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 Vernon Wells 

Vernon Wells grew up in Moss Point, Mississippi and attended the local high school that at the time was a powerhouse in the state. He played quarterback at the University of Southern Mississippi, earning three varsity letters and graduating in 1949.

Wells began and ended his head coaching career at Albertville with stops in between at Butler, Fort Payne and Rainsville, resulting in a 37-year record of 211 wins, 135 losses and 11 ties.

He accepted the head coaching position at Albertville in 1949 where he remained for five seasons. His 1953 team finished the season with a 7-2-1 record and was named State Champions by the Birmingham News for Class AA District 4. Wells moved over to Butler for three years beginning in 1954.

In 1958 he took the head job at Fort Payne where his 1964 team won the Class 3A State Championship. He left Fort Payne following the 1967 season for Plainview. His five teams at Plainview all had winning records.

His final stop during his head coaching career was where it all began when he returned to Albertville. Wells teams won over 200 games but he never had a team reach the state football playoffs during his 36 year career.

Coaching honors for Wells include serving as the head coach of the Alabama All-Star game, two-time state Coach of the Year, and inductee into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame and the DeKalb County Sports Hall of Fame.

Known Record:  212-134-11   61.3%
 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 
Albertville1985 6A7-3226168R162-16347
Albertville1984 6A5-5215189R160-34372
Albertville1983 4A8-2220128R103-210584
Albertville1982 4A1-974263R100-523126
Albertville1981 4A7-3121130R103-25677
Albertville1980 4A5-5172143R101-470110
Albertville1979 4A3-776163R102-552118
Albertville1978 4A2-7-179164R101-650133
Albertville1977 4A7-3174172R104-2112138
Albertville1976 4A7-2-117568R104-212054
Albertville1975 4A8-220762R9
Albertville1974 4A2-8126201R9
Albertville1973 4A5-5213190
 13 Years67-61-2207820410-00020-32694959
Plainview1972 2A7-2-1248127
Plainview1971 2A7-3134140
Plainview1970 2A5-4136150
Plainview1969 2A7-3197136
Plainview1968 2A7-2-1225125
 5 Years33-14-29406780-0000-000
Fort Payne
Fort Payne1967 3A5-5170133
Fort Payne1966 3A3-6-189215
Fort Payne1965 3A7-213022
Fort Payne1964 3A9-121272
Fort Payne1963 3A8-220859
Fort Payne1962 9-0-125753
Fort Payne1961 7-2-120894
Fort Payne1960 4-5-1140134
Fort Payne1959 6-3-1255156
Fort Payne1958 7-317869
 10 Years65-29-5184710070-0000-000
Butler1956 3A6-4166143
Butler1955 3A6-4167163
Butler1954 3A4-585125
 3 Years16-134184310-0000-000
Albertville1953 2A7-2-121985
Albertville1952 2A6-3-1251135
Albertville1951 2A3-7128190
Albertville1950 2A8-2245118
Albertville1949 7-319476
 5 Years31-17-210376040-0000-000
 36 Years212-134-11632047610-00020-32694959

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