Assistant Coaches Fill Vacant Head Coaching Positions

January 25, 2018

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