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2016 Class 3A Coaching Changes 


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Class 3A
New Hires: 14
Best Hire: Andrew Thomas, T.R. Miller
Hardest to replace: Lee Ozmint, Glencoe
Best Job: T.R. Miller
Toughest Job: Cottage Hill Christian


Region 1

T.R. Miller 

Andrew Thomas will replace the legend in Brewton. Thomas went 60-5 in five seasons at Trenton near Gainsville Florida. Last season Trenton won the Class 1A state championship with a 14-0 record. His team also won the 2013 title.

Thomas is a 2000 graduate of Florida State and also coached at his alma mater, Dixie County High, as well as Chiefland and Newberry in Florida.



Excel 

Jason Wambles takes over the Excel football program after seven seasons at Kinston. His teams went 32-44 at Kinston and 0-6 in the post season. He is a 1996 graduate of Kinston and played college football at Bethel University where he earned a degree.



Cottage Hill Christian 

David Peebles arrives at Cottage Hill Christian after coaching the wide receivers and special teams at Baldwin County High this past season. He has also served on the staffs at McGill-Toolen and Spanish Fort. Peebles is a 33 year old graduate of Gulf Shores.





Region 2

Slocomb 

A graduate of Pleasant Home, Richard Tisdale will be the head football coach at Slocomb in 2016. After only one year at Daleville, he was hired at G.W. Long where he served as an assistant football coach.

in 2013, he moved to Rehobeth where he coached the quarterbacks the past three seasons.





Region 3

Prattville Christian 

John Fussell became the head football coach at Prattville Christian during the off season. He comes from Straugh where he served as the defensive coordinator.

He was also the baseball coach at Straughn from 2006-2014 winning three area championships during his term.



Montgomery Academy 

Gary Nelson took over the coaching duties following the resignation of Anthony McCall. he has served as an assistant football coach at the school.





Region 4

Montevallo 

Brandon Wilcox moves from Marion County to Montevallo after only two seasons at the school with a 10-14 record. His first team went 8-6 and lost in the semi-finals of the playoffs.

The 32 year old coach is a graduate of T.R. Miller and North Alabama.

Following college, Wilcox held coaching positions at Verbena High School (defensive coordinator, head strength and conditioning coach), Carroll High School (linebacker, head strength and conditioning coach), Dale County High School (offensive line, linebacker, head strength and conditioning coach and assistant head coach) and Enterprise as the linebackers coach prior to accepting the head coaching position at Marion County in 2014.





Region 6

Glencoe 

Rusty Davis was hired to replaced the retiring Lee Ozmint. He most recently served as an assistant coach at Smiths Station. He is a 1985 graduate of Hokes Bluff and Millsaps College.

He coached at Smiths Station for the past 24 years and in the most recent years coached the quarterbacks and receivers.



Hanceville 

Hanceville grad Craig Flanigan takes over the head coaching duties at the school this fall. He graduated from Hanceville in 1992.

Flanigan spent the past seven seasons at Hayden. The past four as offensive coordinator. He previously coached at Austin for two years and Walker for six seasons.





Region 7

Pisgah 

Anthony Jacks will become the new head football coach at Pisgah in 2016. He spent last year coaching the defensive backs at Pelham.

Jacks was the head coach at B.B. Comer for five seasons (2010-14) with a 15-37 record.



North Sand Mountain 

Keith Kirby, a 1999 graduate of North Sand Mountain, will be the head football coach at the school for the 2016 season. This will be his first head coaching position.





Region 8

Lauderdale County 

Jeff Mason takes over the football program at Lauderdale County. He is a 1984 graduate of the school. This will be his first head coaching job.



Colbert Heights 

Taylor Leathers spent the last four years at Lexington serving as the offensive coordinator, strength and conditioning coach, running backs, defensive line and quarterbacks coach under head coach Jason Lard.

Leathers graduated from Winfield High School in 2003 and attended the University of North Alabama where he played football.

His coaching career began in 2008 as an assistant football coach at Waterloo. He then moved to Wilson for three years, serving as the defensive coordinator, offensive line, running backs and linebackers coach during parts of his tenure. He was also the head junior varsity baseball coach at all three schools.






David Parker
  AHSFHS.org
  dparker@ahsfhs.org







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