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 Dale Pruitt 

Dale Pruitt graduated from Plainview High School and Jacksonville State University.

His first stint as a head football coach came in 1982 at Pisgah. His two teams there finished 18-4 with an undefeated (10-0) regular season in 1983.

In 1984 Coach Pruitt was named to the head football coaching position at his alma mater in Plainview. The Bears won 164 games and lost 64 during a 17-year run with Pruitt as head coach. During his tenure, Plainview made two appearances in the 3A state championship game and won ten area titles.

Pruitt left to become the head football coach at Fort Payne in 2001. He stayed three years, going 18-13 and leading the team to its first playoff berth since 1993. After leaving Fort Payne, Pruitt took over as head coach at Marion County, Tennessee. In two years there, his teams went 14-9.

In 2006 Pruitt returned to Plainview for a second run as the head coach. His success continued with playoff appearances in all but one season. He moved to Albertville following the 2014 season.

Pruitts overall record in Alabama is 275-129 and 289-138 in both states. His teams have made the playoffs a total of 25 times and he has won 13 region championships. His 121 region wins rank among the best of all-time. Pruitt coached four teams to undefeated regular seasons (1983, 1990, 1991 and 1999).

Alabama Record:  275-129-0   68.1%
Other States Record:  14-9-0   60.9%
Overall High School Record:  289-138-0   67.7%
 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 
Albertville2018 6A6-52132360-1047R82-379122
Albertville2017 6A5-5230192R72-484139
Albertville2016 6A8-33562040-1721R74-2192143
Albertville2015 6A7-42721860-13537R74-214588
 4 Years26-1710718180-34210512-11500492
Plainview2014 3A9-34171871-14140R7#7-029560
Plainview2013 3A7-43132150-11442R66-1243108
Plainview2012 3A9-33502291-16968R66-121298
Plainview2011 3A4-5160189R74-4148150
Plainview2010 3A8-43082132-13837R76-2257154
Plainview2009 4A6-53142480-12831R75-2230147
Plainview2008 4A7-43682230-11341R75-2280140
Plainview2007 3A9-32802091-15254R6#7-018157
Plainview2006 3A8-43192111-14128R66-121867
 9 Years67-35282919246-829634152-132064981
Fort Payne
Fort Payne2003 5A6-53051600-12328R64-318496
Fort Payne2002 5A7-3216185R64-3117140
Fort Payne2001 5A5-5203223R74-3152126
 3 Years18-137245680-1232812-9453362
Plainview2000 3A10-22861212-16143R5#6-117658
Plainview1999 3A13-14201503-111569R16#4-014742
Plainview1998 3A8-33111720-11921R16#4-013127
Plainview1997 3A10-33641802-18750R14#3-011314
Plainview1996 3A10-32701692-17071R14#3-05019
Plainview1995 3A9-42672292-16364R142-16754
Plainview1994 3A8-32311680-1033R142-110467
Plainview1993 3A9-42691712-13752R13#2-07615
Plainview1992 3A9-33071511-13420R13#2-07120
Plainview1991 3A14-15531344-110733R10#2-09712
Plainview1990 3A14-14931804-115088R10#2-06522
Plainview1989 3A11-32921233-17339R10#3-0706
Plainview1988 3A7-325893R101-25034
Plainview1987 3A7-3181127R151-25464
Plainview1986 3A3-793148R150-31346
Plainview1985 3A2-870200R150-31277
Plainview1984 3A3-7101147R151-23628
 17 Years147-594766266325-1281658338-151332605
Pisgah1983 2A11-1351511-15035R15#5-01777
Pisgah1982 2A6-4141113R152-37289
 2 Years17-54921641-150357-324996
 35 Years275-1299882613732-2512271092121-5145982536

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Marion County, Tennessee
2 Years14-91-2 
Totals Alabama and Other States
37 Years289-13833-27 

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