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2017 Class 4A Coaching Changes 

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Region 1

Escambia County - Royce Young

Royce Young leaves Escambia County High after three seasons with an unimpressive 4-26 record. His teams could never seem to find a winning formula at the once great football program. The school has fallen on tough times on the gridiron after being a powerhouse through the 1980s.

2017 Season - Rico Jackson

Rico Jackson arrives in Atmore to assume the head coaching duties for the Blue Devils. He has served as the head football coach at Fairfield and Aliceville where his teams finished a combined 35-21 in five seasons.

W.S. Neal - Doug Hoehn

Doug Hoehn leaves W.S. Neal where he served as the head football coach the past seven seasons. His teams went 33-31 including a 2-3 record in the playoffs.

2017 Season - Andro Williams

Andro Williams leaves Linden with a very impressive 110-23 record over the past ten seasons. Every team qualified for a playoff spot and none lost more than four games in a season. He will serve as the head football coach at W.S> Neal for the upcoming season.

Region 2

Trinity - Randy Ragsdale

Randy Ragsdale stepped down after 28 years as the head football coach at Trinity in Montgomery. His teams went a combined 242-86 during his time at Trinity and 29-24 in the playoffs.

His 2003 team finished a perfect 15-0 capping the season with a state championship.

2017 Season - Barry Loyal

Barry Loyal takes over for longtime coach Randy Ragsdale in 2017. Loyal graduated form the school in 1985 and was the teams offensive coordinator from 2000-05.

Loyal started the football program at Chattanooga Christian in 2005 and went 13-37 before leaving for an assistant coaching job at Signal Mountain High near Chattanooga the past three seasons.

Alabama Christian - Bill Moore

Bill Moore will not return to Alabama Christian after four seasons at the helm. His teams could never find a winning way as they finished a combined 10-31 and 0-1 in the playoffs.

2017 Season - Nate Sanford

Alabama Christian Academy offensive coordinator, and boys soccer coach, Nate Sanford will take over as new football coach. In 2001, he started at Northland Christian School in Texas and went 55-15 over the next six seasons, and was head coach in 2011-14 at The Woodlands Christian School, compiling 8-5, 5-5, 7-5 and 12-1 records at the school.

Region 3

Holtville - Hunter Adams

Hunter Adams leaves Holtville after five seasons that produced a 4-46 record. His last three teams finished 1-29 and could never seem to find a way to win on the football field.

2017 Season - Jason Franklin

Jason Franklin leaves Horseshoe Bend for Holtville after nine seasons with a 34-59 overall record. His teams made three playoff appearances but failed to produce a win in the post season.

Region 4

Northside - Darrin Hughes

Darrin Hughes leaves Northside as the head football coach after one season with a 6-4 record.

2017 Season - Chris Hilliker

Chris Hilliker returns to Northisde after a season away from the program. He put together a 27-16 record between 2012-2015 at Northside.

Region 5

Ashville - Steve Martin

Steve Martin leaves Ashville after four years with a 10-30 record without ever leading the team to the playoffs.

2017 Season - Trey Pike

Trey Pike takes over the football program at Ashville for the 2017 season. Pike has previously been the head coach at Crossville (2011) and Ellwood Christian (2015). Both teams finished with a 3-7 record.

Oneonta - Don Jacobs

Don Jacobs resigned as the head football coach at Oneonta after seven seasons and a 65025 record. His stint included a state championship in 2013 and two other Super Six appearances.

2017 Season - Brandon Herring

Brandon Herring takes over the head coaching duties at Oneonta in 2017. He spent the past two seasons at the high school level working as an assistant coach at Gadsden City and Athens.

A graduate of Hueytown, Herring has worked as an assistant at UAB and Samford.

Region 6

Haleyville - Bo Culver

Bo Culver stepped down as the head football coach at Haleyville to accept the same position at Deshler during the off season. His three teams at Haleyville finished with a record of 25-10 including a 2-3 record in the playoffs.

2017 Season - Todd McNutt

Todd McNutt is a graduate of Haleyville and spent the past three seasons as the defensive coordinator at the school. He will assume the duties as the head football coach in 2017. This will be his first head coaching position.

Dora - Mike Cain

Mike Cain leaves Dora after two years with a 4-16 record and no playoff appearances. His 2016 team finished 4-6 which was a major improvement over the 0-10 year the previous season.

2017 Season - Bart Lockhart

Bart Lockhart arrives at Dora after a very successful season at Sumiton Christian. His final squat at Sumiton finished 9-3.

Region 7

D.A.R. - Bobby Rhoades

Bobby Rhoades leaves D.A.R. after three seasons for a position in Georgia. His teams finished with a combined 12-19 record. The 2015 squad went 8-3, losing in the first round of the playoffs.

2017 Season - Joel Poole

Joel Poole will lead D.A.R. onto the football field this year. He is a former coach at Albertville, Madison County and Pleasant Valley. His overall record stands at 59-69 in a dozen seasons as a head coach.

Region 8

Deshler - Mike Hand

Mike Hand resigned following the 2016 after just two seasons at Deshler. His 2016 team finished with a 2-8 record which was the worst record at the school since 1970. His two years produced a 7-14 record and 0-1 in the playoffs.

2017 Season - Bo Culver

Bo Culver comes over from three seasons at Haleyville where his teams finished a combined 25-10. He has also served as the head football coach at Phil Campbell and supports a 34-31 overall coaching record in six seasons.

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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

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