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2017 Class 7A Coaching Changes 


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Region 1

Alma Bryant - Bruce Breland

After nineteen seasons as a head coach in Alabama, Bruce Breland hangs up his headset. He spent the last four years at Alma Bryant where he found little success and finished with a 7-34 record including 1-19 his last two seasons with the hurricanes.

His overall record stands at 88-109 at six different schools. Breland will return to the Birmingham area to deal with medical issues.


2017 Season - Doug Hoehn

Doug Hoehn arrives at Alma Bryant from 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.

Hoehn was previously a head coach in Mississippi and Virginia.





Mary Montgomery - Brian Seymore

Brian Seymore leaves Mary Montgomery after just two seasons with a 8-12 record. His last team finished 5-5 which was the best record at MGM since the 2002 season.


2017 Season - Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson leaves Starughn after only two seasons to accept the head coaching job at Mary Montgomery. He led the team to 5-6 and 4-6 records and went 1-2 in the playoffs.

Wilson has previously been the head football coach at Washing County where his teams finished a combined 57-12 in five seasons including two trips to the Super Six.





Murphy - Rick Cauley

Rick Cauley leaves Murphy for Gulf Shores after three seasons and a 20-13 record. Each of his teams reached the playoffs but none managed to win a game in the post season.


2017 Season - Muskingum Barnes

Muskingum Barnes, an assistant on the Panther staff the past three seasons, will lead Murphy into the 2017 football season.

Barnes was born in Biloxi, MS, and graduated from Moss Point High in 1997. He played at LSU from 1997 to 2002 and briefly in the NFL before pursuing other careers.





McGill-Toolen - Caleb Ross

After just three seasons at McGill-Toolen, Caleb Ross moves on to Opelika. He led the Yellow Jackets to their best season in school history with a 13-1 record and a state championship in 2015.


2017 Season - Earnest Hill

The Yellow Jackets promoted defensive coordinator Earnest Hill to the head football coaching job during the off season. In his only stint as a head coach he finished 19-15 in three seasons at Greenville (2011-13). He has also served as an assistant coach at Spanish Fort and Walker.






Region 3

Tuscaloosa County - Bart Sessions

Bart Sessions leaves Tuscaloosa County after just a single season. He has moved on and accepted the head coaching job at Gadsden City. His only team in Tuscaloosa finished with a 2-8 record.


2017 Season - John Holladay

John Holladay left Buckhorn after a single season with a 5-5 record. He accepted the head coaching job at Tuscaloosa County.

Holladay has previously been the head football coach at Brilliant, Hamilton, Clay-Chalkville and Walker. His overall record in seventeen seasons stands at 135-71 and 13-13 in the playoffs.






Region 4

Buckhorn - John Holladay

John Holladay leaves Buckhorn after a single season with a 5-5 record. He accepted the head coaching job at Tuscaloosa County.


2017 Season - Keith Henderson

Keith Henderson returns to the area as the head coach at Buckhorn for the 2017 football season. Henderson previously served as the head coach at Sparkman and Grissom. He spent the past five years as an assistant at Arab.

Henderson is a 1985 graduate of Butler High and Jacksonville State.





Gadsden City - Matt Scott

Matt Scott resigned as the head football coach at Gadsden City after just four seasons with the school. His teams went a combined 27-20 and 4-3 in the playoffs.


2017 Season - Bart Sessions

Bart Sessions leaves Tuscaloosa County after just a single season to accept the head coaching job at Gadsden City. His only team in Tuscaloosa finished with a 2-8 record. He previously served as an assistant coach at Prattville before taking over the head coaching duties at McGill-Toolen in 2011 for three seasons.





Huntsville - Clint Woodfin

Clint Woodfin stepped down after two years as the head coach at Huntsville. His two squads went 2-8 each year and failed to reach the playoffs.


2017 Season - Mark Fleetwood

Mark Fleetwood arrives in Huntsville after spending the last six seasons at Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) where his teams went 41-27.

He has also served as an assistant coach at the college level at Troy, Citadel, Chattanooga and Jacksonville State.





Grissom - Eddie Stewart

Eddie Stewart leaves Grissom after three seasons with a dismal 1-29 record. He leaves a program that has struggled to find any success the past few years winning just one game the past four years.


2017 Season - Chip English

Chip English arrives from West Caldwell High in Lenoir, N.C where he rebuilt the football program. He will need to do the same for a football program at Grissom that has struggled for many years to find a winning formula.





Sparkman - Chris Cagle

Chris Cagle resigned during the off season after three seasons at Sparkman as the head football coach. His three teams went a combined 11-19 without reaching the playoffs.


2017 Season - Laron White

In fourteen seasons at Tanner, Laron White won 148 games and a couple of state championships. He hopes to bring that sort of success to Sparkman as he assumes the head coaching duties at the school.

His teams at Tanner went 91-6 in Region play and 29-12 in the post seasons. Every one of his teams qualified for the playoffs.








David Parker
  AHSFHS.org
  dparker@ahsfhs.org







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