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Larry Simmons

Larry Simmons is a graduate of Hayden High School where he participated in football and basketball for three years. He later graduated from Jacksonville State University.

Simmons became the head football coach at Hayden in the fall of 1965 where he stayed for three seasons. He moved over to Thompson High School where he took a position as an assistant football coach in 1968.

In 1971, Simmons accepted the head coaching position at Thompson and remained as the head coach until his retirement from the football field following the 1982 season.

His 1982 Warriors won the AHSAA State 3A Football Championship with a 14-11 win over Oxford High School. Coach Simmons football teams at Thompson compiled a 98-32-1 and six playoff appearances.

Simmons was named Class 3A State Coach of the Year in 1982 and he coached in the North-South All-Star game twice, once as head coach.

He served in administration for nine years, seven as Thompson principal (1986-92). He also served on the AHSAA district board and as president of the Shelby County Coaches Association. The Thompson football stadium is named in his honor.

Simmons was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Associations Hall of Fame. He went into sporting goods sales after retiring in 1992.

Known Record:  103-56-1   64.8%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Thompson1982 3A14-03621194-09138R8#6-016932
Thompson1981 3A10-33141222-15048R8#6-017735
Thompson1980 3A9-22911590-11428R8#5-117395
Thompson1979 3A9-121497R85-111676
Thompson1978 3A8-2267129R84-212690
Thompson1977 3A6-3-1195150R84-110675
Thompson1976 3A9-22981690-1721R8#5-017578
Thompson1975 3A7-3307172R83-212188
Thompson1974 3A4-6183224R8
Thompson1973 3A8-32801670-1036
Thompson1972 3A10-1338870-11226
Thompson1971 3A4-697137
 12 Years98-32-1314617326-517419738-71163569
Hayden1967 2A1-963359
Hayden1966 2A0-952193
Hayden1965 2A4-6101132
 3 Years5-242166840-0000-000
 15 Years103-56-1336224166-517419738-71163569

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