2017 Class 5A Coaching Changes
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).
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.
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.
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.
Spence McCracken won a record 21 Area/Region Championships at Montgomery Academy, Lee Montgomery and Opelika during his coaching career.