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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

2023 Football Coaching Changes

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New Hires: Seventeen
Best Hire: Steve Mask, Theodore
Hardest to Replace: Jere Adcock, Decatur
Best Job: Theodore
Toughest Job: Paul Bryant
Most Interesting: The best hire and the worst hire may just prove to be the same head coaching job. For whatever reason I just cannot decide which one it is so I will omit Rush Propst and Pell City from the argument. Best of luck to the Pell City Panthers this season.

    Pell City has won just a single playoff game since 2005 so this will be interesting to watch over the next few seasons.
Steve Mask decided to move north to Pell City last season after winning four state championships at St. Paul's but will return to the Mobile area in 2023 at Theodore.
 2023 Coaching Changes 

   Seventeen head coaching positions in 6A changed hands during the off season. Nine of the new coaching hires in 6A were head coaches at a different school last season. Eight were assistant coaches.

   It will be interesting to watch Pinson Valley this season as Gentrell Eatman takes over the head coaching job after turning Woodlawn around last season.

 Team  2022 Season  2023 Season

Blount (3-7)Josh HarrisRamon Nelson
Calera (4-7)Jason HamlinJerad Holder
Central Tuscaloosa (2-8)Rodney Bivens Jr.Demario Pippin
Columbia (0-9)Josh LouAllenSean Watson
Cullman (7-4)Oscar GlasscockDanny Stiff
Decatur (9-3)Jere AdcockAairon Savage
Huffman (1-9)Marlon BushRodney Bivens Jr.
Jackson-Olin (4-7)Jamaal BessWalter Jordan
Mae Jemison (0-10)Harold WellsRico White
McGill-Toolen (5-5)Norman JosephDavid Faulkner
Murphy (2-7)John McKenzieJustin Hannah
Paul Bryant (1-9)Eldrick HillJohn McKenzie
Pell City (1-9)Steve MaskRush Propst
Pike Road (7-5)Ed RigbyGranger Shook
Pinson Valley (6-4)Lee GuessGentrell Eatman
Stanhope Elmore (4-6)Brian BradfordHunter Adams
Theodore (13-1)Eric CollierSteve Mask
Woodlawn (6-4)Gentrell EatmanClarence Williams

 Most Victories 
    Steve Mask arrives in Theodore with 211 coaching victories in Alabama. He also picked up four state championship trophies in a previous stop at St. Paul's in Mobile. Ironically our top two coaches won a lot of out-of-state football games. Rush Propst won 119 games in Georgia and Jamie Mitchell won 216 in Mississippi and Arkansas.

Rush Propst Pell City 295 108
Jamie Mitchell Hillcrest Tuscaloosa 242 85
Steve Mask Theodore 211 107
Scott Basden Muscle Shoals 207 74
Scott Rials Baldwin County 183 103
Chris Yeager Mountain Brook 170 81
Jeff Kelly Saraland 165 69
Smitty Grider Benjamin Russell 133 68
Reuben Nelson Shades Valley 122 75
Ryan Lolley Northridge 106 22

 Most Playoff Victories 
   Rush Propst and Coach Mask top our list among the 6A coaches with the most playoff victories. Those two have nine state championship trophies between them.

Steve Mask Theodore 42 16
Rush Propst Pell City 42 8
Scott Basden Muscle Shoals 35 20
Jeff Kelly Saraland 29 16
Chris Yeager Mountain Brook 25 16
Scott Rials Baldwin County 21 17
Ryan Lolley Northridge 18 10
Reuben Nelson Shades Valley 17 11
Drew Gilmer Clay-Chalkville 15 5
Dustan Goode Mortimer Jordan 15 8
   * only in-state records counted

 Longest Tenure at Current School 
   Jere Adcock retired during the off season after twenty seven years at Decatur. Coach Adcock's teams at Decatur finished a combined 187-120 over the past 27 seasons. They were 16-21 in the playoffs and won seven region championships.

   The 57 schools in 6A average 3.9 years each with their current head football coach. That is the shortest average tenure in any classification. Only five coaches have been at their current school for more than ten seasons.

18 - Chris Yeager, Mountain Brook
16 - Scott Basden, Muscle Shoals
13 - Jeff Kelly, Saraland
10 - Ben Berguson, Homewood
10 - Dustan Goode, Mortimer Jordan
8 - Cody Gross, Athens
7 - Drew Gilmer, Clay-Chalkville
6 - George Bates, Center Point
6 - Chris Elmore, Fort Payne
6 - Chad Eads, Gardendale
6 - Richie Busby, Helena
6 - Adrian Abrams, Minor

 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. The biggest surprise on this list has to be McGill-Toolen with ten different coaches during this time. The Yellow Jackets qualified for the playoffs in every season except two and actually won a championship in 2015.

13 Woodlawn  
11 Russell County  
10 Bessemer City  
10 Columbia  
10 McGill-Toolen  
8 Calera  
8 Hazel Green  
8 Jackson-Olin  
8 Sidney Lanier  

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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Since 1966 the Colbert County Indians have made the state playoffs a record 37 times.