Last Coaching Vacancies Filled as Practice Begins for Some Teams


Former Chickasaw assistant Carl Herring is the new head coach at the 2A school.


It's put up or shut up time for schools without head coaches as practice has already begun for teams which did not do spring practice this week. All other teams will officially start practice next Monday.


Central Hayneville, Central Coosa, R.C. Hatch, Chickasaw, Susan Moore and Washington County all hired their head coaches in the last two weeks.


There have been 96 positions filled since the end of the season and there is one vacancy left (Fruitdale). Overall, 24.9% of AHSAA school hired new coaches for the 2022 football season. This amounts to one out of every four schools.


The biggest turnover per classification was in 6A, where literally 33.3% or one third of all schools have new head coaches. The smallest amount of turnover was in the small classifications. Class 2A saw a 20% change in head coaches and Class 1A had a 20% rate of turnover as well.


Of the 95 new coaches, 12 came from out of state. Nine of those were assistants and three were head coaches in other states. All had previous ties to the state of Alabama except one.


There were two former college coaches hired, one a head coach and one an assistant. Wetumpka was the only school to hire a former professional football player from last year.


There were 82 hires from within the state of Alabama, with 58 of those being assistant coaches last year and 24 working as head coaches.


There were 26 assistant coaches that were hired as head coach at the same school (27%).


Only 23 of the 96 head coaches who resigned their AHSAA jobs in the off season have taken another AHSAA head coaching job. The others took an out of state job, an AISA position, an assistant's job, a job in college or left to go into administration or retirement.


Schools that lose their head coach in the summer will generally turn to someone on the staff if they have a capable assistant who wants the job.


Of the 12 hirings so far in 1A, eleven of those were assistant coaches and six were on staff hires. Another interesting thing about 1A is that those hirings tend to take place late in the school year or summer. Those head coaches resign later. Some take assistant jobs at bigger schools when school gets out. There are some 1A schools that have little football tradition that hire a new head coach almost every year.


Class 2A has had 13 hirings so far as well with eleven assistant coaches winning those positions. However, only three were "on staff" hires. The rest of the assistants came from bigger schools. There were more head coaches hired for 3A positions (5) than 1A and 2A combined (2). Four of those coaches came from 3A or larger schools with the other a former AISA head coach.


Class 4A saw 17 hires (27.4%) with 11 of those being assistants. All but one assistant came from a school that was 4A or larger. One of the tendencies in all classifications seems to be that if an assistant is hired, that coach is either from that school or from the same or a larger classification. The head coaches that were hired from in state for the 4A jobs had a combined record of 18-24 last season.


In Class 5A, of the 13 hires (23.2%) that have taken place, only 1 school hired a head coach (Patrick Browning who left Pike Road for Greenville). The 12 assistants all worked at 5A or larger schools and 1 hire was a college assistant.


The two biggest classifications hire more head coaches. Several of these are successful at lower levels and are moving up rather than dropping in classification as happens in 1A-5A. All of the assistants hired were from 6A or 7A teams. 13 of the 28 hires in 6A and 7A were already head coaches. In 7A, only 1 school made an "on staff" hire.


Of the top 13 jobs available in the off season (those jobs with great tradition that are known for winning and have also had recent success) - six of those jobs were filled with assistant coaches already on the staff. Another school hired a former assistant coach who was out of state. Two of those schools hired former players. One school hired a head coach who was at a smaller school in the system. Another school hired a head coach who had previously coached in the same school system as the superintendent who hired him for the new job. These stats tell us that the best jobs go to coaches who have ties to the primary decision makers at the school. Young coaches who would love to seek such positions in the future should take note. The best way to capture one of those jobs is to work as an assistant at one of those schools and be the best coach on the staff. Do a great job with your teaching assignment and be professional in all of your dealings with other teachers, administrators, parents and students. Someone of note is always watching the kind of job that you do. Those that hire would prefer to give the job to a coach they are familiar with and feel good about their character, work ethic and professionalism. Coaches should also remember that the person who is assistant principal at your school today, may be the superintendent at a school system which has a football team with great tradition a decade from now. Truly, every day that you coach is like a job interview for the future.


Here is the complete list of coaching turnover in the 2022 off season.



School Old Coach New Coach Last Job


Barbour County Chad Martin Daniel Powell Asst HS Georgia


Benjamin Russell Aubrey Blackwell Smitty Grider Dothan HC


Billingsley Phil Coggins Lanny Jones Gulf Shores Asst Coach


Blount Dedrick Sumpter Josh Harris Scarborough M.S.


Brooks Brad Black Tim Bowens Clark Univ HC


Carver Birmingham Derone Fagan Rod Carson Beaumont Tx OC


Central Hayneville Michael Perry Corvin Johnson BT Washington Asst


Chelsea Dustin Goodwin Todd Cassity Pennington HC


Chickasaw Ryan Little Carl Herring Chickasaw Asst


Chilton County Tai Morrison Marvin Morton Chilton Co DC


Cleveland Gardner Gilliland Will Glaze Central Phenix City asst


Colbert County Brett Mask Scotty Hannah Centerville (Tn) Asst


Cold Springs Justin Cornelius Brendan Voce Cold Springs Asst


Columbia Nicholas Wells Josh LouAllen Austin Asst


Crossville Josh Taylor Riley Edwards Crossville Asst


DAR Hunter Holland Brian Largen DAR Asst


Decatur Heritage Steve Meek Nakita Stover Decatur Heritage MS


Deshler Randall Martin Patrick Malone Brooks DC


Donoho Mark Sanders Jeremy Satcher Oxford Asst


Dothan Smitty Grider Jed Kennedy Enterprise DC


East Limestone Jeff Pugh Clint Woodfin James Clemens OC


Elkmont Michael Pendergast Chris Bunio Chelsea Asst


Elmore County Jordan Cantrell Kyle Caldwell Chelsea OC


Enterprise Rick Darlington Ben Blackmon Spanish Fort HC


Escambia County Scott Mason Vincent Harris T.R. Miller Asst


Etowah Ryan Locke Matt Glover Clay Chalkville DC


Eufaula Ed Rigby Jerrel Jernigan Eufaula Asst


Fairfield Keon Handley Shepherd Skanes Miles College Asst


Fayette County Waldon Tucker Jared Porter Fayette OC


Florala Chris Littleton Jordan Cantrell Elmore County HC


Florence Wade Waldrep Kenny Morson Fayetteville (Tn) HC


Francis Marion James Johnson Termaine Todd Russell Co Asst


Fruitdale Johnny Carpenter


Geneva Co Jim Bob Striplin Josh Thompson Geneva Co Asst


Glencoe Brian Alred Scott Martin Ohatchee HC


Gordo Ryan Lolley Gus Smith Jackson Asst


Greenville Josh McLendon Patrick Browning Pike Road HC


Hale County Luke Laird Ryan Locke Etowah HC


Haleyville Chris Musso Bo Culver Hamilton Asst


Hazel Green Joel Schrenk Charlie Wilburn Bob Jones Asst


Headland Rodney Dollar Reginald Melton Headland OC


Hoover Josh Niblett Wade Waldrop Florence HC


Houston County Chip Harris Jake Allen Slocomb Asst


Huffman Bill Smith Marlon Bush Huffman DC


Jackson Olin Tim Vakakes Jamaal Bess Fairhope Asst


J.B. Pennington Todd Cassity Caleb Miles Pennington Asst


Lee Montgomery Eric Hudson Dre'Quay Everett Lee OC


LeFlore Shon Burney Renardo Jackson Vigor DC


Marengo Eberne Myrthil Katrell Watters Marengo Asst


Mary Montgomery Stan McCain Zach Golson Daphne OC


McKenzie Drew Luker Ezell Powell Thomasville Asst


Monroe County Quincy Robinson Shannon Felder Talladega HC


Moody Adam Wallace Jake Ganus Thompson Co DC


Mortimer Jordan Stuart Floyd Dustan Goode Mortimer Jordan Asst


Murphy Rico Jackson John McKenzie Vigor HC


New Hope Trey Sullivan Tyler Johnson James Clemons Asst


Northridge Mike Vickery Ryan Lolley Gordo HC


Northside Chris Hilliker Robbie Jones Northside Asst


Oak Grove Zac Glaze Chris Musso Haleyville HC


Ohatchee Scott Martin Chris Findley Ohatchee Asst


Orange Beach Chase Smith Jamey Dubose Lowndes (Ga) HC


Park Crossing L.C. Cole Ty Lockett Grayson Ga DC


Pelham Tom Causey Mike Vickery Northridge HC


Pell City Wayne Lee Steve Mask St. Pauls HC


Pike County Fred Holland Mark Hurt Lowndes Co (Ga) DC


Pike Liberal Rush Hixson Travis Baxley Pike Road DC


Pike Road Patrick Browning Ed Rigby Eufaula HC


Pinson Valley Sam Shade Lee Guess Pinson OC


Plainview Nick Ledbetter Dale Pruitt Marion Co (Tn) HC


Pleasant Home Jeremy Silcox Cody Sellars Pleasant Home Asst


R.C. Hatch Jammie Abraham Cyontai Lewis Phenix City Prep Asst


Sardis Gene Hill Chris Stephenson Citrus (Fl) Asst


Satsuma Ray Nelson Rodney Jordan Eufaula Asst


Sheffield Harold Wisdom Brian Dickerson Prattville OC


Sidney Lanier Marvin Cunningham Derone Fagan Carver B'Ham HC


Sipsey Valley Scott Marchant Joey Milligan Sipsey Valley Asst


Slocomb Richard Tisdale Bryant Garrison Gwinnett (Ga) DC


Spain Park Shawn Rainey Tim Vakakes Jackson Olin HC


Spanish Fort Ben Blackmon Chase Smith Orange Beach HC


St. John Pauls II Joe Ross Michael Harper Lynn Asst


St. Pauls Steve Mask Ham Barnett St. Pauls DC


Susan Moore Heath Lauderdale Stephen Jackson Lanett Asst


Talladega Shannon Felder Bill Smith Huffman HC


Talladega Co Central Chris Mahand Acardia Garrett Talladega Central Asst


Tarrant Jesse Reed Rico Jackson Murphy HC


Tharptown Kevin Lacey Jacob Hamilton Carbon Hill Asst


Thomasville Greg Cager Clint Anderson T'Ville Asst


Vestavia Sean Calhoun Robert Evans Mtn. Brook DC


Vigor John McKenzie Markus Cook Vigor Asst


W.S. Neal Brandon Wilcox Hugh Fountain Escambia Aca HC


Washington Co. Ed Brown Johnny Carpenter Fruitdale HC


Waterloo Michael Williams Jeremiah Stricklin Waterloo DC


West Blocton Eric Hiott Dre'Mail King Greensboro HC


Wetumpka Tim Perry Bear Woods CFL Player


Williamson Melvin Pete, Jr Antonio Coleman Williamson DC


Woodland Blair Armstrong Joel Schrenk Hazel Green HC


Zion Chapel Randy Bryant Cody Keene Jr. Russell Co OC