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Alabama High School Football Head Coaches

Dafford Smith

Dafford Smiths coaching career began in 1956 when he coached pee-wee football while he was still in college at St. Bernard. After graduating from St. Bernard, he spent the next 14 seasons as the head coach of the Pioneers of Cullman Junior High. While at Cullman, Smith also coached the baseball team for two seasons winning the Tennessee Valley Conference both years.

Coach Smith accepted the head coaching position at West Point High School in 1973 where he remained for four seasons. The Warriors won the county championship twice during his tenure with the program. His first game was a loss to Mortimer Jordan before the team went on a 14-game win streak.

Smith resigned his position at West Point to pursue his law degree at the Birmingham School of Law after the 1976 season. Upon graduation from law school, Smith returned to coaching at Cullman High School joining the staff led by head coach Dale Cook. He coached the defensive line and inside linebackers for one season.

Coach Smith accepted the head football coaching job at Fairview High School in 1986. He would spend the next 12 seasons leading the Aggies football team. During his tenure there, Fairview won a total of 19 games in the 1992-93 seasons.

While he was at Fairview, Smith coached girls basketball at different times. Smith retired from Fairview in 1998 but only for a couple of years before moving to Vinemont to help his nephew coach the Eagles for a season. In 2003, Smith coached the Fairview eighth grade team.

St. Bernard High School came calling in 2004 and Smith answered the call for another three years as the head coach before retiring for good after the 2006 football season.

Smith enjoyed a football coaching career that lasted nearly a half century when he finally hung up the cleats. His overall high school football coaching record is 98-88-1 in eighteen seasons at the helm of three different programs. His overall record from coaching girls and boys basketball, baseball and softball is a combined 752-247-2.

The Fairview Aggies football program thought so much of their coach, that the stadium in which they play is now named for him.

Known Record:  98-88-1   52.7%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
St. Bernard
St. Bernard2006 1A3-7185304R51-6115235
St. Bernard2005 1A2-8138318R61-669255
St. Bernard2004 1A3-791255R61-649221
 3 Years8-224148770-0003-18233711
Fairview1996 4A5-5154137R141-26034
Fairview1995 4A3-7100219R131-23460
Fairview1994 4A10-33382312-17873R132-15636
Fairview1993 4A9-21971140-11633R12#3-05636
Fairview1992 4A2-8109181R120-32282
Fairview1991 4A6-52031920-1910R142-15777
Fairview1990 4A3-7145262R141-24599
Fairview1989 4A5-5152120R131-25237
Fairview1988 4A6-52051260-1713R131-23951
Fairview1987 4A7-42521670-12146R132-16435
Fairview1986 4A8-4168861-12022R13#3-05513
 11 Years64-55202318353-615119717-16540560
West Point
West Point1976 3A4-5148168R142-36787
West Point1975 3A5-4135152R14
West Point1974 3A7-2-1141130R14
West Point1973 3A9-126044
 4 Years25-12-16844940-0002-36787
 18 Years97-89-1312132063-615119722-378401358

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