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Alabama High School Football Head Coaches

Robert Higginbotham

Robert Higginbothams father became the head coach at Hueytown in the spring of 1963 bringing Robert along with him as a sophomore quarterback.

He would be the starting QB for the next three seasons before attending the University of Alabama. Higginbotham would play defensive back for the Crimson Tide and Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant at Alabama in 1967 and 1968.

Higginbotham was a graduate assistant for Bryant, then served as an assistant coach at Etowah High under coach Jim Glover. In 1972 he worked with Shorty White at Banks High School, when the Jets won the State Championship.

He won a State Championship of his own at Mountain Brook in 1975 where he was the head coach between 1973 and 1975. The 1975 team defeated Dothan 29-23 in the title game at Legion Field in Birmingham.

In 1977, he took the head coaching job at Shades Valley where he served for the next twenty-two seasons. His teams there produced eleven region championships and qualified for the playoffs fourteen times.

Following the 1998 season Coach Higginbotham would take over the reins at Tuscaloosa County where his success continued. In ten seasons the Wildcats made the playoffs each season and won another seven region titles. His County teams combined for a record of 88-31 with four teams that were undefeated in the regular season.

For forty-seven seasons a Coach Higginbotham roamed the sidelines of Alabama high school football. Father and son would finish their careers with a combined record of 460-200-14.

He was the first head coach in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic football game in Mobile in 1988 and again in 1997. He joined his father in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002.

Known Record:  270-127-3   68.0%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Tuscaloosa County
Tuscaloosa County2008 6A11-14121681-14937R5#7-026980
Tuscaloosa County2007 6A11-14021331-15931R5#7-026162
Tuscaloosa County2006 6A6-53142630-13138R55-2222153
Tuscaloosa County2005 6A12-14792202-18269R5#5-019562
Tuscaloosa County2004 6A11-24212242-17769R5#5-019347
Tuscaloosa County2003 6A6-62942861-16258R54-113574
Tuscaloosa County2002 6A9-42851652-15355R5#4-110729
Tuscaloosa County2001 6A11-13911452-19856R5#7-023275
Tuscaloosa County2000 6A6-42501560-11621R55-2173104
Tuscaloosa County1999 6A6-52002160-11327R8#2-04223
 10 Years89-303448197611-1054046151-61829709
Shades Valley
Shades Valley1998 6A12-24062143-112284R13#3-09429
Shades Valley1997 6A8-42811701-15820R11#3-07322
Shades Valley1996 6A3-82472510-11417R112-110880
Shades Valley1995 6A7-32531591-14316R11#3-09929
Shades Valley1994 6A14-14982034-116061R11#3-010130
Shades Valley1993 6A11-23881222-19562R12#2-07715
Shades Valley1992 6A10-12741290-11722R12#2-06117
Shades Valley1991 6A4-6167142R91-36378
Shades Valley1990 6A5-62121540-11428R93-110840
Shades Valley1989 6A11-1303741-12817R11#4-010421
Shades Valley1988 6A6-4154135R112-27359
Shades Valley1987 6A13-23421344-111071R11#3-0833
Shades Valley1986 6A6-4174790-1818R11#3-07313
Shades Valley1985 6A2-8124180R111-25431
Shades Valley1984 6A5-62202000-11748R112-17544
Shades Valley1983 4A9-32061060-137R7#4-18633
Shades Valley1982 4A6-415686R73-28846
Shades Valley1981 4A5-512386R71-35655
Shades Valley1980 4A3-6-196153R73-16166
Shades Valley1979 4A6-3-1199119R74-112849
Shades Valley1978 4A5-5167223R73-210096
Shades Valley1977 4A9-2221770-11017R7#4-09915
 22 Years160-86-25211319616-1469948859-201864871
Mountain Brook
Mountain Brook1975 4A13-03501253-010059R7#
Mountain Brook1974 4A7-3172200R6
Mountain Brook1973 4A1-8-1111189
 3 Years21-11-16335143-0100590-000
 35 Years270-127-39292568630-2413391008110-2636931580

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