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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

2022 Football Coaching Changes

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New Hires: Seventeen
Best Hire: Jamey DuBose, Orange Beach
Hardest to Replace: Chris Hilliker, Northside
Best Job: Vigor
Toughest Job: Escambia County
Most Interesting: The most interesting new hire has to be Jamey DuBose at Orange Beach. Coach Dubose spent the last two seasons at Lowndes High in Georgia but prior to that he produced state championship teams at Central Phenix City and Prattville. His overall record of 157-45 in sixteen seasons is among the best in the state. Orange Beach, in their third year of varsity football, finished 9-2 last year but will move from 2A to 4A this season as the area continues to grow at a staggering pace. Winning on a consistent basis on the gulf coast will prove to be a daunting task for Coach DuBose.
 2022 Coaching Changes 

    Class 4A saw the second most new hires during the off season as seventeen schools will have a different head coach as the season approaches. Five of the new coaches were head coaches last season and ten were assistants. Tim Bowens at Brooks was the head coach at Clark University. Michael Harper after taking the St. John Paul II job earlier this year has decided to move on to Hazel Green as an assistant. So that job is still vacant as of today.

    Bo Culver heads back to Halyeville after four seasons at three different schools. Deshler is still searching for stability at the head coaching position. Between 1984 and 2013 the Tigers had two head coaches. Patrick Malone will be the sixth different head coach over the past nine seasons.

 Team  2021 Season  2022 Season

Anniston (5-5)Rico WhiteRico White
Bayside Academy (9-3)Phil LazenbyPhil Lazenby
Brooks (12-1)Brad BlackTim Bowens
Bullock County (5-5)Matt PattersonDerrick Levett
Corner (3-7)Shane SmothersJon Cooper
Curry (7-4)Oscar GlasscockD.J. Emerson
D.A.R. (3-7)Hunter HollandBrian Largen
D.A.R. (3-7)Hunter HollandBrian Largen
Dale County (4-6)Luke TuckerLuke Tucker
Deshler (3-7)Randall MartinPatrick Malone
East Lawrence (3-6)Mike LongSean Holt
Escambia County (2-8)Scott MasonVincent Harris
Etowah (6-5)Ryan LockeMatt Glover
Fultondale (1-8)Kendric CookKendric Cook
Geneva (6-5)Brian KnappLes Sanders
Hale County (5-6)Luke LairdRyan Locke
Haleyville (4-6)Chris MussoBo Culver
Holt (2-8)Dustin HycheDustin Hyche
New Hope (4-6)Trey SullivanTyler Johnson
Northside (10-2)Chris HillikerRobbie Jones
Oak Grove (2-8)Zac GlazeChris Musso
Orange Beach (9-2)Chase SmithJamey DuBose
Satsuma (1-9)Ray NelsonRodney Jordan
Sipsey Valley (3-7)Scott MarchantJoey Milligan
Slocomb (3-7)Scott MarchantBryant Garrison
Slocomb (8-4)Richard TisdaleBryant Garrison
St. John Paul II (0-10)Joe RossPadraic Heiliger
St. John Paul II (0-10)Joe RossPadraic Heiliger
St. Pauls (8-4)Steve MaskPhillip Rivers
Talladega (1-9)Shannon FelderWilliam F. Smith
Talladega (1-9)Shannon FelderWilliam F. Smith
Talladega County Central (0-9)Chris MahandWilliam F. Smith
West Blocton (6-5)Eric HiottDreMail King

 Most Victories 
   Trent Taylor at Andalusia leads all 4A coaches with 253 victories in the state of Alabama. His Bulldogs are always a tough opponent for any team on a Friday night.

Trent Taylor Andalusia 253 145
Brent Hubbert T.R. Miller 211 52
Phil Lazenby Bayside Academy 194 103
Robert Johnson Montgomery Academy 176 103
Larry Strain Handley 158 114
Clint Smith Jacksonville 138 82
Jamey DuBose Orange Beach 137 40
Barry Peoples Hamilton 89 72
William F. Smith Talladega 77 65
Matt Glover Etowah 76 70
Les Sanders Geneva 76 56

 Longest Tenure at Current School 
   Coach Phil Lazenby at Bayside Academy is the longest tenured coach at his current school in 4A as he begins his sixteenth season. Lazenby has twenty five years of experience as a head coach at four different schools.

   The average tenure of all the 4A coaches is 3.5 years. That is the lowest of any classification. Only three coaches have been with their current school more than ten seasons.

16 - Phil Lazenby, Bayside Academy
12 - Heath Wood, Central Florence
11 - Clint Smith, Jacksonville
8 - Trent Taylor, Andalusia
8 - Matt Geohagan, Bibb County
8 - Les Sanders, Geneva
8 - Alan Scott, Good Hope
8 - Larry Strain, Handley
7 - Louis LeBlanc, Westminster Christian
5 - Rico White, Anniston
5 - Phil Phillips, Oneonta
5 - Shelby Davis, West Limestone
5 - Reggie Powell, Wilcox Central
5 - Matt Poarch, Wilson

 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. No other school has had more changes than Dallas County in any classification. The fourteen coaching changes is tied with J.F. Shields and Coosa Christian for the most.

14 Dallas County  
13 Bullock County  
10 Ashville  
10 Cordova  
10 East Lawrence  
10 Satsuma  
9 Dale County  
9 Dora  
9 Escambia County  
9 Hale County  
9 Hanceville  
9 Holt  
9 Randolph  
9 Wilcox Central  

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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

From 1947 until his retirement in 1992 Glenn Daniel's teams won 302 games at Pine Hill and Luverne. He was the winningest coach in state history until 2010.