Collinsville head coach Daniel Garrett has resigned to take the head job at Rogers High School. Garrett is a graduate of Rogers. He spent one season as head coach at Collinsville, going 6-4.
“It’s still not really hit me,” Garrett told WHNT 19. “You know like I woke up this morning and I’m like man I’m the head coach at Rogers High School. You know last night we got up here to meet with the coaches and we kind of walked out and looked at the game field and I walked out there and memories just start flooding into your mind about last time I was up here and this stuff and it’s just a surreal moment,” said Garrett. “This is a happy story for me in my life but I hope that the community understands that I’m here for them I’m here for these kids, I want to help these kids turn into elite young men.” Rogers was 2-8 last season playing in Class 4A Region 8.
It didn't take Collinsville long to find a new coach in an old coach. The Panthers hired Ernie Willingham to coach their team for the third time. Willingham, a graduate of Collinsville, was head coach for 5 seasons from 1998-2002. He left to coach at Appalachian after the 2002 season, but returned to coach Collinsville again in 2013. He was head man for the Panthers through the 2019 season. His last 2 seasons the Panthers went 10-2in 2018 and 12-2 in 2019, with both losses at the hands of Fyffe.
“This late in the summer, finding a new football coach is a definite challenge. Our goal was to identify the best head coach possible for the moment we find ourselves in and we are very fortunate to have someone with experience like Coach Willingham in our community willing to serve,” stated Collinsville Principal Bradley Crawford.
Greensboro is coach shopping after Lenoise Richey resigned to take a science and possible assistant football job at Hillcrest in Tuscaloosa. He was offensive coordinator at Greensboro last year, but worked as head coach this summer after Dremail King resigned in May. "Coach King left in May and I didn’t want the kids to be left this summer without a coach so we could go to the 7 on 7 camps, ” said Richey. Richey resides in Tuscaloosa and he said the opportunity was just a better situation for his family
The season opener for Greensboro is at Bibb County on August 20th.