2017 Class 7A Coaching Changes
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 - Vacant
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.
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 - Vacant
Gadsden City - Matt Scott
Matt Scott has 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 and assistant coach at Prattville before taking over the head coaching duties at McGill-Toolen in 2011.
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.
The Morgan Academy Senators have appeared in 14 state championship games from 1984-2008, winning the title 11 times.