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 Paul Ellis 

Paul Ellis is a 1985 graduate of Fyffe High School. He earned his degree from Jacksonville State.

Ellis landed his first head coaching job at Valley Head High School in 1992. He had been an assistant with the Tigers for two seasons. In his only season with the Tigers his team finished a disappointing 1-9. Following that season, Ellis served as an assistant at Fort Payne for the next five years under Jerry Elmore.

In 1998 Ellis, 31, got his second shot as a head coach when he accepted the position at Section. He took over from Randy Hallmark. His Lions went 15-15 in three years under his leadership.

Ellis returned to Ft. Payne in 2001 with Dale Pruitt and served as the offensive and defensive line coach in 2003 before stepping up to the head coaching position the next year when Coach Pruitt retired. He was also the head baseball coach at Fort Payne for the 2003 and 2004 baseball seasons.

Coach Ellis retired from the sidelines following the 2017 season. The Wildcats went 109-48 during their fourteen seasons under Coach Ellis. They qualified for the playoffs each season except 2005 and 2016 and won six region titles.

Coach Ellis passed Jerry Elmore with his 97th win at Fort Payne as the winningest head football coach for the Wildcats in 2012.

He served as the head coach in the North-South All-Star game in 2011. Paul is the son of Nelson Ellis who coached at Fyffe, Geraldine and Fort Payne from 1966-1977.

Known Record:  125-72-0   63.5%
 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 
Fort Payne
Fort Payne2017 6A6-52451990-12128R73-311695
Fort Payne2016 6A2-8183296R71-597199
Fort Payne2015 6A8-33301990-12630R7#6-019077
Fort Payne2014 6A7-42261950-1324R75-116584
Fort Payne2013 5A6-52702030-1735R74-316799
Fort Payne2012 5A10-14081290-1614R7#7-030684
Fort Payne2011 5A10-23951441-13136R76-125068
Fort Payne2010 5A12-14931582-17962R7#7-029666
Fort Payne2009 5A8-32932360-12038R7#6-1196125
Fort Payne2008 5A7-42921650-13135R75-219987
Fort Payne2007 5A11-15182231-15548R7#7-0342114
Fort Payne2006 5A11-14322761-14673R7#7-0269155
Fort Payne2005 5A4-6201228R72-5119173
Fort Payne2004 5A7-42401690-107R74-3158146
 14 Years109-48452628205-1232543070-2428701572
Section2000 2A4-6199234R72-5138186
Section1999 2A8-32921580-11332R142-110734
Section1998 2A3-6143163R141-25658
 3 Years15-156345550-113325-8301278
Valley Head
Valley Head1992 1A1-977264R160-32678
 1 Year1-9772640-0000-32678
 18 Years125-72523736395-1333846275-3531971928

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