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 Lyle Darnell 

Lyle Kenneth Darnell coached high school football in Alabama for 41 years, and wouldnt have had it any other way. The Arab native coached at nine different schools during his career.

Darnell attended Arab High School, where he played football, basketball, baseball and track under coach Tom Mehard.

Darnell was a standout baseball and football player for the Arab Knights. As a player he received All-County honors in four sports in both his junior and senior years.

He accepted a scholarship offer from Auburn University to play football after graduating from Arab in 1952. But there was a catch. Auburn wanted him to play football at a junior college for two years before arriving on campus.

He went to Decatur, Mississippi and played at the junior college there. After playing one season, Darnell transferred to Jacksonville State. He played football and baseball for the Gamecocks from 1953 to 1956 and graduated with a degree in education from JSU in 1956. He later earned a Masters degree at Livingston State.

Following graduation, Coach E.C. Wilson offered him a job as his assistant coach at Glencoe. Darnell remained at Glencoe until he accepted the offensive coordinator job at Clay County High School in 1959 under head coach Billy Hugh Hudson.

In 1960, Darnell accepted the head coaching position at Hanceville. Darnells first head coaching job was difficult and he finished 18-17-4 during the four football seasons at Hanceville.

He took the top position at Thompson High School in 1964. Thompson had lost 33 consecutive games and was seeking a new football coach. Darnell coached two seasons at Thompson, going 5-4 in 1964, and 5-5 in 1965.

Darnell accepted the head coaching position at Glencoe High School in 1968 when his mentor and longtime head coach Wilson decided to retire. Darnell took over the program, and stayed there for 12 years. He led Glencoe to its lone State Championship in 1973 when the Yellow Jackets defeated Florala 24-14 for the title. The Yellow Jackets finished the 1973 season with a perfect 13-0 record.

He posted a 97-28-2 record at Glencoe in 12 seasons as the head coach. Darnell left Glencoe for Scottsboro in 1980 to take over a struggling program. Darnell was named coach of the year in 1980 in his only season there. The next year he moved to Etowah for a single season before going to Pell City for five seasons beginning in 1982.

Darnell would return to Scottsboro in 1987, where he retired following the 1989 season. Darnell returned to the sidelines in 1991 as an assistant at Gadsden High School.

He coached one season (1993) at Gordon Central High School in Calhoun, Georgis with a 3-7 record. Darnell would serve as offensive coordinator at Boaz from 1994 to 1997.

Darnells overall football coaching record stands at 186-105-6 with three area and region titles in Alabama. Darnell was named Coach of the Year by the ASWA in 1986. He was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Associations Hall of Fame in 1995.

Alabama Record:  177-101-3   63.7%
Other States Record:  3-7-0   30.0%
Overall High School Record:  180-108-3   62.5%
 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 
Scottsboro1989 6A8-43232081-14462R162-18552
Scottsboro1988 6A2-91252520-11621R162-12859
Scottsboro1987 6A4-71242260-1338R162-13846
 3 Years14-205726861-3631216-3151157
Pell City
Pell City1986 5A11-33731243-18943R112-16626
Pell City1985 5A8-31801210-1017R112-12443
Pell City1984 5A8-214798R111-23457
Pell City1983 4A4-7128194R100-1820
Pell City1982 4A6-4168202R100-107
 5 Years37-199967393-289605-6132153
Etowah1981 4A0-1054311R100-525135
 1 Year0-10543110-0000-525135
Scottsboro1980 4A9-32051461-11435R11#3-18259
 1 Year9-32051461-114353-18259
Glencoe1979 3A12-12191042-14155R12#6-07936
Glencoe1978 3A7-41901300-1634R12#5-112048
Glencoe1977 3A9-127982R125-115469
Glencoe1976 3A9-1238123R126-116599
Glencoe1975 3A7-323398R12
Glencoe1974 2A8-224885R8
Glencoe1973 2A13-04311553-07857
Glencoe1972 2A8-2262113
Glencoe1971 2A8-221689
Glencoe1970 3A9-0-129670
Glencoe1969 3A3-6-1103161
Glencoe1968 3A4-692159
 12 Years97-28-2280713695-212514622-3518252
Thompson1965 3A5-5160161
Thompson1964 3A6-4157104
 2 Years11-93172650-0000-000
Hanceville1963 3A6-3-1198114
Hanceville1962 5-4-1145129
Hanceville1961 3-6-1174100
Hanceville1960 4-4-1107174
 4 Years18-17-46245170-0000-000
 28 Years186-106-65575403310-829136236-18908756

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Gordon Central, Georgia
1 Year3-7-00-0 
Totals Alabama and Other States
29 Years189-113-610-8 

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