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2017 Class 5A Coaching Changes 

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Region 1

Faith Academy - Lance Lawley

Lance Lawley leaves Faith Academy after only one season for personal reasons. His only team finished with a 3-7 record.

2017 Season - Jeff Estes

Athletic director Woodie Head announced that defensive coordinator Jeff Estes has been promoted to interim head coach and will remain in that position at least through the 2017 season.

Region 2

Headland - Scott Glenn

Scott Glenn leaves Headland after just two seasons with a 7-13 record.

2017 Season - Danny Raines

Danny Raines leaves Berry after fourteen seasons as the winningest coach in school history. His record of 102-59 includes a dozen playoff appearances and nine post season victories. His teams also won ten games on three different occasions.

Region 3

Demopolis - Stacy Luker

Stacy Luker stepped down as the head football coach at Demopolis after just two years at the school. His two teams went 17-7 and 2-2 in the playoffs.

It did not take him long to find another job at Clarke County where he will bring a winning attitude to the program.

2017 Season - Brian Seymore

Brian Seymore arrives in Demopolis with a 69-48 record in eleven seasons as a head football coach. He moves from Mary Montgomery where in two seasons his teams went 8-12.

He has previously served as a head football coach at Pike Liberal Arts (15-7 and Andalusia (46-29).

Dallas County - Marty Smith

Marty Smith leaves Dallas County after three seasons with a 15-17 record and 0-2 in the playoffs.

2017 Season - Clifford Matthews

Clifford Matthews arrives at Dallas County after serving the past few seasons as the defensive coordinator at Selma. He was hired in mid July just before fall practice began at the school.

Sumter Central - Charles Graves

Charles Graves leaves Sumter Central after two seasons with a 3-17 record.

2017 Season - Shannon Felder

After a couple of years away from being a head football coach, Shannon Felder takes over at Sumter Central in York. He was the head coach at Donoho for eleven seasons from 2004-2014 with a record of 67-54.

Region 4

Lincoln - Brad Wallace

Brad Wallace leaves Lincoln after four seasons with a 19-26 record including 2-3 in the playoffs. He returns to Washington County (Ga.) where he worked prior to coming to Lincoln.

2017 Season - Matt Zedaker

Matt Zedaker has been named as the head football coach at Lincoln for the upcoming season. He most recently served as the defensive coordinator for the Sylacauga Aggies. He was at the school for the past 17 years.

Talladega - Robert Herring Jr.

Robert Herring Jr. leaves Talladega after struggling to find a way to turn around a perennial losing football program. His four teams went a combined 10-28 and failed to reach the playoffs in any season.

2017 Season - Ted Darby

Ted Darby spent last year as an assistant at Talladega and will lead the program in 2017 as the head football coach. He has 20 years of coaching experience and was the head coach at Fayetteville in 2000 where his team finished 0-9.

Coach Darby will try to do something the last six coaches at Taladega were unable to accomplish. Finish a season with a winning record. The last time Talladega won more games than they lost was back in 1994.

The last time Talladega won a playoff games was, well never. They are 0-7 in the playoffs and have not reached the post season wince 1995.

Region 5

Fairfield - L.C. Cole

After just two seasons, L.C. Cole was not retained as the head football coach at Fairfield. His teams finished a combined 13-9 and 1-1 in the playoffs.

2017 Season - Keon Handley

Keon Handley arrives in Fairfield after one season at the helm in Selma where his team finished with a 1-9 record. Handley returns to the school he graduated from in 1997.

St. Clair County - Lance Smith

Lance Smith leaves the St. Clair County football program after three successive 3-7 seasons.

2017 Season - Matt Glover

Matt Glover arrives at St. Clair County from Pinson Valley where he led the football program for the past eight seasons. His teams went a combined 50-41 and 4-7 in the post season. His overall record, including three years at Moody stands at 64-58.

Woodlawn - Cornelius Turner

Cornelius Turner leaves Woodlawn after just two seasons and a 3-17 record. The Colonels have struggled on the football field winning just seven games the past five years.

2017 Season - George Bates

George Bates takes over at Woodlawn after three seasons as the head football coach at Minor. His teams finished a combined 26-11 with a 4-3 playoff record.

Bates also was the head coach at Parker during the 2012 and 2013 seasons with a 12-10 record. He is a graduate of Midfield High.

Region 7

Scottsboro - Patrick Nix

After five seasons as the head football coach at Scottsboro, Patrick Nix moves to Pinson Valley in 2017. His record at Scottsboro stands at 28-18 including 12-1 last year.

2017 Season - Don Jacobs

Don Jacobs arrives at Scottsboro after a successful stint in Oneonta. The former Alabama quarterback went 65-25 in seven seasons including a state championship in 2013. His overall record stands at 87-38 which includes three seasons at Elkmont.

Boaz - Eric Whaley

Boaz football coach Eric Whaley stepped down last week following a return of the cancer he has been battling the past two years.

2017 Season - Jeremy Sullivan

Jeremy Sullivan has been hired as the head football coach at Boaz. He spent the past two seasons at Pelham. He was the Panthers offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

Sullivan was the head coach at Citronelle (2009-10) with a 7-13 record before moving on to Jackson where he was an assistant coach.

Douglas - Brad Pounds

Brad Pounds leaves Douglas after just one season with a 1-9 record.

2017 Season - Bryan Jennings

Bryan Jennings arrives at Douglas after spending the past two years as an assistant at Sardis. He was the head football coach at Susan Moore from 2007-20014 where his teams went a combined 44-42 in eight seasons.

His Susan Moore teams went 9-3 in back-to-back seasons and won consecutive region championships.

Region 8

St. John Paul II - John Mumford

John Mumford leaves St. John Paul II after just one season to accept a position as an assistant coach at New Mexico State. He will become the defensive line coach.

2017 Season - David Lloyd

David Lloyd will lead the Falcons into the 2017 football season as their head coach. Lloyd was the head coach at Kestrel Heights in Durham NC from 2013-16.

Ardmore - Clint Legg

Clint Legg resigned his position as head football coach in late July to accept a job as the East Limestone assistant principal. His teams at Ardmore finished a combined 14-27 in four years.

2017 Season - Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith takes over at Ardmore in 2017.

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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Luverne 'Toad' Wise was the first female football player in Alabama and may have been the first in the country. She was a kicker for the Escambia County Blue Devils in 1939-40.