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Talking a Look at the 2022 Coaching Carousel -Who are AHSAA Schools Hiring?

Former Georgiana coach Ezell Powell is the new coach at McKenzie High School after working as an assistant last season at Thomasville.

The wild 2022 AHSAA coaching carousel is finishing up as we approach the start of fall football practice in a few short weeks.

This year looks to set a record for the number of coaching changes. There have been 90 positions filled since the end of the season and there are presently 5 head coach openings. Overall, 24.6% of AHSAA school hired new coaches for the 2022 football season.

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 19% rate of turnover.

Of the 90 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 76 hires from within the state of Alabama, with 53 of those being assistant coaches last year and 23 working as head coaches.

There were 25 assistant coaches that were hired as head coach at the same school (26%).

Only 22 of the 95 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 10 hirings so far in 1A, nine 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.

Class 2A has had 10 hirings so far as well with nine assistant coaches winning those positions. However, only two 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.

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

Chelsea Dustin Goodwin Todd Cassity Pennington HC

Chickasaw Ryan Little

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

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

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

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

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


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