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   The best of the best in Alabama High   
  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

Most Playoff Appearances

(Updated 5/6/2017)

          Our list of coaches with the most football playoff appearances is very similar to our list of coaches with the most wins. The same names are on both lists in close to the same order near the top.

          Over the years qualifying for the playoffs has become easier than it once was prior to 1984. The current playoff system allows roughly one half the teams in each classification to qualify for the playoffs. That is why most of the coaches on our list are active this season or recently retired.

Coach Buddy Anderson
          Qualifying for the playoffs does not carry the same significance it once did but it is still the first goal of every team taking the field each season.

          Coach Buddy Anderson of Vestavia Hills tops out list with thirty playoff appearances in his thirty-seven year football coaching career. Glenn Vickery, Jamie Riggs and Robby James are a close second with twenty-eight.

          Recently retired Waldon Tucker from Fayette County and Spence McCracken are close behind with twenty-six football playoff appearances during their respective coaching careers.

          Below is a list of the coaches with at least twenty-two playoff appearances during their high school football coaching careers.

Playoff Appearances  
Coach Teams Appearances Titles
Buddy Anderson Vestavia Hills 30 2
Jamie Riggs Opp, T.R. Miller 28 4
Glenn Vickery Mobile Christian, Davidson, Daphne 28 2
Robby James Catherine Ac., Morgan Ac., Faith Ac., Marengo Ac. 28 9
Waldon Tucker Demopolis Academy, Gordo, Fayette County 27 1
Spence McCracken Montgomery Academy, Lee Montgomery, Opelika 26 3
Billy Hamilton Grove Hill Academy, Clarke Prep 26 5
Randy Ragsdale Trinity 25 1
Jackie O'Neal Reeltown 25 2
Robert Higginbotham Mountain Brook, Shades Valley, Tuscaloosa County 25 1
Robert Gartman Morgan Ac., Wilcox Ac., Jackson Ac., Sumter Ac. 24 7
Russell Jacoway Sand Rock 24 1
Fred Yancey Briarwood 25 3
Terry Curtis Shaw, Murphy, UMS-Wright 25 5
Danny Horn Clay County, Benjamin Russell 25 6
Dale Pruitt Albertville, Plainview, Ft. Payne, Pisgah 24 0
Nolan Atkins Sweet Water, Thomasville 23 3
Trent Taylor Kinston, Straughn, Andalusia 24 0
Paul Benefield Sylvania, Fyffe 23 2
David Powell McAdory 22 0

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