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Etowah Blue Devils

 James Glover 

James E. Glover was born in 1916 in Moundville, Alabama. He attended Hale County High School, where he was a three-sport star. Glover was an outstanding football player and received a football scholarship to play at East Mississippi Junior College and later played at Delta State, where he graduated in 1940.

That same fall, he landed his first head coaching job at Brookwood High School where he remained for only two season before Uncle Sam called. He spent the next three and one half years in the U.S. Navy serving his country during World War II.

Upon returning to his native Alabama, Glover became the head coach at Jefferson County High School (Tarrant) in 1945 for two years. His next stop would be his longest and most impressive. He made his mark on the high school coaching ranks when in 1947 he accepted the head coaching job at Etowah High School.

For the next 31 seasons he guided the Blue Devils from the sidelines. Glovers first five teams went 44-2-3. His overall record at Etowah was an impressive 189-100-16. Glover coached six undefeated squads and a State Championship team.

Glovers 1950 Blue Devils team finished the season 10-0 and were named State Champions by most newspapers around the state.

The Blue Devils lost the first game of the 1948 season and the last game of the 1951 campaign. In between they reeled off a 35 game winning streak.

Glover led his teams at Etowah to 24 Gadsden Charity Bowl appearances. He came back in 1986 for one season with Coosa Christian where his team finished 12-0 and won the Alabama Christian Athletic Conference Championship.

He received several Coach of the Year awards and was named to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1985. Etowah High School renamed their stadium in his honor. Glover is a member of the Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Associations Hall of Fame in 1992.

Coach James Glover passed away Sunday, July 12, 1987 at the age of 71 following a battle with cancer.

Known Record:  223-113-16   66.4%
 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 
Coosa Christian
Coosa Christian1986 ACAC12-0200592-01712
 1 Year12-0200592-017120-000
Etowah1977 4A3-7115135R101-577103
Etowah1976 4A4-6115136R101-548105
Etowah1975 4A2-7101239R10
Etowah1974 4A1-887210R9
Etowah1973 4A3-7114213
Etowah1972 4A0-9120255
Etowah1971 4A7-315867
Etowah1970 4A3-7138128
Etowah1969 4A9-0-123567
Etowah1968 4A8-1-117661
Etowah1967 4A8-2205128
Etowah1966 4A7-3242112
Etowah1965 4A4-684149
Etowah1964 4A6-3-1138106
Etowah1963 4A7-324496
Etowah1962 8-226176
Etowah1961 7-2-119975
Etowah1960 8-1-121351
Etowah1959 7-2-118153
Etowah1958 10-026353
Etowah1957 2-6-1107133
Etowah1956 9-0-1224101
Etowah1955 5-3-2189142
Etowah1954 9-0-123374
Etowah1953 6-4166184
Etowah1952 5-4-1144133
Etowah1951 7-1-118940
Etowah1950 10-025156
Etowah1949 10-024860
Etowah1948 8-1-122258
Etowah1947 9-0-127118
 31 Years192-98-15563334090-0002-10125208
Jefferson County1946 6-3132127
Jefferson County1945 6-3188101
 2 Years12-63202280-0000-000
Brookwood1942 2-659201
Brookwood1941 5-3-112590
 2 Years7-9-11842910-0000-000
 36 Years223-113-16633739872-017122-10125208

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