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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

2022 Football Coaching Changes

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New Hires: Ten
Best Hire: Chris Hilliker, Southern Academy
Hardest to Replace: Bobby Carr, Autauga Academy
Best Job: Escambia Academy
Toughest Job: Meadowview Christian
Most Interesting: The most interesting hire was selected because of the way it took place. Hugh Fountain resigned at Escambia Academy and accepted the head coaching job at Pike Liberal Arts for a few days before deciding to go back to Escambia County and take over the head coaching duties at W.S. Neal.

     The problem arose when the powers that be over at W.S. Neal neglected to inform the current coach Brandon Wilcox in a timely manner before the news was reported on social media by and others. It created a tense situation for those involved. Anyway, it seems to have worked out for all involved as Coach Wilcox took the top job at Escambia Academy a few days later.
 2022 Coaching Changes 

     Bobby Carr steps away from Autauga Academy after five seasons and three AISA championships. Trey Dunbar will take over the top spot at Autauga Academy this season in hopes of continuing the success. Three of these coaches arrive in the AISA with head coaching experience in the AHSAA.

 Team  2021 Season  2022 Season

Abbeville Christian (2-8)John GilmoreMatthew Mims
Autauga Academy (4-6)Jeremy PerkinsTrey Dunbar
Autauga Academy (13-0)Bobby CarrTrey Dunbar
Banks Academy (6-5)Riley WhiteJermaine Watson
Cordova (3-8)Vince DiLorenzoVince DiLorenzo
Cordova (3-7)Shane SmothersVince DiLorenzo
Escambia Academy (11-2)Hugh FountainBrandon Wilcox3/Gex Billups
Escambia Academy (11-2)Hugh FountainBrandon Wilcox3/Gex Billups
Evangel Christian Academy (7-3)Andy WhatleyDarius Dixon
Glenwood School (6-5)Jason GibsonRyan Nelson
Hoover (3-7)Marty BakerMarty Baker
Hoover (12-1)Josh NiblettMarty Baker
Lakeside (4-6)Tom ClementsTom Clements
Meadowview Christian (0-9)Shawn SellersDon Moore.
Morgan Academy (5-6)Danny RainesDanny Raines
Mortimer Jordan (2-8)Stuart FloydDanny Raines
North River Christian (3-5)Kevin BoswellKevin Boswell
North Sand Mountain (3-5)Kevin BoswellKevin Boswell
Paul Bryant (3-6)Eldrick HillJonathan Lindsey
Pickens Academy (5-6)Scott PenningtonMichael Smith
South Choctaw Academy (5-6)Charlie TaylorCharlie Taylor
South Choctaw Academy (5-6)Charlie TaylorCharlie Taylor
Southern Academy (8-5)Kevin ByrdChris Hilliker
Southern Academy (0-9)Michael SmithChris Hilliker
Southside Gadsden (9-4)Roland BellRoland Bell
Spring Garden (12-1)Jason HowardArlton Hudson
Springwood (1-9)Kurt PageJoey Burch
Valiant Cross Academy (3-5)Fred BrockLarry Ware
Wilcox Academy (4-6)Woodie BeckWoodie Beck
Wilcox Central (1-9)Reggie PowellWoodie Beck

 Most Victories 
   There are a lot of excellent coaches on this list. No less than nine coaches have won over one hundred football games during their careers.

Wayne Grant Crenshaw Christian 256 119
Vince DiLorenzo Coosa Valley Academy 173 96
Glynn Lott Macon-East Academy 170 118
Jason Allen Chambers Academy 159 79
Mitchell Tuberville Monroe Academy 154 41
Arlton Hudson Sparta Academy 135 113
Danny Raines Morgan Academy 130 85
Chris Hilliker Southern Academy 122 67
Charlie Taylor South Choctaw Academy 117 98
Ashley Carlisle Clarke Prep 79 75
Jonathan Lindsey Patrician Academy 70 46

 Longest Tenure at Current School 
   The longest tenure in the AISA belongs to head football coach Glynn Loot at Macon-East Academy. He has been on the job for a total of twenty seven seasons.

27 - Glynn Lott, Macon-East Academy
18 - Jason Allen, Chambers Academy
17 - Mitchell Tuberville, Monroe Academy
16 - Charlie Taylor, South Choctaw Academy
11 - Jonathan Lindsey, Patrician Academy
9 - Maurice Adams, North River Christian
7 - Jacob Webb, Jackson Academy
6 - James Lee, Cornerstone Christian
5 - Wayne Grant, Crenshaw Christian
5 - Tom Clements, Lakeside
5 - Shane Moye, Lowndes Academy
5 - Keith Smith, Snook Christian
5 - Roland Bell, Southern Prep Academy

 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.

13 Coosa Valley Academy  
12 Hooper Academy  
12 Lakeside  
10 Pike Liberal Arts  
10 Sparta Academy  
9 Glenwood School  
9 Jackson Academy  
8 Autauga Academy  
8 Abbeville Christian  
8 Chambers Academy  
8 Pickens Academy  
8 Crenshaw Christian  

David Parker

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Bart Starr received coaching from Kentucky great Babe Parilli his senior season at Sidney Lanier in hopes of joining Bear Bryant at Kentucky. He had to settle for Alabama.