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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

2022 Football Coaching Changes

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New Hires: Thirteen
Best Hire: Patrick Browning, Greenville
Hardest to Replace: John  McKenzie, Vigor
Best Job: Vigor
Toughest Job: Talladega
Most Interesting: Patrick Browning built the football program at Pike Road from nothing to a state championship in just four short years. It was truly an amazing job. Now he moves on  to Greenville where rebuilding will not be necessary as the Tigers already have a program in pretty good shape. Greenville has a history of hiring great coaches but they generally do not hang around long. Bryant Vincent, Ben Blackmon, Patrick Plott and Josh McLendon were all young coach at Greenville who left after a few seasons.
 2022 Coaching Changes 

   Of the thirteen new hires in 5A only one was a head football coach last season. That one coach was a great hire for Greenville as Patrick Browning brings with him a state championship from last year at Pike Road. The remaining twelve jobs went to assisant coaches.

    A couple of interesting hires in the Mobile area as former Auburn star player Antonio Coleman takes over at Williamson and John McKenzie moves from Vigor where his team won a state championship last season to Murphy.

 Team  2021 Season  2022 Season

B.T. Washington (3-7)Lawrence YeldingLawrence Yelding
Carver Birmingham (1-9)Derone FaganRod Carson
Carver Birmingham (1-9)Derone FaganRod Carson
Carver Montgomery (1-9)Derone FaganRod Carson
Carver Montgomery (5-6)Marcus GardnerRod Carson
Chelsea (4-7)Dustin GoodwinQuinn Hambrite
Crossville (0-10)Josh TaylorRiley Edwards
Crossville (0-10)Josh TaylorRiley Edwards
Cullman (7-4)Oscar GlasscockRiley Edwards
East Central HomeSchool (3-6)Mike LongBrandon Lyles
East Limestone (5-6)Jeff PughClint Woodfin
Elkmont (2-8)Nathan McDanielNathan McDaniel
Elkmont (0-10)Michael PendergastNathan McDaniel
Elmore County (0-10)Jordan CantrellKyle Caldwell
Eufaula (5-6)Ed RigbyJerrell Jernigan
Fairfield (7-4)Keon HandleyShepherd Skanes
Faith Academy (12-2)George Redding Jr.George Redding Jr.
Faith Academy (12-2)George Redding Jr.Jack French
Greenville (8-4)Josh McLendonPatrick Browning
Greenville (8-4)Josh McLendonPatrick Browning
Hazel Green (1-9)Keith RegisterKeith Register
Headland (2-8)Rodney Dollar6/Reginald MeltonReginald Melton
Jasper (5-5)Philip BaileyPhilip Bailey
Jemison (5-5)Philip BaileyJohn Therrell
LeFlore (0-10)Shon BurneyJerry Hood
LeFlore (0-10)Shon BurneyRenardo Jackson
Moody (6-4)Adam WallaceJake Ganus
Rehobeth (6-5)Matt JohnsonPate Harrison
Sardis (1-9)Gene HillChris Stephenson
Sardis (1-9)Gene HillChris Stephenson
Scottsboro (3-7)Cris BellCris Bell
Selma (5-6)Willie GandyWillie Gandy
Springwood (1-9)Kurt PageJon Clements
St. Clair County (0-10)P.J. WrightP.J. Wright
St. James (0-10)P.J. WrightP.J. Wright
St. James (10-2)Jimmy PerryP.J. Wright
Sylacauga (7-4)Rob CarterRob Carter
Sylvania (7-4)Rob CarterRob Carter
Tallassee (7-3)Mike Battles Jr.Mike Battles Jr.
Tanner (7-3)Mike Battles Jr.Mike Battles Jr.
Vigor (14-1)John McKenzieMarkus Cook
Vigor (14-1)John McKenzieMarkus Cook
Vina (0-10)Ben GuinMarkus Cook
West Blocton (1-9)Nicholas HowardNicholas Howard
West Blocton (6-5)Eric HiottNicholas Howard
Williamson (5-6)Melvin Pete Jr.Antonio Coleman
Williamson (5-6)Melvin Pete Jr.Antonio Coleman
Wilson (1-9)Matt PoarchAntonio Coleman

 Most Victories 
     Class 5A has the distinction of having two coaches with over 300 wins in their career. Terry Curtis and Danny Horn will both be working toward getting to that magical number of 346. That is the state record for most victories by a football coach held by Buddy Anderson. Both coaches will enter the season with a shot at the record if their teams have a stellar season.

     Coach Curtis also has the most playoff victories of any coach with 79.

Terry Curtis UMS-Wright 336 92
Danny Horn Central Clay County 332 93
Mike Battles Jr. Tallassee 187 95
Jerry Hood Leeds 124 65
Brian Seymore Demopolis 115 64
George Redding Jr. Fairview 101 63
Jack French Faith Academy 99 48
Lance Reese Guntersville 98 37
Lee Ozmint Arab 96 50
Patrick Plott Carroll 93 41
Keith Register Hayden 84 109

 Longest Tenure at Current School 
   Terry Curtis has been at UMS-Wright for twenty four seasons. It has been an impressive run for the Bulldogs under his direction to say the least. When he first moved to UMS-Wright back in 1999 the Bulldogs were 3A. Now they are competing in 5A thanks to the private school multiplier and competitive balance. Even with the move to 5A the Bulldogs are still very competitive.

   The average tenure of all the 4A coaches is 4.1 years.

24 - Terry Curtis, UMS-Wright
16 - George Redding Jr., Fairview
13 - Lance Reese, Guntersville
11 - Mike Battles Jr., Tallassee
10 - Keith Register, Hayden
10 - Don Farley, West Point
7 - Rod Carson, Carver Birmingham
6 - Jeremy Sullivan, Boaz
6 - Brian Seymore, Demopolis
6 - Jason Franklin, Holtville
6 - Matt Zedaker, Lincoln
5 - Todd Ginn, Alexandria
5 - Danny Horn, Central Clay County
5 - Jason Barnett, Citronelle
5 - Jack French, Faith Academy
5 - Darrell LeBeaux, Pleasant Grove
5 - John Ritter, Russellville

 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. Greenville, with fifteen winning seasons during this time, has changed coaches nine times.

12 Carver Birmingham  
12 Crossville  
11 Headland  
9 Ardmore  
9 Carroll  
9 Douglas  
9 Greenville  
9 Valley  
8 Citronelle  
8 Jemison  
8 Lincoln  
8 Moody  
8 Southside Gadsden  

David Parker

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Luverne 'Toad' Wise was the first female football player in Alabama and may have been the first in the country. She was a kicker for the Escambia County Blue Devils in 1939-40.