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2016 Class 5A Coaching Changes 

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Class 5A
New Hires: 6
Best Hire: Andrew Zow, Calera
Hardest to replace: Wiley McKeller, Calera
Best Job: Calera
Toughest Job: St. John Paul II

Region 1

Faith Academy 

Lance Lawley hopes to turn the Rams into winners as the takes over the helm at Faith Academy for the 2016 season.

Lawley graduated from Daphne high school in 1993 where he played football before making the baseball team at Troy. He has served as an assistant at McGill-Toolen, Mary Montgomery and Jackson prior to taking his first head coaching job at Faith this year.

Wilcox Central 

Frederick Newton takes over the football program at Wilcox Central.

Region 3


James Brothers moves over from Autaugaville after spending the past four seasons leading the football program. His teams finished a combined 18-23 including 1-1 in the post season.

Region 4


Andrew Zow stepped down from the head coaching position at Montevallo in January to accept the same position at Calera.

The former Crimson Tide quarterback led Montevallo to the second round of the playoffs in 2015 before losing to eventual state champions Leeds. His teams at Montevallo finished a combined 13-29 in four seasons.

Region 7


Brad Pounds will lead Douglas in 2016 on the football field. He spent the past three seasons on the staff at Albertville. Previously Pounds worked at Guntersville on the staff for coach Lance Reese. He is a graduate of Boaz and played for Nick Saban at Alabama. This will be his first job as a head football coach.


Miles Holcomb takes over the head coaching duties at Crossville for the 2016 season. A former player at the school, Holcomb was a member of the first football team at Shorter University.

Region 8

Mae Jemison 

Kelvis White moves over from Dothan to become the head football coach at Mae Jemison in Huntsville. His 8 year record at Dothan was 39-45 and 0-4 in the post season.

The new school replaces J.O. Johnson in the Huntsville area. White has served as an assistant coach at Russellville and Homewood prior to accepting the head coaching position at Dothan in 2008. He is a graduate of Courtland High School and the University of Alabama. He is the brother of Laron White, the head football coach at Tanner.

St. John Paul II 

John Mumford moves from the college ranks to high school football at the school. The Lawrence, Kansas native played at Pittsburg State. He has coached at Louisiana-Monroe and Army most recently at the college level.

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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Hazlewood won an amazing seventeen consecutive region championships from 1986-2002.