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Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson grew up in Opelika and graduated from Clift High School, which later became Opelika High School. In high school Wilson played football, basketball and baseball.

Wilson received his under graduate degree in physical education from Auburn University and his Masters degree from the University of Alabama. He received his administrative certification from Valdosta State College in Georgia.

Wilson landed his first coaching and teaching job at Opelika Junior High. He was an assistant football, head basketball and baseball coach.

After one year in Opelika he moved to T.R. Miller High School in Brewton as the head basketball coach. Wilson was a member of the National Guard and was called into active service while in Brewton.

He spent a year at Fort Benning before taking the head coaching position at Turner County High School in Georgia. He remained at Turner County for two seasons with a record of 13-7 in 1962-63.

In 1964, Coach Wilson moved to Tuscaloosa to assume the duties as the head football coach for the Tuscaloosa County Wildcats. His record coaching the Wildcats was 19-14-3.

He left Tuscaloosa, moving back to Turner County for another nine seasons from 1969-1977. His record at Turner High School was 88-27-1 in eleven seasons over two tenures at the school. His 1971 team finished 12-1, losing 31-21 to Carrollton in the State Championship game. The 1976 team won the Class 1A state title with a 14-0 victory over Commerce.

Wilson accepted the head coach and athletic director position at Smiths Station High School in 1978. Over the next three seasons his teams went 18-12, including 9-1 in 1980. He spent the 1981 season at Peach County High School in Georgia as the football and basketball coach. His football team finished with a 5-5 record.

He returned to Opelika High School as head football coach and athletic director in 1982. In eight years at the helm, his teams went 55-30 with three playoff appearances and two area titles. Wilson would retire from coaching following the 1989 season at his alma mater.

Wilson may have left the football field but not education. Coach Wilson became the assistant principal at Opelika Middle School for four years. He took a job selling sporting goods for a year before returning to his first love of coaching. He assumed the football coaching duties at Lee Scott Academy in 1994 for two seasons where he coached football, basketball, and golf.

His overall record in Alabama is 111-75-3 while his Georgia record stands at 93-32-1. Coach Wilsons overall football record for both states is 204-107-4. He was named as the 1994 AISA Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

Alabama Record:  112-75-2   59.9%
Other States Record:  93-32-1   74.4%
Overall High School Record:  205-107-3   65.7%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Lee-Scott Academy
Lee-Scott Academy1995 AISA-AAA2-851256East1-523141
Lee-Scott Academy1994 AISA-AAA12-12731083-03817East#6-013530
Lee-Scott Academy1993 AISA-AAA6-51621230-1010East
 3 Years20-144864873-138277-5158171
Opelika1989 6A4-6165132R62-210651
Opelika1988 6A4-6192169R62-211085
Opelika1987 6A4-5173126R60-32141
Opelika1986 6A10-3230992-13116R6#2-14542
Opelika1985 6A10-1319900-11723R6#3-08419
Opelika1984 6A7-42701150-11428R62-18943
Opelika1983 4A8-3198107R52-13039
Opelika1982 4A7-3165104R52-14526
 8 Years54-3117129422-3626715-11530346
Smiths Station
Smiths Station1980 3A9-132427R45-116714
Smiths Station1979 3A6-4221113R43-111922
Smiths Station1978 3A3-7128221R42-26150
 3 Years18-126733610-00010-434786
Tuscaloosa County
Tuscaloosa County1967 4A4-6115150
Tuscaloosa County1966 4A7-2-1155106
Tuscaloosa County1965 4A3-758232
Tuscaloosa County1964 4A6-3-1131109
 4 Years20-18-24595970-0000-000
 18 Years112-75-2333023875-41009432-201035603

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Turner County, Georgia
Peach County, Georgia
12 Years93-32-15-2 
Totals Alabama and Other States
30 Years205-107-35-2 

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