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2014 Class 7A Coaching Changes 


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Class 7A
New Hires: 8
Best Hire: Josh Floyd, Hewitt-Trussville
Hardest to replace: Bart Sessions, McGill-Toolen
Best Job: McGill-Toolen
Toughest Job: Grissom


Region 1

Mary Montgomery - Al Jones who served as the interim head football coach for the Vikings during the 2013 season stepped down following the season. He had taken over the head coaching duties following the unexpected departure of Brad Lowell in the spring of 2013. Jones, spent 28 years teaching and coaching in Mississippi before retiring in 2012. Mike Dean comes back to Mobile County after serving as the head football coach at McGill-Toolen between 2009-10 with a 14-8 record. Dean, a graduate of Fairhope high school where he father was the head football coach, has been the head coach at Daleville (2008), Valley (2011) and Charles Henderson (2012-13). He led the Trojans to the Super Six championship game last season with a 14-1 record before losing to Oneonta.

McGill-Toolen - Bart Sessions went 34-5 in three seasons with the Yellow Jackets. He resigned following the season to seek other coaching opportunities. Caleb Ross takes over for Coach Sessions after serving one year as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at McGill-Toolen. Ross is a 1997 graduate of Prattville and later graduated from Samford. He served as an assistant in Mississippi before going home to Prattville as an assistant coach. He was the head coach at Thompson in 2011 where his team finished with a 2-8 record.

Murphy - Ronn Lee, 53, resigned after ten seasons as the head football coach of the Panthers. His overall record was 77-38 at Murphy. He later was announced as the new athletics compliance officer for Mobile County Public Schools. Longtime offensive coordinator Rick Cauley was immediately named as the interim head coach. It is Cauley



Region 2

Smiths Station - Mark Rose resigned f9ollowing the 2013 season. His six teams at Smiths Station went 34-31 with three playoff appearances. Rose would later accept the head coaching job at North Jackson, a place he had coached from 2000-07. Jason Dukes landed the head coaching position after a ten year stint at his alma mater Alpharetta High School near Atlanta Georgia. His last five seasons were as the head football coach at the school. His teams finished with a 34-21 record and reached the playoffs four times.

Central Phenix City - Woodrow Lowe went 33-13 in four years at Central before moving on. Jamey Dubose moves over after two seasons at Florence where his teams finished 16-8. Prior to his stint in Florence, Dubose found success as the head coach at Prattville following in the footsteps of Bill Clark. His four teams at Prattville went 45-10 and won two Class 6A state championships. Dubose also served as the head football coach at Susan Moore in 2002-03. His overall coaching record is 71-29.



Region 3

Hewitt-Trussville - Hal Riddle retires after twelve seasons at Hewitt-Trussville. His record with the Huskies was 79-55. All but two of his teams reached the playoffs. Josh Floyd takes over the program after a successful stint at Shiloh Christian in Arkansas. His ten years with the program produced a 99-21-1 record and five trips to the state championship game. His team won four titles.



Region 4

Grissom - Dale Overton left Grissom after going 0-10 in 2013 and 3-17 over the past two seasons at the school. Eddie Stewart takes over the program after serving as the defensive coordinator the past two seasons. He has also worked as an assistant at Hartselle, Huntsville, Sparkman, North Jackson, Gadsden and West End.

Sparkman - Tim Gillespie stepped down after two seasons as the head coach at Sparkman. His two teams finished 2-18. Bo Culver accepted the head coaching job at Sparkman after serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Florence under Jamey Dubose the past two seasons. Culver was the head football coach at Phil Campbell between 2008-11 with a 9-21 record in three seasons. Coach Culver is a 2002 graduate of Hatton high school where he played running back.




David Parker
  AHSFHS.org
  dparker@ahsfhs.org







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