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Alabama High School Football Head Coaches

Paul Terry

Paul Terry, a native of Moulton, Alabama, was an outstanding high school football player at Decatur High School. He was named co-captain of the 1952 team as a senior.

Upon graduation from high school he signed a scholarship to play for the Auburn Tigers and Shug Jordan in 1953.

Terry did see his dream of playing college football come true as he played for the Tigers from 1954-56 earning three varsity letters as an offensive lineman.

Following graduation from Auburn, Terry began his gridiron coaching career as an assistant coach at Andalusia High School in 1957.

After three years at Andalusia and three more as an assistant at Enterprise under Morris Higginbotham, he finally got his first head coaching job at Enterprise in 1962.

His Wildcat teams managed eleven winning seasons over his twelve year career at Enterprise.

Terrys 1972 team finished the regular season undefeated at 10-0 before losing in the first round of the playoffs. His record at Enterprise was 84-34-3 when he took his coaching talents to Florala in 1974.

His five Florala teams combined for a 40-11-1 record with three playoff appearances. The 1977 team made it to the semi-finals before losing to Handley 27-21. In 1979 he moved over to Carroll High School in Ozark where he would remain the next 13 years until his retirement following the 1991 season.

Terry garnered several honors for his coaching receiving the South Alabama Coach of the Year Award in 1963 and 1967. In 1973 he helped coach the South team in the Alabama High School Athletic Association All-Star game.

Coach Terry was inducted in the Alabama High School Athletic Association, the Morgan County and the Wiregrass Halls of Fame.

Known Record:  198-114-4   63.5%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Carroll1991 6A2-8125223R40-33074
Carroll1990 6A6-4218118R41-24551
Carroll1989 6A11-32861853-18054R5#3-05140
Carroll1988 6A10-32651842-13140R52-14136
Carroll1987 6A8-33432090-1720R5#3-08444
Carroll1986 6A7-41711210-1015R51-23758
Carroll1985 6A2-892184R50-31054
Carroll1984 6A5-61711600-1826R51-12734
Carroll1983 4A6-4182136R43-49099
Carroll1982 4A5-5149156R42-586132
Carroll1981 4A6-4175172R3NE2-27493
Carroll1980 4A2-897217R3NE0-450104
Carroll1979 4A2-8104221R32-579157
 13 Years72-68237822865-512615520-32704976
Florala1978 2A6-4181178R32-37581
Florala1977 2A11-23961362-17340R3#6-018846
Florala1976 2A7-3264160R34-116271
Florala1975 2A11-1290951-12026R3#3-011528
Florala1974 2A5-4-11521280-1723R3#
 5 Years40-14-112836973-31008915-4540226
Enterprise1973 4A7-3214114
Enterprise1972 4A10-1227820-1717
Enterprise1971 4A8-220579
Enterprise1970 4A4-5-1162165
Enterprise1969 4A6-4194113
Enterprise1968 4A5-5131127
Enterprise1967 4A6-4119109
Enterprise1966 4A9-1308167
Enterprise1965 4A9-1277113
Enterprise1964 4A6-4224122
Enterprise1963 4A7-1-217854
Enterprise1962 9-123560
 12 Years86-32-3247413050-17170-000
 30 Years198-114-4613542888-923326135-3612441202

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