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 Bill Burgess 

Bill Burgess was a graduate of Jones Valley High School where he played football and earned second team All-State honors as a senior running back. Burgess earned a scholarship to play football at Auburn University.

He was a letterman for the Auburn Tigers as a fullback in 1962 before embarking upon his coaching career as a football assistant at Banks high school in Birmingham.

In 1966 he became the head football coach at Woodlawn. After five seasons with the Colonels, Burgess moved to Oxford and accepted the head coaching job with the Yellow Jackets in 1971.

His Oxford teams were 107-41-4 and reached the AHSAA playoffs eight times during his fourteen years with the school. The 1982 team reached the state finals before losing to Thompson 14-11 in the championship game.

It was the schools first title game appearance. His football coaching record at Oxford was 107-41-4. Burgess teams made the playoffs nine times and won four area and region titles.

In 1985, Burgess became head football coach at Jacksonville State University. Bill Burgess finished his college career with a 84-49-4 and won the 1992 NCAA division II National Championship in 12 seasons as the head coach of the Gamecocks.

He won four Gulf South Conference crowns, five straight invitations to the NCAA Division II playoffs and the Gamecocks advanced to the title game in three of those seasons.

Burgess was named the Gulf South conference Coach of the Year three times and was also the 1992 NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year. Jacksonville State won the Gulf South Conference in 1988 with a 7-1 record. The next season they won the 1989 GSC title with a perfect 8-0 record and finished NCAA Runner-up.

His team finished 6-0 in 1991 and 5-0-1 in 1992 to win back-to-back GSC titles, capped with the 1992 National Championship in JSUs final game as a Division II member. Burgess coached the Gamecocks from 1985 until 1996.

He was inducted into the Jacksonville State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. He is also a member of the Calhoun County Hall of Fame.

Known Record:  127-68-5   65.1%
 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 
Oxford1984 5A7-31981280-11828R122-16447
Oxford1983 3A7-322699R115-215571
Oxford1982 3A12-23461513-18362R11#7-018457
Oxford1981 3A9-2-1281701-14117R11#6-016717
Oxford1980 3A8-32001120-12021R11#6-011561
Oxford1979 4A4-6173125R102-410478
Oxford1978 4A9-2290940-1728R105-115264
Oxford1977 3A8-2283101R115-114850
Oxford1976 3A4-6147157R113-39090
Oxford1975 3A9-32121341-12835R11#
Oxford1974 3A4-5-1117166R11
Oxford1973 3A5-3-1149109
Oxford1972 3A10-1292751-13256
Oxford1971 3A10-1-13261311-12435
 14 Years106-42-4324016527-825328241-121179535
Woodlawn1970 4A4-6153185
Woodlawn1969 4A10-13721070-11328
Woodlawn1968 4A3-6119158
Woodlawn1967 4A1-7-181217
Woodlawn1966 4A3-686152
 5 Years21-26-18118190-113280-000
 19 Years127-68-5405124717-926631041-121179535

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