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March 8, 2012By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
FORMER PRATTVILLE PLAYER NAMED ATHELTICS DIRECTOR AND HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
The Autauga County Board of Education recently selected a “new sheriff” for Prattville High School’s Athletic Department. With the departure of former Lion Athletics Director and head football Coach Jamey DuBose to Florence High School in North Alabama the Board formed a search committee which was headed by Superintendent of Education Greg Faulkner, and Prattville High School Principal Richard Dennis to search for a replacement. The position was posted according to the guidelines of the Alabama State Department of Education.
After the two week period of time the selection committee sorted thru the 60 plus applicants and began interviews.
While the Yardbirds that follow the football program tossed out many names of very prominent coaches, most of the school’s supporters that were close to the program felt that there was only one person that could come into the very successful program and continue to compete in the highly competitive Class 6A programs of the state.
The name of Chad Anderson kept rising to the top in the talks around water coolers and at McDonalds.
After all, Anderson was a native son and certainly had paid his dues with 12 years of experience following his graduation from the University of Alabama in 1999. On February 17, 2012 Anderson was officially named to the position.
Anderson will step into a program that has been synonymous with winning football, big time, in the state of Alabama since Bill Clark departed Hoover High School and took over the program in the fall of 1999.
During those 13 seasons following Clark’s hire Prattville High School has won four class 6A State titles, and played for two others. The football team has posted 153 victories, while dropping only 21 games.
In post season play the Lions have a 38-8 record since 1999.
The school has been featured on national TV, and countless number of web sites (Max Preps, ESPN, USA Today, and National Prep Poll, as well as the football recruiting sites Scout.com and Rivals.com) are familiar with the program placing it in high school football programs that are ranked nationwide.
Prattville has played in the highly prestigious Kirk Herbstriet Classic hosted at the Cincinnati Bengals' Stadium in Cincinnati taking on Ohio state champion and perennial high school national powerhouse, St. Xavier High.
The Lions played host to New Jersey state champions Don Bosco Prep school in 2009. Don Bosco has won the New Jersey state championship 14 times. Don Bosco defeated Prattville, 35-24, and finished the season undefeated to win the National Prep Championship declared by USA Today. The Ironmen would win the same title again in the fall of 2011.
Prattville also played host to Brentwood Academy, the Tennessee Secondary School state champions, in 2008. Prattville also played Georgia’s North Gwinnett High School twice, winning one and losing one. The Bulldogs have been ranked in the top ten large school classification of Georgia for the past several seasons.
Last football season, Prattville opened with St. Thomas Acquinas of Fort Lauderdale in a nationally television game on ESPN. St. Thomas at the time was the defending state large school champions of Florida. In 2010 the Lions traveled to Miami and played Miami’s Central High School. Central defeated Prattville, 49-28, and went undefeated and later the Rockets won the large school state championship. The 28 points scored on Miami Central was the most scored against the Rockets that year.
“I know what the expectations are here at Prattville,” Anderson said Thursday morning, March 8 at his office at the high shool. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why I came home,”
“It wasn’t because of the money, this is my home. It is the relationships that I have with so many people in this community. It has been an easy transition. I understand the people expect Prattville football to win. I expect to win, as well. That’s true at any high school program, but probably more so at a school like Prattville that has had so much success recently.”
“I know so many people here in Prattville, they are my neighbors, and friends, and they are fans, and supporters of the school, which should make it easier. We don’t have a ton of money floating around, so the people have to help with the program financially, and by volunteering in many ways. There are so many folks here, who want to serve and support this program,
“It was easy to come home this is a special place.”
The 36 year old native of Prattville grew up in Prattville, and attended the local public schools. He is the son of Don and Mariette Anderson of Prattville. He has one brother, Brian, who also played athletics at Prattville High School, and later went into coaching. He is current the head football coach at East Central Mississippi Community College in Decatur, Mississippi.
Anderson graduated from Prattville High school in 1994. He played the three major sports football, basketball and baseball. He played for three football coaches, Bobby Wasden, Eddie Gibbs, and Ronnie Peacock.
After high school he worked for a short period of time at UPS while attending AUM. He transferred to The University of Alabama and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education K-12 in 1999. He has since earned his Master’s Degree from Alabama State University in 2008.
Anderson has been married for 11 years to Meagan Howell Anderson, also a Prattville native. They are the proud parents of three year old Anna Bell. The couple is expecting another child very shortly. They elected not to learn the sex of the child until its birth.
Anderson began his coaching experience in Clanton at Adair Junior High School. He left after one year to join the staff of Bill Clark at Prattville. He coached the freshman team, serving as offensive coordinator and coaching the offensive line.
Anderson also was in charge of the strength program and workouts for the varsity players. On game day he handled the head sets relaying messages to the coaching staff.
He also coached the varsity tennis teams.
When Kyle Glover left Prattville’s program in 2001 to accept the position at Wetumpka High School, Glover gave Anderson a call and hired him to become the offensive coordinator, strength coach, and speed coach.
Glover left Wetumpka after three seasons to take a similar position at Marbury High School, and Anderson was elevated to the head coaching and athletics director position at Wetumpka.
Anderson has a career record at Wetumpka of 54-34, which includes two years as a class 5A school. His Wetumpka teams made the playoffs six times out of the eight years as coach.
His best season at Wetumpka was in 2010 and 2007 when the Indians went 10-2, advancing to the third round of the state playoffs in 2010 and the second round in 2007.
During his eight seasons at Wetumpka his teams defeated their arch rivals from Stanhope Elmore five times out of eight. The four game winning streak from 2006-2009 is the longest win streak for any Wetumpka team over the Mustangs.
Anderson’s 2009 team defeated Prattville twice, once during the regular season and again in the second round of the class 6A playoffs. The regular season win was the first win for a Wetumpka team over Prattville since 1974, although the two schools played only twice during that period of time. His record against Prattille was 2-5.
Anderson will serve as the quarterback coach as well as coaching the offensive line. A defensive and offensive coordinator has not been named waiting on the status of the current staff.
He has offered positions to several coaches of the current staff. There is no deadline for the acceptance, but he expects answers in 2-3 weeks. Depending on the current staff, he will have the ability to add new coaches.
The number will be determined according to how many units that will be available as to what subject the coaches can teach.
Anderson likes to spread the field on offense. “Our offensive philosophy will be very similar to what coach DuBose ran. It will have some slight difference. Some of the terminology will change, and the players and coaches will have to get use to my terminology. Some of the schemes, such as the usage of wide outs and blocking schemes will have a difference look. I like to use a 60-40 ratio of run to passing, but again it depends on the situation,
“Defensively, for some time I have used a 3-4. I want to put the pressure on the quarterback. Depending on what the opponents’ offense is running, we will use stunts and try to disorient their offense. Our offensive line next fall will be smaller than normal so we will try to out-quick them with our personnel.”
Anderson has a tenth game scheduled for the Lions this fall when Northview High will come to Prattville. He is actively seeking a game five and has talks with Phenix City’s Central High, as well as a school in Tennessee.
Prattville’s new alignment will present a much tougher schedule and challenges moving into a region with five Birmingham area schools. Wetumpka and Stanhope Elmore remains on Prattville's 2012 schedule as the only holdovers from the previous Region Four.
Spring football practice will begin April 30. Prattville will travel to Mobile to play Davidson High School in a spring jamboree game on May 18 with a 7 p.m. kickoff.