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 Bill Farrell 

Bill Farrell was a standout football player at Jacksonville High School before graduating in 1943. He played football at Jacksonville State and served as captain of the then Eagle Owls football team in 1946 before graduating in the spring of 1947.

Farrell landed his first coaching job at Ohatchee high school in 1947. He took on the task of building a football program with a school that had not fielded a football team in eight years. His very first team finished with an 0-7-2. In 1951, Ohatchee went 8-0-2 and were Calhoun County champions. It was the first undefeated team in school history. He was named Calhoun County coach of the year.

Coach Farrell accepted the head coach position at Piedmont in 1952. The Piedmont Bulldogs finished with winning records in seven of his eight seasons with the program. His eight teams went 4-20-1 overall.

His final two Piedmont teams were 9-1-0. The 1958 Bulldogs defeated Wellborn 26-6 in the Turkey Bowl to avenge their only regular season loss.

Farrell stepped down after the 1959 season and spent the next ten years as a principal – two years at Lineville, one in Georgia, then seven years at Ohatchee. He was vocational guidance director for the Calhoun County school system during the 1970-71 school year.

In 1971, Coach Farrell took over the football program at Anniston. It was another rebuilding job as the Bulldogs had managed only one winning season in the previous seven seasons.

Farrell was Big Six coach of the year again in 1973 and 1974, sharing the award with Jack Stewart in 1974. In 1973 he was also voted North East Alabama Conference coach of the year. The 1973 team was the first at Anniston to complete a regular season schedule undefeated and untied. It was also the first to reach the state playoffs.

He resigned after the 1978 season then returned in 1986 for one last campaign. When he retired midway through the 1987 season his overall career record was 133-67- 7. Farrell was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Known Record:  133-67-7   66.5%
 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 
Anniston1986 6A4-590132R91-22038
Anniston1978 4A5-4211165R103-3134110
Anniston1977 4A7-2235143R104-215493
Anniston1976 4A7-32151100-12127R10#6-013434
Anniston1975 4A6-4189217R10
Anniston1974 4A10-12831341-13839R9#
Anniston1973 4A10-1334700-11316
Anniston1972 4A7-3228154
Anniston1971 4A2-5-165145
 9 Years58-28-1185012701-3728214-7442275
Piedmont1959 9-122967
Piedmont1958 9-124170
Piedmont1957 5-410595
Piedmont1956 4-5133173
Piedmont1955 6-3187130
Piedmont1954 6-2-1184116
Piedmont1953 7-2238101
Piedmont1952 8-2270100
 8 Years54-20-115878520-0000-000
Ohatchee1951 8-0-223946
Ohatchee1950 4-3-1174115
Ohatchee1949 4-5115161
Ohatchee1948 5-412681
Ohatchee1947 0-7-221155
 5 Years21-19-56755580-0000-000
 22 Years133-67-7411226801-3728214-7442275

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