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Alabama High School Football Head Coaches

Bill McNair

Bill McNair played football in high school at Robert E. Lee in Montgomery. He was also a varsity letterman at Livingston between 1958-60.

McNairs first head coaching job came at Jonesboro High School in Georgia in 1970. His three teams finished 11-19. He moved to Wilkes Academy in 1973 for five seasons and a 24-5 slate. McNairs next stop was at Haralson County High School in Georgia for three unsuccessful seasons.<

Coach McNair took over the football program at Flint River Academy in 1979. His 1980 squad won a State Championship with a 12-0-1 record. His two teams went 18-4-1. After eleven season in Georgia with a 58-53-1 record, Coach Bill McNair began his high school coaching career anew in Alabama as a head football coach.

His first stop came in 1981 when he was named the head coach at Thomasville High School. Over the next twelve seasons, his Tigers only suffered one losing season and reached the playoffs in all but one year.

His 1988 Tiger team finished 14-1 and won the Class 4A State Championship with a 44-6 thrashing of West Limestone in the title game. It was the first 14 win season in the storied history of football at Thomasville.

After the 1992 season, Coach McNair retired from the public school system and took over the football program at Southern Academy. In three seasons at Southern, his Cougars went 15-15. McNair also coached basketball at Southern.

His next three stops were at Marengo Academy (1996) Sparta Academy (1997) and Catherine Academy (1998). McNair served as the offensive coordinator at Clark Prep (1999-2007), where the Gators won AISA titles in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005.

Patrician Academy came calling in 2008 and Coach McNair took the program to another level. In only four seasons, his teams went 12-0 in 2009 with an AISA title and repeated the next year with another 12-0 team. McNairs last team in 2011 finished 10-2 and his last State Championship as a coach. His overall record at Patrician was 42-5.

Coach McNairs football coaching record in Alabama is 181-70. His teams went 20-15 in nineteen playoff appearances. His overall football record in both states is 239-123-1.

McNair also coached basketball at Woodlawn early in his career before heading to Georgia. He was named the AISA Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2011.

Alabama Record:  188-75-0   71.5%
Other States Record:  58-53-1   52.3%
Overall High School Record:  246-128-1   65.8%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Jackson Academy
Jackson Academy2015 AISA-A7-53882801-17045R14-2234124
 1 Year7-53882801-170454-2234124
Patrician Academy
Patrician Academy2011 AISA-AA10-34702372-17882R2#6-0280101
Patrician Academy2010 AISA-AA8-34071850-12229R25-1253105
Patrician Academy2009 AISA-A12-05612313-014962R2#4-020256
Patrician Academy2008 AISA-A12-05981703-013229R2#6-030875
 4 Years42-620368238-238120221-11043337
Catherine Academy
Catherine Academy1998 AISA-A9-34072001-14130West#5-022466
 1 Year9-34072001-141305-022466
Sparta Academy
Sparta Academy1997 AISA-A10-34652532-19266Central3-114597
 1 Year10-34652532-192663-114597
Marengo Academy
Marengo Academy1996 AISA-AAA3-7128316West1-24192
 1 Year3-71283160-0001-24192
Southern Academy
Southern Academy1995 AISA-A9-2399871-13632West5-123449
Southern Academy1994 AISA-A6-53062150-12429West2-4135136
Southern Academy1993 AISA-AA0-882279West
 3 Years15-157875811-260617-5369185
Thomasville1992 4A7-53392551-18047R2#3-012246
Thomasville1991 4A8-43031541-13954R2#4-014134
Thomasville1990 4A7-43152070-12325R2#4-020058
Thomasville1989 3A11-1367841-16024R2#2-0726
Thomasville1988 3A14-15081025-017547R2#2-04712
Thomasville1987 4A8-32761400-11415R2#3-013928
Thomasville1986 4A6-52572130-11420R2#3-012044
Thomasville1985 4A8-33151110-167R2#3-01230
Thomasville1984 4A5-63022730-11719R2#3-014334
Thomasville1983 3A9-22841360-11418R1#5-016251
Thomasville1982 3A9-131249R14-111940
Thomasville1981 3A10-1304840-1815R1#6-018643
 12 Years102-36388218088-1045029142-11574396
 23 Years188-758093426121-17109469583-1236301297

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Jonesboro, Georgia
Wilkes Academy, Georgia
Haralson County, Georgia
Flint River Academy, Georgia
11 Years58-533-0 
Totals Alabama and Other States
34 Years246-1283-0 

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