Four of the state’s finest assistant coaches turned in their assistant hats to become the latest head coaching hires in the state on Thursday.
Hoover offensive line coach Chad Eads, long known as one of the finest offensive line coaches around, is the new head coach at Gardendale. He replaces Matt Plunkett who took his trade to Cullman.
Hoover assistant head coach Adrian Abrams has been named the new head coach at Minor High School in Birmingham. Abrams replaces Curtis Graves. Minor went 4-6 last season. “It is a place you can have success,” Abrams told al.com.
John Clements is the new coach at Corner, replacing Zac Willis. Clements comes from Clay Chalkville, where he was the offensive coordinator. It will be his first head coaching job. “It’s a town just like where I grew up,” he said on al.com. “It’s a tight-knight community. It makes you feel like you’re going home.”
Mary Montgomery promoted assistant Stan Cain to head coach. This is far from Cain’s first job. He has been on the staff at MGM for one year. However, he was a successful head coach in Mississippi for 19 seasons. Cain replaces Chris Wilson who resigned at the end of the season.
“I’m very proud to be able to lead this program,” McCain said. “I think since I’ve been here a year, maybe I can provide a little sense of stability they haven’t had for a while. The guys right now are working hard. We need to get some more guys from the student body out there with us and keep the kids from middle school in Semmes. We are working on fixing that.”
Here is the latest list of coaching changes.
TEAM FORMER COACH NEW COACH.
Ardmore Andrew Smith (interim) P.J. Wright
B.B. Comer Mike Battles, Sr. Unfilled
Bessemer City Quintin Jackson Unfilled
Chickasaw John Beverly Unfilled
Clay Central Chris Herron Unfilled
Corner Zac Willis John Clements
Cottage Hill David Peebles Unfilled
Cullman Mark Britton Matt Plunkett
Danville Josh LouAllen Unfilled
Dothan Kevin Jackson Unfilled East Lawrence Jarrod Helms Matthew Pettus
Ellwood Christian Mike Stokes Unfilled
Elmore County Norman Dean Unfilled
Eufaula Bryan Moore Unfilled
Faith Academy Jeff Estes Jack French
Florence J.B. Wallace Unfilled
Gardendale Matt Plunkett Chad Eads
Glencoe Rusty Davis Brian Alred
Helena Watt Parker Unfilled
Houston Academy Jimmy Addison Unfilled
Jasper Heath Brunner Bryan Moore
Mary Montgomery Chris Wilson Stan Cain
Minor Curtis Graves Adrian Abrams
New Hope Kenny Chadwick Bart Stephenson
Oneonta Brandon Herring Unfilled
Pell City Keith Etheredge Unfilled
Prattville Chad Anderson Unfilled
Ragland Brian Alred Unfilled
Robertsdale Brian Campbell Unfilled
Priceville Dirk Strunk Unfilled
Smiths Station Adam Fossett Unfilled
T.R. Miller Andrew Thomas Keith Etheredge
Winston County Bart Stephenson Mark Mitchell