Saraland assistant coach Devin Roberts has been named the new head football coach at Washington County. A native of Chatom, Roberts will begin his new job July 10th. He is replacing Al Earnest, who stepped down at the end of school in May to take a position with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Roberts worked for three seasons as quarterback coach at Auburn High School. He retuned to southwest Alabama to work with the freshman program at Saraland and serve as a varsity assistant coach. He also worked with JV and varsity basketball. “I’m really excited for Devin and his wife Rachel,” Saraland head coach Jeff Kelly said on Al.com. “They are outstanding people. He’s done a great job with our kids here. He ran our freshman program the last few years. He is a really strong offensive mind and a good communicator. I know getting the opportunity to go back home for him is appealing, and I have no doubt he’ll do a great job.”
Roberts is excited about returning to the Chatom community. He and his wife Rachel have family there as well as in Jackson. “Our goals will never change,” Roberts said on Al.com. “We will always shoot to win a state title. I know small schools will be up and down depending on the cycle of athletes, but we want to be the best 2A team in the state. I can’t promise that we will always reach our goals, but I can promise you we will work our hardest to get there. We are going to work hard and be sound fundamentally.”
Washington County plays a preseason game with T.R. Miller on August 25th before opening the season with Millry in Chatom on August 31st.