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   The best of the best in Alabama High   
  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

2022 Football Coaching Changes

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New Hires: Thirteen
Best Hire: Joel Schrenk, Woodland
Hardest to Replace: Gardner Gilliland, Cleveland
Best Job: Cleveland
Toughest Job: Barbour County
Most Interesting: Joel Schrenk did not find much success at Hazel Green in his last stop there as head football coach. But then again not many other coaches have over the past 20 years. He was very successful in rebuilding the program at Falkville. He inherited a team that had won just four games in three seasons at Falkville and promptly turned them into a winner. Can he do the same for Woodland? Time will tell.
 2022 Coaching Changes 

   Class 2A saw the fewest coaching changes percentage wise as only thirteen schools will have new leadership as the 2022 football season begings. Only Coach Schrenk at Woodland served as a head football coach last season.

 Team  2021 Season  2022 Season

Barbour County (6-5)Riley WhiteDaniel Powell
Barbour County (1-9)Chad MartinDaniel Powell
Central Coosa (2-7)Brett ThomasShundell Russaw
Chickasaw (6-4)Ryan LittleCarl Herring
Clarke County (3-7)Jason BarnettStacy Luker
Cleveland (12-3)Gardner GillilandWill Glaze
Cold Springs (0-10)Justin CorneliusBrendan Voce
Francis Marion (2-8)James JohnsonTermaine Todd
Gaston (10-3)Chad EadsMatt Harris
Geneva County (5-6)Jim Bob StriplinJosh Thompson
Greene County (5-6)KaRon ColemanKaRon Coleman
Holly Pond (4-6)Michael RobertsonChris Moss
Holly Pond (3-7)Mark CorneliusChris Moss
Lakeside (4-6)Tom ClementsJuan Williams
Lanett (10-3)Clifford StoryRobert Bradford
Luverne (9-2)Jason RowellJason Rowell
Section (3-7)Cris BellChris Hammon
Sheffield (2-8)Harold WisdomBrian Dickerson
Tharptown (4-6)Kevin LaceyJacob Hamilton
Washington County (2-8)Ed BrownJohnny Carpenter
Woodland (5-8)Blair ArmstrongJoel Schrenk
Zion Chapel (1-9)Randy BryantCody Keene Jr.
Zion Chapel (1-9)Randy BryantCody Keene Jr.

 Most Victories 
   Coach Paul Benefield leads the list of 2A coaches with 322 victories in thirty one seasons. His winning percentage is among the best of all time in any classification. Look for Fyffe to be back in the hunt for another championship in 2022.

Paul Benefield Fyffe 322 55
Stacy Luker Clarke County 225 96
Josh Wright Tuscaloosa Academy 138 42
Ernie Willingham Collinsville 134 91
Ronn Lee St. Lukes 128 162
Clifford Story Lanett 109 44
Steven Kilcrease Ariton 92 38
Jimmy Nave Whitesburg Christian 83 77
Adam Fossett B.B. Comer 82 73

Longest Tenure at Current School
   In twenty six seasons at Fyffe, Coach Benefield has led his teams to a post season appearance in all but one season. That includes the last twenty one in a row. Only three coaches have won more games at a school than the 277 victories for Coach Benefield at Fyffe. The average tenure of all the 2A coaches is 5.0 years.

26 - Paul Benefield, Fyffe
14 - Ernie Willingham, Collinsville
14 - Clifford Story, Lanett
13 - Wesley Sims, J.U. Blacksher
13 - Jason Lard, Lexington
11 - John Limbaugh, Fayetteville
10 - Daryl Davis, Thorsby
9 - Josh Cox, Wicksburg
8 - Jonathan Nix, Pleasant Valley
8 - Ronn Lee, St. Lukes
8 - Daniel Merchant, Sulligent
7 - Steven Kilcrease, Ariton
7 - Denton Bowling, Hatton
7 - Tate Leonard, Isabella
7 - Keith Kirby, North Sand Mountain
7 - Stephen Bailey, Ranburne
7 - Matt Johnson, Reeltown
6 - Stacy Luker, Clarke County
6 - KaRon Coleman, Greene County
6 - Robert Bradford, Lamar County
5 - Adam Fossett, B.B. Comer
5 - Brett Thomas, Central Coosa
5 - Luke Pruitt, Pisgah
5 - Jason Wambles, Samson
5 - Kevin Byrd, Southeastern
5 - Oscar Bonds, Tanner
5 - Lucas Weatherford, Vincent
5 - Mark Mitchell, Winston County

 Coaching Turnover 2000-2022 
   The lack of success in most football programs often leads to a change in the head coach. These schools have had the most head coaching changes over the past 23 years. Aliceville has to be the surprise in 2A. The Yellow Jackets have had only four losing seasons during this time but have made a dozen coaching changes.

12 Aliceville  
11 Barbour County  
10 Central Coosa  
10 Highland Home  
10 Sulligent  
10 Tuscaloosa Academy  
9 Ariton  
9 Francis Marion  
9 Samson  
8 B.B. Comer  
8 Cold Springs  
8 Geneva County  
8 Holly Pond  
8 Horseshoe Bend  
8 Locust Fork  

David Parker

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