JAMEY DUBOSE DEPARTS PRATTVILLE
February 2, 2012By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
LION COACH ACCEPTS HEAD FOOTBALL POSITION AT FLORENCE HIGH
James Harold DuBose called his football players together Friday Morning January 27 at the high school’s physical training building and told the team that he would be departing Prattville High School.
“It was the toughest thing I have ever had to do. I love these kids. It has been all about the kids in this program. There is so much about this school and the athletes at Prattville High, there are some wonderful young people here. This is a family, always has been and it hurts to leave,” DuBose said Monday morning at his office.
“The entire staff of this school has been wonderful to me and my family. As a football coach I have grown so much. I have learned more about football in the eight years here and about people than anywhere in my coaching career. I love Prattville and I love the people."
“Florence made me an offer I couldn’t refuse because of the financial benefits for my family and my retirement. I have never asked for a pay raise here in Prattville. I know the county and city, like everyone is going thru some tough times, financially,
“I wasn’t looking for a job, but when Florence High School called I had to listen. I initially turned them down. They call back, and again, and again. Finally the offer was one I simply couldn’t refuse."
Florence High School is a 6A school. It is only ten years of age. It came about when the city of Florence consolidated Coffee High School and Bradshaw High School to form Florence High.
The school has slightly fewer than 1,000 students in the three grades used for classification purposes, 960. Prattville has 1,516.
Jamey DuBose will leave a big void in the coaching staff at Prattville High School. Not just his coaching ability, but his leadership as well. This week is National Signing Day, and the seniors on this year’s state championship team will have 28 players to sign some form of athletic grant in aid scholarships.
Under DuBose the school has enjoyed national promience appearing on Naional Television as well as regional TV. The Lions have played against state champions from Ohio, two from Florida, New Jersey and Tennessee, as well as a Georgia team that advanced to the quarter-finals.
Former Prattville coach Bill Clark lured DuBose away from his head coaching position at Susan Moore High School in Blountsville during the summer of 2004 to take the position of offensive coordinator. At Susan Moore, a class 3A school, DuBose had a 2-year record of 10-11 and took the Bulldogs to one playoff falling in the first round to Dora, 14-7.
Prior to coming to Prattville DuBose had coached under some of the elite high school coaches in the state. He is a native of Opp and is first cousin to Mike DuBose former head coach of the University of Alabama.
At Opp he got his first taste of football under the legendary coach Jamie Riggs. He was an excellent high school baseball player and earned scholarship to Huntingdon College to play baseball. He remained at Huntingdon two years and then transferred to Troy University where he graduated in 1993.
He began his high school coaching career at Eufaula with stops at Opelika, Ashville, Alma Bryant, and Gadsden. DuBose has coached with Russ Probst, John Grass, Spence McCracken, and Joel Williams. These coaches that DuBose worked under and played under have combined for 878 wins.
As offensive coordinator at Prattville, the Lions won 55 and lost 4. The Lions won 2 state championships, runner up once. During this period of time the Lions had a 31 game winning streak.
DuBose became head coach in 2008 when Bill Clark departed for the University of South Alabama.
Prattville won two state championships under DuBose (2008, 2011) was runner-up once (2009) and advanced to the second round of the state class 6A playoffs in 2010. The Lions won three Region championships and was runner up once.
DuBose overall head coaching record is 55-22. His coaching record at Prattville High School is 45-11.
Since he has been head coach and athletic director at Prattville, the school thru the 2010-2011 school year, has had 84 students to receive some type of athletic scholarship.
Football 34 – 18 to division one programs
Swimming – 3
Basketball – 7
Soccer – 5
Lacrosse – 1
Softball – 11
Track and field - 4