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Busby named Helena Huskies head football coach

Helena, AL – The Shelby County School Board officially named Fultondale’s Richie Busby Helena High School’s second head football coach Thursday afternoon. 

“We are thrilled to have coach Busby join the Husky family.  He is a tremendous coach who brings the football experience, as well as the knowledge of building a successful program that we are looking for.  After a thorough selection process, it became clear that Coach Busby was the right choice for Helena High School.  We are excited to have him and excited about the future of Helena football.” Helena High Principal April Brand said in a statement released after Busby’s hiring.  

The University of Montevallo graduate replaces Watt Parker who has lead the Huskies program since it’s inception in 2014.  Parker posted an 18-25 record over four seasons, highlighted by a program best 9-3 record in 2015. 

The Huskies, who reached the playoffs in each of their first two seasons, are currently riding a three year postseason drought.  

Busby leaves Fultondale as one of the most successful head coaches in program history.  He lead the Wildcats to a 40-17 record including five consecutive postseason appearances and the school’s first undefeated regular season during his five year stint in North Jefferson County.  His 2017 squad set school records for points scored (527) and wins in a season (11).  

He spent two years at Bessemer Academy before joining the Fultondale High faculty in 2000.

Busby’s Fultondale squad ended 2017 as the number 4 ranked team in class 3A.  The Cats fell in the second round of the AHSAA playoffs to eventual state runner-up Randolph County.   He Huskies are coming off their most disappointing finish in their four year history, closing out 2017 at 1-9.  

2018 Coaching Changes

SchoolFormer CoachNew Coach
ArdmoreAndrew SmithP.J. Wright
Benjamin RussellDanny HornOpen
Bessemer CityQuintin JacksonOpen
ChickasawJohn BeverlyJason Rowell
Central-Clay Co.Kris HerronDanny Horn
Cottage Hill ChristianDavid PeoplesOpen
CornerZac WillisJohn Clements
CullmanMark BrittonMatt Plunkett
DanvilleJosh LouAllenShannon McGregory
DothanKevin JacksonOpen
East LawrenceJarrod HelmsMatthew Pettus
ElbaEd RigbyOpen
Ellwood ChristianMike StokesOpen
Elmore Co.Norman DeanJordan Cantrell
EufaulaBryan MooreEd Rigby
Faith AcademyJeff EstesJack French
FlorenceJ.B. WallaceWill Hester
FultondaleRichie BusbyOpen
GardendaleMatt PlunkettChad Eads
GlencoeRusty DavisBrian Alred
HelenaWatt ParkerRichie Busby
Houston AcademyJimmy AddisonJamie Riggs
JasperHeath BrunnerBryan Moore
Lakeside SchoolJimmy KingDan Klages
Mary MontgomeryChris WilsonStan McCain
MinorCurtis GravesAdrian Abrams
New HopeKenny ChadwickBart Stephenson
OneontaBrandon HerringPhil Phillips
OpelikaCaleb RossOpen
Pell CityKeith EtheredgeOpen
PrattvilleChad AndersonCaleb Ross
PricevilleDirk StrunkJason Simmons
RaglandBrian AlredDerrick Sewell
RobertsdaleBrian CampbellOpen
Smiths StationAdam FossettMike Glisson
T.R. MillerAndrew ThomasKeith Etheredge
West LimestoneJordan CantrellOpen
Winston Co.Bart Stephenson Mark Mitchell