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Alabama High School Football Head Coaches

Julius Head

Julius Head played running back for Greenville High School in the 1950s. He helped an unbeaten Tigers squad to a state title in 1955. In college, he played under legendary coach Bobby Bowden at Howard College, now Samford University. He earned his teaching certificate at Howard.

Head began his coaching career with assistant football jobs at West End Birmingham and Bay Minette, where he stayed one year at each school. He accepted the head coaching position at Lincoln High School, directing the Golden Bears for three seasons beginning in 1966.

He was then hired at Yancey State Junior College, now Faulkner State, as the head track coach and assistant baseball coach and stayed one year before he took a job as an assistant football coach at his alma mater, Greenville.

After two years at Greenville High School, Coach Head moved across town to the new AISA private school Fort Dale Academy and became the schools first head football coach in 1971. He stayed there four years before becoming offensive coordinator for his friend Bobby Wasden at Woodham High School in Pensacola.

He remained there for three seasons before returning as head coach at Fort Dale for two years from 1978-79. His 1979 team was the state title runner-up. While at Fort Dale he was also the baseball, basketball, track and golf coach at the school.

Coach Head then accepted the head coaching job at Daleville for five years (1980-85), Coffee Springs for a single season (1986), Florala for another year in 1987 before taking over the Purple Cats program at Ariton in 1988.

He stayed at Ariton through the 1994 season. Coach Heads best years came in 1990 and 1991 as both teams reached the state quarterfinals and the 1991 team went 11-2.

Head directed the Purple Cats to a 69-16 record from 1988-94, including a perfect 23-0 area record and seven region titles. His teams compiled a 23-10 record from 2003-05.

Goshen was the next stop for Coach Head in 1995. He led the Eagles to a 22-19 record in four seasons, including a 9-2 state playoff team in 1997. He moved over to Elba for a couple of seasons beginning in 1999 going 5-15, but leading the Tigers to the state playoffs in 1999. In 2003 Head began his second tenure at Ariton that lasted for three seasons.

Head spent four years as athletic director and head boys basketball coach at Enterprise Prep Academy before serving as a volunteer coach with the Purple Cats football team. In 2012 He began his third stint as the head football coach at Ariton.

His 12 year record at Ariton was 97 wins and 41 losses, with the Purple Cats making the playoffs each of the first ten years he coached the team. His teams at Ariton recorded five 10-win seasons, establishing him as the winningest coach in the schools history. Coach Head stepped down following the 2013 season.

Coach Julius Head was inducted into the Fort Dale Hall of Fame.

Known Record:  212-162-1   56.7%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Ariton2013 2A1-9159368R20-756255
Ariton2012 2A6-4294258R23-4179185
Ariton2005 1A8-32621470-1020R25-2206107
Ariton2004 1A8-32641280-12028R26-119156
Ariton2003 1A7-42902490-12041R25-217899
 5 Years30-23126911500-3408919-16810702
Elba2000 3A2-8136251R11-480130
Elba1999 3A3-71962620-11432R3#2-09620
 2 Years5-153325130-114323-4176150
Goshen1998 3A2-8222282R40-24068
Goshen1997 2A9-23401300-1012R42-18336
Goshen1996 2A7-3347144R41-28178
Goshen1995 2A4-6197185R51-27353
 4 Years22-1911067410-10124-7277235
Ariton1994 1A10-14271580-11416R4#3-015746
Ariton1993 1A10-32901272-14430R4#4-014428
Ariton1992 1A7-53331511-16132R4#3-113244
Ariton1991 1A11-24222232-17071R4#3-013433
Ariton1990 1A10-34121832-18942R4#3-012139
Ariton1989 1A9-32651281-12742R5#3-0693
Ariton1988 1A10-13911070-13435R5#3-0718
 7 Years67-18254010778-733926822-1828201
Florala1987 2A1-9105279R30-326114
 1 Year1-91052790-0000-326114
Coffee Springs
Coffee Springs1986 1A8-32211960-1043R52-17739
 1 Year8-32211960-10432-17739
Daleville1985 4A3-7131226R30-22067
Daleville1984 4A2-8147268R30-21373
Daleville1983 3A1-971275R30-736170
Daleville1982 3A5-5123112R33-47978
Daleville1981 3A9-122471R3NE3-09220
Daleville1980 3A8-116890R3NE3-05741
 6 Years28-3186410420-0009-15297449
Fort Dale Academy
Fort Dale Academy1979 AISA-AA10-33801641-14627
Fort Dale Academy1978 AISA-AA6-5151176
Fort Dale Academy1974 AISA-A8-4325183
Fort Dale Academy1973 AISA3-7112163
Fort Dale Academy1972 AISA6-4261161
Fort Dale Academy1971 AISA7-3359123
 6 Years40-2615889701-146270-000
Lincoln1968 2A1-975187
Lincoln1967 2A5-4-1192134
Lincoln1966 2A4-6174156
 3 Years10-19-14414770-0000-000
 35 Years211-163-1846664459-1443947159-4724911890

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