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Alabama High School Football Head Coaches

Larry Patterson

Larry Patterson attended Cleveland High School where he was a standout performer on the football field. He played for coach Hugh OShields, another 200-game winner, at Cleveland. Patterson was named to the All-State team in 1961 as a back.

After graduating high school he received his degree from Jacksonville State. He played football for a year with the Gamecocks before switching to baseball.

At the age of only 20 years old, he took the head coaching position at Susan Moore in 1967. Patterson worked for six or seven years under an emergency certificate and worked in the summers on his degree before graduating from college in 1970.

Patterson would remain at Susan Moore for the next 22 seasons and compiled a record of 164-78-3. He led the Bulldogs to their first state playoff appearance in 1969 and reached the championship game the following year before losing to Addison 15-7.

His region and area record at Susan Moore was 45-16 with seven titles. Twelve of his teams qualified for the state football playoffs.

Patterson also coached six years at Arab High School with a 41-22 record and the schools first-ever state playoff appearances. His first team finished 7-3 and snapped a string of 11 straight losing seasons at Arab.

He served as president of the AHSAA coaches association and coached in the All-Star game. Patterson is a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Marshall County and Blount County Sports Halls of Fame.

Known Record:  207-99-3   67.6%

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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 
Arab1994 6A7-42161640-11325R142-16548
Arab1993 6A9-22651100-179R14#2-0347
Arab1992 6A5-61271680-1035R141-11619
Arab1991 5A6-4210124R131-36691
Arab1990 5A7-321599R132-27053
Arab1989 6A7-3169149R161-24694
 6 Years41-2212028140-320699-9297312
Susan Moore
Susan Moore1988 3A7-41711260-1732R113-18640
Susan Moore1987 3A3-7104182R91-35883
Susan Moore1986 3A1-978198R90-447123
Susan Moore1985 3A9-42501422-19157R112-14939
Susan Moore1984 3A8-5191952-13730R11#3-04810
Susan Moore1983 2A5-5119129R124-39295
Susan Moore1982 2A11-12351181-12134R12#7-016864
Susan Moore1981 2A10-32061582-12770R12#6-115268
Susan Moore1980 2A9-3175931-11136R12#7-014533
Susan Moore1979 2A8-218275R123-18127
Susan Moore1978 2A5-5118101R122-15435
Susan Moore1977 2A12-1277462-13420R12#4-09413
Susan Moore1976 2A9-3200971-12027R12#4-08026
Susan Moore1975 2A11-2288872-14328R12#
Susan Moore1974 2A7-3233114R12
Susan Moore1973 2A6-4152138
Susan Moore1972 2A8-125746
Susan Moore1971 2A8-2-1228840-1014
Susan Moore1970 2A10-2-12751242-13938
Susan Moore1969 2A10-1305790-1615
Susan Moore1968 2A8-216273
Susan Moore1967 2A1-8-187193
 22 Years166-77-34293249815-1233640146-151154656
 28 Years207-99-35495331215-1535647055-241451968

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