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 Mike Battles Jr. 

Mike Battles, Jr. was a star linebacker and placekicker during his football playing days at Walter Wellborn High School in Anniston. He was named to the 1988 and 1989 All-State teams, earning first team honors as a senior in 1989.

Battles also played in the 1990 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game in Mobile. He was named the Player of the Year for Class 5A and to the Super 12 team by the ASWA.

Battles received a scholarship from Samford University and played for coaches Terry Bowden and Chan Gailey. He received a Bachelors in Science Biology/ English degree from Samford University in 1995.

His first head coaching job came at Oak Grove when he was named the Athletic Director and Head Football in 1997 at the age of 25. Over the next eleven seasons his teams advanced to the playoffs seven times and won a region title in 2001.

In 2008, Bibb County came calling and Battles jumped at the opportunity to join them in Centreville. His Choctaws won 46 games in four years with only six losses, winning three region titles and making the playoffs each year. In 2010 the Choctaws reached the semi-finals of the state playoffs. That team lost to Thomasville, who went on to win the State Championship.

As the son of a coach , Mike Battles knows all about changing jobs. In 2012 he landed in Tallassee where he remains entering the 2019 season. His Tigers finished the 2012 season with a 9-3 record and a playoff berth.

Battles has been a head coach for 22 years with a record of 172-81. He has coached seventeen playoff teams and won four region titles.

Battles father, a 30 year veteran head coach and won over 200 games as a high school coach. The elder Battles coached his son at Walter Wellborn High School in Anniston in the late 1980s.

Known Record:  180-92-0   66.2%
 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 
Tallassee2020 5A3-7163234R42-4127117
Tallassee2019 5A5-4154176R23-385134
Tallassee2018 5A6-4255195R23-3156135
Tallassee2017 4A10-23562521-15173R36-1223123
Tallassee2016 4A9-43912922-17891R35-2235146
Tallassee2015 5A5-63062800-1735R33-3210178
Tallassee2014 5A8-43822151-16154R3#5-1231112
Tallassee2013 4A8-33811730-11021R25-2266107
Tallassee2012 4A9-34582041-15755R26-126182
 9 Years63-37284620215-626432938-2017941134
Bibb County
Bibb County2011 4A12-15732132-111081R4#7-0334105
Bibb County2010 4A12-26011193-111364R4#7-038324
Bibb County2009 4A12-1512962-18031R3#7-033326
Bibb County2008 4A10-24552221-15761R36-1292100
 4 Years46-621416508-436023727-11342255
Oak Grove
Oak Grove2007 4A6-52032280-12149R44-3126139
Oak Grove2006 4A3-7108200R43-494147
Oak Grove2005 4A3-7131251R51-674216
Oak Grove2004 4A9-33052031-12055R55-2178127
Oak Grove2003 3A7-42152370-1063R44-3144136
Oak Grove2002 3A9-32952201-12743R45-2195150
Oak Grove2001 4A9-32191411-12216R5#6-113871
Oak Grove2000 4A8-32982000-11946R56-119581
Oak Grove1999 4A5-62442950-11551R92-19078
Oak Grove1998 4A5-5296266R91-295115
Oak Grove1997 4A7-3331145R121-26564
 11 Years71-49264523863-712432338-2713941324
 24 Years180-927632505716-17748889103-4845302713

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