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Alabama High School Football Head Coaches

Mike Battles Sr.

Mike Battles played football at Southern Miss from 1967-69 earning a letter each season. Battles worked as an assistant coach at lincoln High School in 1970. He landed his first head coaching position at Pell City in 1973 where his only team finished 5-5.

1975 found Coach Battles on the sidelines as the head coach at Irwin County High School in Georgia. His first team finished 13-0 on the way to a Georgia state title. In four seasons his teams combined for a 30-15 record.

He spent the 1978-79 season as the head coach at Walter Wellborn. His two teams went 12-7-1 with one playoff appearance.

Battles next head coaching job came at Pascagoula High School in Mississippi for one season in 1981. His lone team finished 5-7, losing in the first round of the state playoffs.

He returned to Walter Wellborn for the 1982 season where he would remain for the next eleven seasons. Battles led the Panthers to a 21-5 record during the 1988-89 seasons, his only back-to-back 10-win campaigns at Wellborn.

Battles stepped down at Wellborn following the 1992 season and moved to Hueytown High School. His three Golden Gopher teams finished 19-15 with a semi-final appearance in the 1995 state playoffs.

1996 found Coach Battles on the move again. This time the moving truck stopped in Gautier, Mississippi. It was the schools first football team but it matter little as they finished the season 9-0, playing a JV schedule. His next team went 10-0 before losing in the first round of the state playoffs.

Battles moved just down the road to Biloxi High School for the 1998 season. His four seasons at the school produced a record of 17-28 record and one playoff appearance in 2001.

He returned for a third stint at Walter Wellborn in 2002 for a couple of years. In fifteen seasons at Wellborn his record overall record was 115-55-1 with eleven playoff appearances.

Coach Battles made his final move to Handley in the fall of 2004 where he remained for eleven years. His teams compiled an 88-45 record with the Tigers.

The 15-0 Tigers won the 2011 State Championship by defeated Madison Academy 20-14.

Battles is one of only a handful of coaches that have had unbeaten regular seasons in three states. His team went 13-0 at Irwin County, Ga., at Gautier his team went 9-0 and 10-0 in back-to-back years in 1996 and 1997 and he went 10-0 in 2011 at Handley.

Battles is a 32-year coaching veteran in the state of Alabama with a record of 214-135-1. He has compiled a playoff record of 25-16 while his teams are 97-66 in area and region play. His record in other states is 71-48-1, giving him an overall record of 285-183-2 in 42 years as a head coach in three states.

In 2015 Coach Battles took over the football program at B.B. Comer.

Coach Battles was named the Class 4A Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2010. He was the coach of the 2012 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

His son Mike Battles Jr., head coach at Bibb County, won the 100th game of his coaching career earlier in 2011.

Alabama Record:  216-143-1   60.2%
Other States Record:  71-48-1   59.7%
Overall High School Record:  287-191-2   60.0%

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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 
B.B. Comer
B.B. Comer2017 3A2-8150422R31-580252
B.B. Comer2016 3A1-9142385R30-682241
B.B. Comer2015 3A4-6249312R32-4132182
 3 Years7-2354111190-0003-15294675
Handley2014 4A3-7253230R31-5130158
Handley2013 4A5-62843410-11331R34-3174185
Handley2012 4A7-53962961-16270R35-2249126
Handley2011 3A15-05191875-010846R3#7-028087
Handley2010 3A10-24551591-16320R36-128076
Handley2009 4A13-15281193-111963R4#7-030046
Handley2008 4A10-33511733-110458R46-119788
Handley2007 4A11-23852432-17477R3#7-0197105
Handley2006 4A1-9123274R31-6102177
Handley2005 4A6-51892330-1748R35-2151121
Handley2004 4A7-52651811-13751R35-218881
 11 Years88-453748243616-858746454-2222481250
Walter Wellborn
Walter Wellborn2003 4A2-7114190R61-673148
Walter Wellborn2002 4A5-4159151R63-4129134
 2 Years7-112733410-0004-10202282
Hueytown1995 6A9-52941893-16670R102-15837
Hueytown1994 6A7-3200130R101-23176
Hueytown1993 6A3-7115222R100-334109
 3 Years19-156095413-166703-6123222
Walter Wellborn
Walter Wellborn1992 5A4-5106109R111-21347
Walter Wellborn1991 5A6-52501950-1025R112-18138
Walter Wellborn1990 5A8-42371541-12723R11#3-010616
Walter Wellborn1989 5A10-32871202-16528R112-17939
Walter Wellborn1988 5A11-22881392-14837R112-17923
Walter Wellborn1987 5A4-414882R121-25634
Walter Wellborn1986 5A7-21981000-11420R122-18656
Walter Wellborn1985 5A9-22681561-11721R12#3-09231
Walter Wellborn1984 5A6-3175107R121-23122
Walter Wellborn1983 3A7-3216125R115-214994
Walter Wellborn1982 3A6-413993R114-38258
Walter Wellborn1980 3A7-221579R115-114734
Walter Wellborn1979 3A5-5-1891190-167R11#3-25663
 13 Years90-44-1261615786-717716134-181057555
Pell City
Pell City1973 3A5-5192203
 1 Year5-51922030-0000-000
 33 Years216-143-17979621825-1683069598-7139242984

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Irwin County, Georgia
Pascagoula, Mississippi
Gautier, Mississippi
Biloxi, Mississippi
11 Years71-48-14-3 
Totals Alabama and Other States
44 Years287-1914-3 

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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

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