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Alabama High School Football Head Coaches

Ernie Willingham

Ernie Willingham attended and graduated from Collinsville high school.

He was the head basketball coach at Appalachian from 1984-91, Albertville 1991-93 and Appalachian through the 1998 school year.

Willingham landed his first football head coaching job at Collinsville in 1998. His teams over the next five seasons went 31-24. His teams reached the playoffs in all but his last season.

In 2003 he moved back at Appalachian where he served as the head basketball coach before taking over the football program in 2004 for the next seven seasons. His teams at Appalachian finished with a combined 51-30 record with each qualifying for the playoffs.

Coach Willingham moved back to his hometown in Collinsville in 2013. Overall his record stands at 119-82 in 18 seasons as a football coach.

Known Record:  134-89-0   60.1%

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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 
Collinsville2021 3A3-5123220R72-389138
Collinsville2019 2A12-25401793-112181R86-128771
Collinsville2018 2A10-24241541-14441R86-128699
Collinsville2017 2A4-6269259R63-4189171
Collinsville2016 2A6-52282160-1626R64-3145135
Collinsville2015 2A6-53123320-1770R73-3185193
Collinsville2014 2A4-6230276R71-5103190
Collinsville2013 1A7-42942630-11435R76-2247160
 8 Years52-35242018994-519225331-2215311157
Appalachian2010 1A8-33381580-1738R66-125265
Appalachian2009 1A10-34491852-17645R5#6-130867
Appalachian2008 1A10-33911292-14942R5#7-030939
Appalachian2007 1A5-62222190-1028R64-3156117
Appalachian2006 1A5-62032180-12055R64-3141107
Appalachian2005 1A8-33442060-1639R65-2222112
Appalachian2004 1A5-62302600-1057R64-3182128
 7 Years51-30217713754-715830436-131570635
Collinsville2002 1A3-7165238R63-4122135
Collinsville2001 1A7-52882461-14747R66-1213101
Collinsville2000 1A6-53361840-11421R66-128369
Collinsville1999 1A10-23201642-17177R14#2-0846
Collinsville1998 1A5-52242040-1021R14#2-07013
 5 Years31-24133310363-413216619-6772324
 20 Years134-895930431011-1648272386-4138732116

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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.