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

Coaches with the Best Winning Percentage All-Time 

          Our most recent article detailed the active football coaches with the highest winning percentage in Alabama. Now for a look at the all-time records of the top twenty coaches with the highest winning percentage. As with all of our lists we deal only with the numbers in ranking the  coaches.

          Leading the way is a familiar name in Bill Clark of Prattville fame. Like many of the most successful coaches around the state Coach Clark's father, Ragan Clark, was also a coach and is actually on our list of 100 win coaches. 

          Bill took over the head coaching job at Prattville in 1999 and made a name for himself over the next nine seasons.

Billy Livings  -  Jeff Davis
          Coach Clark posted a 106-11 record as the head coach for the Lions with his final two squads finishing 30-0. He completed his high school coaching career with a 48-2 region record having won forty-two consecutive region games.

          He left Prattville following the 2008 season having last lost a regular season game in 2002 (55 games) and winning back to back state championships. He moved to the college ranks as the defensive coordinator at South Alabama and recently took the head coaching position at Jacksonville State.

           George Cochran may not be a name very familiar with many fans around the state. He began his head coaching career at Hooper Academy in 1972 and won two AISA state championships in his four years there. After winning another two state titles at Eufaula in 1978 and 1981 he took the head coaching job at Mosley High School in Florida in 1986 where he remained through the 1995 season. His record as a high school head coach in Alabama stands at 141-22-1. Cochran's career high school coaching record in both states was 206-51-1.

          For 33 years Bob Newton worked at Homewood high school. First as an assistant coach, then the head coach and athletic director. He was the head coach from 1995-2005 and compiled an overall record of 124-24, winning five class 5A state championships. His teams never had a losing record and won six region titles. His playoff record was a phenomenal 34-4 in nine playoff appearances.

          Coach Billy Livings was named the first head football coach at Jeff Davis in 1968 when the Montgomery school opened. In twelve seasons with the Volunteers his teams had a record of 104-22-4 winning a class 4A state championship in 1978. From 1975-1979 Jeff Davis had a region record of 23-0 winning all five region crowns. His final twenty-six years of coaching were spent at Vero Beach, Florida. His record at both schools was 314-108-4 and he retired as the second winningest high school coach in Florida athletics history.

          David Lowery recently stepped down as the head coach at Brantley after fourteen very successful seasons with the Bulldogs. He became the head coach at Brantley in 1999 after two seasons at Elba in 1995-96. Each of his 16 teams at both schools qualified for the payoffs and he won two state titles at Brantley in 2009 and last season. His teams also won fourteen region championships and his region record was an amazing 92-3 including 62 consecutive region wins.

All-Time Winning Percentage (min 100 wins)
Coach Teams Games Won Lost Tied Pct.
Bill Clark Prattville 117 106 11 0 90.6%
James Porch Ft. Payne, Verbena, Oneonta 125 110 14 1 88.7%
George Cochran Hooper Academy, Eufaula 162 141 22 1 86.5%
Bob Newton Homewood 148 124 24 0 83.8%
Laron White Tanner, Sparkman 178 148 30 0 83.1%
Paul Benefield Sylvania, Fyffe 307 255 52 0 83.1%
Billy Livings Jeff Davis 130 104 22 4 82.5%
Andro Williams Linden, W.S. Neal 133 110 23 0 82.7%
David Lowery Elba, Brantley 205 168 37 0 82.0%
Joe Chorba Guntersville 129 100 23 6 81.3%
Mitchell Tuberville Monroe Academy 136 110 26 0 80.9%
Brent Hubbert Maplesville 198 160 38 0 80.8%
Bobby Carr New Life Christian, Edgewood Academy 223 180 43 0 80.7%
Josh Niblett Oneonta, Oxford, Hoover 228 183 45 0 80.3%
Nolan Atkins Thomasville, Sweet Water, Patrician Academy 343 271 67 5 80.2%
E.D. Chink Lott Anniston, Demopolis 239 179 42 18 81.0%
John Meadows Hanceville, Gordo, Scottsboro, Butler 237 182 46 9 79.8%
John Edward O'Brien Falkville, New Site, Dadeville, Tallassee 205 157 40 8 79.7%
Ivan Jones Foley 139 108 28 3 79.4%
John Mothershed Deshler 254 201 53 0 79.1%
Jamie Riggs Elba, T.R. Miller 386 305 81 0 79.0%
Tom Jones Lee Montgomery, Hayneville 209 154 41 14 79.0%

David Parker

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

The first night game played between high school teams in the state occurred on September 23, 1927 when Pike Road and Cloverdale met in the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.