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Matt Blake returns to Gulf Shores as Head Coach

Gulf Shores, AL – The Gulf Shores Dolphins have their third head coach in the past year.  

When the Dolphins hit the gridiron in just over a month they will be lead by a familiar face in former GSHS assistant Matt Blake.  

Blake served as an offensive assistant on former Dolphins head coach Ben Blackmon’s staff from 2011-2014.  He helped lead Gulf Shores to a 21-20 record over four seasons before following Blackmon to Baldwin County rival Spanish Fort.  

The Montgomery native and University of Alabama alumni currently holds two state championship rings, one from his time as an assistant at Robert E. Lee and the other from Spanish Fort’s 2015 undefeated title run.  

In addition to his time on legendary head coach Spence McCracken’s staff at Lee-Montgomery, Blake spent a year as the the head coach of the the Monroe County Tigers (2-8) and had stints as an assistant at Prattville, Hillcrest-Evergeen, Gulf Shores and Spanish Fort.  

He has also held assistant coaching positions in Florida and Georgia.  

Blake will look to turn around a Dolphins squad that has seen it’s share of turnover since he departed Gulf Shores in 2014.   

The last head coach to lead Gulf Shores on the gridiron, Jamie Williams, was dismissed in November following a winless campaign in 2016.  He lead the Dolphins to a 1-19 record during his two seasons on the coast.  

After parting ways with Williams Gulf Shores turned to Murphy Panthers head coach Rick Cauley.  After leading the Dolphin program for seven months Cauley stepped down, without coaching a game, to accept an assistant coaching position at his alma mater, Satsuma High.   

Blake’s Dauphins will travel to Birmingham to open the season at 7A Mountain Brook on August 25th.  

His team will debut at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium September 1st against 6A Region 1 foe Baldwin County.  

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2017 Coaching Changes 

SchoolFormer CoachNew Coach
AlicevilleRico JacksonMelvin Pete
Alma BryantBruce BrelandDoug Hoehn
AshvilleSteve MartinTrey Pike
Autauga AcademyKyle GloverBobby Carr
BerryDanny RainesCaleb Hynds
BeulahJarrod WootenCody Flournoy
Bessemer CityMartez EdwardsQuintin Jackson
Brindlee Mtn.Matt SelfKeith Garner
BoazEric WhaleyJeremy Sullivan
BuckhornJohn HolladayKeith Henderson
CalhounBill LamarErvin Starr
Chilton CountyBrian BradfordTal Morrison
Carver-MontgomeryBilly GreshamWillie Spears
Clarke Co.Junior KelleyStacey Luker
Clay-ChalkvilleJerry HoodDrew Gilmer
Colbert Co.Dale JeffreysBrett Mask
ColumbiaChris HancockMarcus McCall
Coosa Valley AcademySteve McCordDane Reese
DARBobby RhodesJoel Pool
DalevilleJosh ParrishRob Armstrong
Dallas Co.Marty SmithClifford Matthews
DemopolisStacey LukerBrian Seymore
DeshlerMike HandBo Culver
DonohoAndy McWilliamsMark Sanders
DoraMike CainBart Lockhart
DouglasBrad PoundsBryan Jennings
ElkmontSean HoltDuane Wales
Escambia CountyRoyce YoungRico Jackson
FairfieldL.C. ColeKeon Handley
Faith AcademyLance LawleyJeff Estes
FloralaBrad RhodesScott Mason
FruitdaleRyan LittleMike Davis
Gadsden CityMatt ScottBart Sessions
GrissomEddie StewartChip English
Gulf ShoresJamie WilliamsMatt Blake
HaleyvilleBo CulverTodd McNutt
HeadlandScott GlennDanny Raines
Highand HomeGregg BakerPhillip Coggins
HoltvilleHunter AdamsJason Franklin
Holy SpiritJamie GriffinMark Cochran
Hooper AcademyChad MichaelDuane McWhorter
Horseshoe BendJason FranklinJosh Averett
HuntsvilleClint WoodfinMark Fleetwood
Kingwood ChristianSheldon WardTodd Bradford
KinstonJohnny MitchellJon Cooper
LakesidePhil AndersonJimmy King
Lamar Co.James MooreRobbie Bradford
LincolnBrad WallaceMatt Zedaker
LindenAndro WilliamsDemtrice Jackson
Loachapoka Jerome TateAntonio Richards
Marengo AcademyWebb TuttLebo Jones
Mary MontgomeryBrian SeymoreChris Wilson
McGill-ToolenCaleb RossEarnest Hill
MeekLance ArcherDavid Norwood
MinorGeorge BatesCurtis Graves
MurphyRick CauleyMuskingum Barnes
New HopeRandall TaylorKenny Chadwick
NorthsideDarrin HughesChris Hilliker
Northside MethodistDustin HarrisonGeorge Kennedy
NorthviewLaBrian StewartJosh Parrish
OneontaDon JacobsBrandon Herring
OpelikaBrian BlackmonCaleb Ross
Pinson ValleyMatt GloverPatrick Nix
Pleasant HomeChris MasonRichard Mercer
R.A. HubbardNicholas VinsonMac Hampton
Red LevelJames WiseKenny Skipper
ScottsboroPatrick NixDon Jacobs
SectionDrew DavisLuke Powell
SelmaKeon HandleyChristopher Raymond
SparkmanChris CagleLaron White
Stanhope ElmoreMike DeanBrian Bradford
St John Paul IIJohn MunfordDavid Lloyd
StraughnChris WilsonJohn Higgins
St. Clair Co.Lance SmithMatt Glover
Sumiton ChristianBart LockhartMike McCarty
Susan MooreKen AdamsHeath Lauderdale
TalladegaRobert Herring Jr.Ted Darby
TannerLaron WhiteMaurice Belser
ThorsbyBilly JacksonDaryl Davis
Trinity PresbyterianRandy RagsdaleBarry Loyal
Tuscaloosa Co.Bart SessionsJohn Holladay
Victory ChristianMark SandersMark Holliday
VinemontMatt NorrisStephen Robinson
Washington Co.Al EarnestDevin Roberts
WoodlawnCornelius TurnerGeorge Bates
W.S. NealDoug HoehnAndro Williams
Zion ChapelBubba NallRandy Bryant