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2014 Class 3A Coaching Changes 


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Class 3A
New Hires: 10
Best Hire: Scott Martin, Ohatchee
Hardest to replace: Adam Gilbert, No. Sand Mtn.
Best Job: American Christian
Toughest Job: Clements


Region 1

Cottage Hill Christian - Joe Downey resigned after three seasons at Cottage Hill. His overall record in 22 seasons as a head football coach is 123-114. Ham Barnett accepted the head coaching job. He was the linebackers and strength and conditioning coach at Mary Montgomery the past two seasons.

Opp - Head football coach Jack Whigham was not retained as the head football coach at Opp following the 2013 season. He had been the head coach for the past eight seasons and leaves with a record of 40-46. Brent Hill was hired in January to take over the football program at Opp. He was the head coach at St. George



Region 2

Wicksburg - Donny Gillilan leaves Wicksburg after four years with a record of 12-27. None of his teams were able to reach the playoffs. Josh Cox will fill the void this season at Wicksburg. He is a ten year assistant coach at the school and will be famaliar with the program and the players. Cox played football at Wicksburg and graduated in 1997. He later earnes his degree at Troy before embarking on his coaching career.

Daleville - After four seasons at Daleville, Brad McCoy leaves with an overall record of 34-19. Josh Parrish takes over the football program at Daleville. He is the son of long-time Alabama high school coach Harry Wayne Parrish. Parrish served as the defensive coordinator at Daleville the past three years. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Northview for five years.

Abbeville - Alphus Shipman leaves Abbeville after seven years with a record of 33-41 with the program. Robin Tyra was named the head football coach in June after serving as the defensive coordinator at Headland the past four seasons. He was also the head coach at Coffeeville for six seasons with a record of 22-40 and at Aliceville for one year in 2009 with a 6-5 mark.



Region 3

Prattville Christian - Sam Peak left the school after only one season as the head football coach and a record of 3-7. Chris Jones takes over the head coaching duties. Jones served as the defensive coordinator at Arab the past two seasons. He was the head coach at Douglas, Hazel Green and Riverside Christian of Fayetteville, TN where his teams went a combined 14-36.



Region 4

American Christian - John Causey resigned after three seasons at the school with a record of 21-14. Chris Smelley, a 2006 graduate of the school, was named to replace Causey in January. It will be his first head coaching job after serving as an assistant at Hillcrest this past season.



Region 6

Ohatchee - Nathan Wehunt resigned after only two seasons at the helm of Ohatchee. His two teams finished with a 3-17 record. Scott Martin moved over from Hillcrest Tuscaloosa to take over the football program. Martin, a native of Baton Rouge, LA, has more than 20 years of coaching experience in Louisiana and Alabama. He was the head football coach at Calera for two years (2009-10) with a 14-8 record before going to Hillcrest in 2012. His last two teams at Hillcrest finished with an 11-11 record.



Region 7

North Sand Mountain - Adam Gilbert resigned to accepted the head coaching job at Arab. His four squads at North Sand Mountain went 30-14 and the last three qualified for the playoffs. Jeff Monroe takes over the football program for the Bison.



Region 8

Clements - Dan Beavers leaves Clements after only one season at the helm. His only team finished 1-9. Cody McCain takes over the head coaching duties after serving as the head football coach at Pleasant Home the past two years with a 6-14 mark.




David Parker
  AHSFHS.org
  dparker@ahsfhs.org







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