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2023 Football Coaching Changes

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New Hires: Twenty
Best Hire: Steve Smith, Westbrook Christian
Hardest to Replace: Steve Smith, Piedmont
Best Job: St. James
Toughest Job: Brindlee Mountain
Most Interesting: Jonathan Miller has  been very successful at Saks the past eleven seasons and will be filling the shoes of Steve Smith at Piedmont this fall. His teams at Saks won 100 games and fourteen playoff games. The most interesting change will likely be Coach Smith taking over at Westbrook Christian. His success at Piedmont will go down as one of the best tenures of any coach ever.

       Westbrook Christian has been an up and down program the past twenty-five years but Coach Smith will breathe new life into the program without a doubt. Neal Posey at St. James will inherit a team loaded with talent and one of the best quarterbacks, KJ Jackson, in the state. All they did last year was win the 3A state championship.
 2023 Coaching Changes 

    There were more new hires, twenty, in 3A than in any other classification. Eight of the new coaching hires were head coaches last season. Brian Seymour moving to Trinity will be a team to watch in the near future.

     Opp went looking out of state and lured Matt Brunson away from Florida where his team at Baker won state titles in 2016 and 2018. He has a career record of 213-73 over the past 25 seasons. Saks may have lost a great coach in Jonathan Miller but should be just fine under Coach Freeney who turned around a program in Florida.

     All-in-all Class 3A seems to have made several great hires that will prove to change the landscape we have grown accustomed to the past decade or so. Time will tell if all the changes pan out for the schools.

 Team  2022 Season  2023 Season

Asbury (1-9)Chris WilliamsMatt Harris.
Ashford (2-7)Robin TyraDavid Stapleton III
Brindlee Mountain (2-8)Keith GarnerJoshua Bailey
Carbon Hill (1-9)Mark CochranD.J. Emerson
Colbert Heights (4-6)Taylor LeathersTyler Jeffrey
Cottage Hill Christian (5-5)Bobby ParrishCarvel Jones
Greensboro (3-7)Winston JohnsonDeon Washington
Hillcrest Evergreen (4-6)Harry CrumJustin Nared
New Brockton (0-10)Zack HolmesJason Barnett
Northside Methodist Academy (4-6)Toby GreeneStefan Gainey
Opp (8-3)Mike DuboseMatt Brunson
Phil Campbell (7-4)Kevin BarnwellJacob Hamilton
Piedmont (12-3)Steve SmithJonathan Miller
Saks (7-4)Jonathan MillerAlphonso Freeney
St. James (13-2)Jimmy PerryNeal Posey
Susan Moore (3-7)Stephen JacksonWes Patterson
Tarrant (2-8)Rico JacksonMatt Stockton
Trinity (9-3)Granger ShookBrian Seymore
Weaver (2-8)Gary AtchleyKen Cofer
Westbrook Christian (5-5)Drew NolesSteve Smith

 Most Victories 
    Class 3A includes some of the winningest coaches with five over the 200 win mark and sixteen topping the 100 win milestone. Both are tops for any classification. They are led by Dale Pruitt at Plainview and Steve Smith at Piedmont.

    The next two on our list made moves during the off season with Hugh Fountain back at W.S. Neal with hopes of rebuilding that program and Bob Godsey at Madison Academy.

    The region with the most coaching wins and experience is not even close. All the head coaches in Class 3A region six have won a combined 1,074 football games in their respective careers. They have coached in a total of 1,639 games. Absolutely amazing stat. The region in a distant second is 7A region three with 776 total wins.

Dale Pruitt Plainview 309 150
Steve Smith Westbrook Christian 283 81
Hugh Fountain W.S. Neal 260 138
Bob Godsey Madison Academy 219 78
Matt Brunson Opp 213 73
Michael Robertson Hokes Bluff 174 127
Jeff Smith Walter Wellborn 170 116
Scott Martin Glencoe 169 147
Ronnie Cottrell Mobile Christian 161 99
Pat Prestridge Randolph County 158 87
Doug Vickery Jr. Flomaton 143 111
David McKinney Winfield 135 53
Andro Williams Danville 132 62
Brian Seymore Trinity 125 66
Roger McDonald Dadeville 110 70
Jonathan Miller Piedmont 100 32

 Most Playoff Victories 
   The 62 playoff victories by Steve Smith rank fifth all-time in the state. In twenty-eight seasons as a head coach all but his very first squad at Cedar Bluff qualified for the playoff. That is simply a tremendous statement to the great head football coach he is today.

Steve Smith Westbrook Christian 62 22
Dale Pruitt Plainview 31 24
Hugh Fountain W.S. Neal 29 25
Bob Godsey Madison Academy 28 20
Andro Williams Danville 26 12
Pat Prestridge Randolph County 23 12
Ronnie Cottrell Mobile Christian 18 13
Darrell Higgins Mars Hill 18 4
Michael Robertson Hokes Bluff 17 14
   * only in-state wins counted

 Longest Tenure at Current School 
   With eleven head coaches with at least ten seasons at their current school, class 3A has the longest average tenure of all the classifications at 4.9 years. Michael Robertson at Hokes Bluff and Dale Pruitt at Plainview are tied for the longest tenures in the state with 27 years at their current schools.

    Eleven head football coaches in 3A have been at their current school more than ten seasons. That is the most of any classification.

28 - Michael Robertson, Hokes Bluff
28 - Dale Pruitt, Plainview
18 - Doug Vickery Jr., Flomaton
18 - Pat Prestridge, Randolph County
15 - Jeff Smith, Walter Wellborn
13 - Rod Isaac, Midfield
12 - Kenny Keith, Providence Christian
11 - David McKinney, Winfield
9 - Hugh Fountain, W.S. Neal
8 - Jeff Mason, Lauderdale County
8 - Darrell Higgins, Mars Hill
8 - Ronnie Cottrell, Mobile Christian
7 - Stephen Robinson, Vinemont
6 - Michael Parker, Clements
6 - Kevin Barnwell, Phil Campbell

 Coaching Turnover 2000-2023 
   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 24 years. There are no surprises on this list. No teams here would be considered a consistent winning program.

13 Daleville  
13 Greensboro  
12 Carbon Hill  
11 Monroe County  
11 Cottage Hill Christian  
9 Alabama Christian  
9 Elkmont  
9 Excel  
8 Ohatchee  
8 Clements  
8 Prattville Christian  
8 Vinemont  
8 W.S. Neal  

David Parker

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Thomasville scored 54 points against Gulf Shores in the first quarter of a game in 2003. They managed to hang on for an 81-14 win.