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 Fred Buster Gross 

Fred "Buster" Gross was a native of Gadsden, Alabama and a graduate of Emma Sansom High School. He was a standout football player with the Rebels during his playing days.

Coach Gross began his career as a football player, increasing his love for the game until a injury forced him off the field during his sophomore year as an Auburn Tiger. He would go on to receive his degree from Auburn before embarking upon his coaching career.

After receiving his Bachelors Degree from Auburn in 1957, Coach Gross accepted his first head coach position in 1959 at Southside High School in Gadsden, but a mediocre first season record of 4-6 led him to step away from coaching for other pursuits with retailer J.C. Pennys.

Gross love for the game of football made his coaching departure short. Coach Gross returned to coaching at Alma Hinson Junior High School for two years before leaving for the head coach position at Walnut Grove.

In three seasons he led the Tigers football team to an exceptional 20-9-1 record, a regional state championship by the Birmingham News, and received State Class A Coach of the Year honors in 1965.

Next on Coach Grosss agenda was Arab High School in Marshall County. His teams, for the next six years, won five county championships and had two teams to lose only one game. His record at Arab was 46-17-6.

Gross returned to his alma mater, Emma Sansom, in 1973. Coach Gross sculpted winners out of the football program, amassing a record of 124-74-4 in 18 seasons.

His Rebel teams qualified made ten state playoff appearances, and won eight area and region titles. His 1984 squad won the Class 3A State Championship with a 15-0 record and a 10-7 win over Greenville in the championship game.

Gross overall football coaching record is 194-106-11. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Known Record:  197-105-11   65.2%
 Season Total   Playoffs   Region Record 
 Team   Season  Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T  PF  PA   Region  Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Emma Sansom
Emma Sansom1991 5A2-8115271R120-32076
Emma Sansom1990 5A4-6211193R120-32868
Emma Sansom1989 5A7-31861500-11331R122-14829
Emma Sansom1988 5A3-72012470-11442R121-25757
Emma Sansom1987 5A10-32521562-14541R16#3-17761
Emma Sansom1986 5A4-6145151R162-25241
Emma Sansom1985 5A5-5177175R131-23950
Emma Sansom1984 5A15-04001025-09645R13#3-07415
Emma Sansom1983 3A13-14241483-18448R12#7-026171
Emma Sansom1982 3A9-23041050-12021R12#6-118954
Emma Sansom1981 4A8-1-116761R104-18920
Emma Sansom1980 4A9-2256890-11214R10#4-110133
Emma Sansom1979 4A10-1-12941291-12738R10#6-017875
Emma Sansom1978 4A8-22621130-12025R10#5-116862
Emma Sansom1977 4A6-42252160-11528R10#5-117086
Emma Sansom1976 4A4-5109165R102-45199
Emma Sansom1975 4A1-992206R10
Emma Sansom1974 4A6-2-2179121R9
Emma Sansom1973 4A3-647181
 19 Years127-73-44046297911-934633351-231602897
Arab1972 3A7-1-218894
Arab1971 3A6-2-1181129
Arab1970 4A9-119785
Arab1969 4A7-3218128
Arab1968 4A4-5-1136167
Arab1967 4A7-316095
Arab1966 4A6-2-223679
 7 Years46-17-613167770-0000-000
Walnut Grove
Walnut Grove1965 1A8-1-128565
Walnut Grove1964 1A8-221061
Walnut Grove1963 1A4-6128140
 3 Years20-9-16232660-0000-000
Southside Gadsden
Southside Gadsden1959 4-6107160
 1 Year4-61071600-0000-000
 30 Years197-105-116092418211-934633351-231602897

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