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Alabama High School Football Head Coaches

Roland Atkins

Roland Atkins born July 2, 1933, in Columbus, Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State where he played for the freshman football team.

Following graduation he spent two years in the service in Berlin, Germany. In the military he played service football and baseball. He spent several summers in the early 1960 managing the West Point Packers, a semi-pro baseball team in Columbus, MS.

Atkins was an assistant football and head basketball at Alcorn High School in north Mississippi in 1961. The next year he served in the same capacity at Citrus High School in Inverness, FL.

In 1963, he accepted his first job as a head football coach at Dunnellon High School in Florida. Atkins also served as the athletic director at the school. The team won the Florida State Championship for Class AA that season.

He moved back to Alabama in 1964 to take over the football program at Marengo County High School in Thomaston.

Over the next three seasons his teams went 26-4-1, culminating in a 12-0 State Championship season in 1967. It was the first year of the state playoffs and his team brought home the trophy.

In 1968 he coached for one season at Greenville High School with a 4-5-1 record.

Atkins came to Sheffield High School in 1970 and led the Bulldogs to a 37-17-1 mark as the head football coach. They captured the Tennessee Valley Conference title twice during his tenure at Sheffield. Atkins served as the head coach at Austin in 1975 where his squad went 2-8.

He moved to the AISA for a couple of seasons at Meadowview Christian and South Choctaw Academy before finishing up his career at Cherokee high school (1980-82),

His overall record in fourteen seasons is 91-61-5 in Alabama as a high school football coach. The record for his one season in Florida in unavailable. Roland is the brother of long-time Sweet Water head coach Nolan Atkins who won 269 games as a coach.

In 1983, Atkins moved to Big Springs, Texas. He served as a schoolteacher and a coach, and was the vice principal at Big Spring High School. Roland Atkins, 64, died Thursday, May 14, 1998, in Big Springs, Texas.

Alabama Record:  91-61-5   59.9%
Other States Record:  0-0-0   
Overall High School Record:  91-61-5   59.9%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Cherokee1982 2A4-5169183R132-210291
Cherokee1981 2A7-3243139R133-111020
Cherokee1980 2A5-5184170R132-25542
 3 Years16-135964920-0007-5267153
South Choctaw Academy
South Choctaw Academy1979 AISA-AAA4-6140184
 1 Year4-61401840-0000-000
Meadowview Christian
Meadowview Christian1978 AISA-AA2-8-134233
 1 Year2-8-1342330-0000-000
Austin1975 4A2-8115204
 1 Year2-81152040-0000-000
Sheffield1974 3A10-43231653-17849R16#
Sheffield1973 3A8-32491040-1010
Sheffield1972 3A6-3-1155126
Sheffield1971 3A7-3215140
Sheffield1970 4A5-5170128
 5 Years36-18-111126633-278590-000
Greenville1968 3A4-5-1136156
 1 Year4-5-11361560-0000-000
Marengo County
Marengo County1967 1A12-0409782-07613
Marengo County1966 1A8-1-125645
Marengo County1965 1A6-3-116970
 3 Years26-4-28341932-076130-000
 15 Years90-62-5296721255-2154727-5267153

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Dunnellon, Florida
1 Year0-0-00-0 
Totals Alabama and Other States
16 Years90-62-50-0 

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