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David Bucky Pitts

David "Bucky" Pitts grew up in Tennessee before being drafted into the U.S. Navy following high school.

After returning to his studies, Pitts was a small college All-American at Middle Tennessee State, leading the team in rushing, receiving, interceptions and kickoff returns as a senior in 1959.

Pitts first coaching job came at Central High School in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Central had lost every game the previous season but under Pitts turned it around with a 5-5 campaign that first season. In six seasons his teams finished 47-12-10. His 1961 team won the Tennessee State Championship.

His next stop was at Putman County High School in Cookeville, TN. He spent three years there and his first team included Watson Brown at quarterback and his brother, Mack Brown at running back. Putman County won a state championship in 1967, his second year with the program. Coach Pitts teams finished 22-6-2 over his three years at the school.

In 1969 he accepted the head coaching job at Hartselle where he stayed for the next eleven seasons. His 1979 team finished the season 10-1 before losing in the first round of the playoffs. Pitts compiled a 70-38-4 record at Hartselle and only had one team that finished a season with a losing record.

Guntersville High lured him away to coach its program. He led the program there until retiring in 1992.

Pitts football coaching record in Alabama is 125-100-4 with eight playoff appearances. Combined with his Tennessee record, Coach Pitts retired with a 174-118-16 record. He is a member of the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame, being elected in 2003.

Alabama Record:  125-100-4   55.6%
Other States Record:  47-12-10   79.7%
Overall High School Record:  172-112-14   60.6%

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 Season Total   Playoffs   Region/Area Record 
 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Guntersville1990 5A7-42191760-1737R133-19354
Guntersville1989 5A4-71592180-12133R132-14645
Guntersville1988 5A7-42451520-11421R132-17838
Guntersville1987 5A6-4213110R151-24945
Guntersville1986 5A7-42341440-11418R152-14432
Guntersville1985 5A2-8134240R140-32977
Guntersville1984 5A4-71872480-1042R142-15058
Guntersville1983 3A3-798166R140-21449
Guntersville1982 3A6-4236146R131-14744
Guntersville1981 3A5-5232158R124-3189114
Guntersville1980 3A2-8133266R122-596190
 11 Years53-62209020240-55615119-21735746
Hartselle1979 3A10-1297750-12836R13#4-01588
Hartselle1978 3A9-2273850-11422R13#4-01587
Hartselle1977 3A5-4-1187178R131-14133
Hartselle1976 4A7-3179101R13
Hartselle1975 4A3-7103111R13
Hartselle1974 3A9-32901131-14327R13#
Hartselle1973 3A8-2262128
Hartselle1972 3A6-4204131
Hartselle1971 3A5-4-1200124
Hartselle1970 3A5-5151145
Hartselle1969 3A5-3-222793
 11 Years72-38-4237312841-385859-135748
 22 Years125-100-4446333081-814123628-221092794

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Central Fayetteville, Tennessee
Putman County, Tennessee
9 Years22-6-20-0 
Totals Alabama and Other States
31 Years147-106-60-0 

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