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Mikel Riggs named West Morgan head football coach

Tyler Cox | Leeds Digital Media

Trinity, AL – The West Morgan Rebels have landed their next leader on the the gridiron.  The Morgan County Board of Education officially named Leeds offensive coordinator Mikel Riggs the program’s 17th head coach Thursday. 

This will be Riggs first head coaching gig.  Prior to joining Lee Gibson’s Leeds Green Wave staff, the Brewton native served as an assistant for the Foley Lions before joining his father, coaching legend Jamie Riggs, staff at T.R. Miller.  

After his retirement from T.R. Miller, following the 2015 season, the elder Riggs served as a volunteer assistant with his son at Leeds before stepping back into the head coaching ranks earlier this spring at Dothan’s Houston Academy.  He is currently the third winningest head coach in Alabama high school football history with 305 victories.  

Riggs takes over for former West Morgan head coach John Ritter who lead the Rebels to a 17-16 record including a pair of postseason births and a region title in three seasons.  Ritter flipped the north Alabama program from 0-10 in his first season to 10-2 in 2017 before stepping down, in March, to take the reigns of the Russellville Golden Tigers football program.  

The Auburn graduate will lead the Rebels onto the field for the first time August 24th at Ardmore High School’s Cooper Field.  

2018 Coaching Changes

SchoolFormer CoachNew Coach
AlexandriaFrank TuckerTodd Ginn
AnnistonEddie BullockRico White
AppalachianZach JonesRobert Beard
ArabAdam GilbertOscar Glasscock
ArdmoreAndrew SmithP.J. Wright
AshfordMich SellersChris Littleton
Benjamin RussellDanny HornKevin Smith
Bessemer CityQuintin JacksonDarone Fagan
B.B. ComerMike BattlesAdam Fossett
B.C. RainTellis StoneRick Cauley
Carver-MontgomeryWillie SpearsOpen
Center PointShawn GregoryGeorge Bates
ChelseaChris ElmoreDustin Goodwin
ChickasawJohn BeverlyJason Rowell
Central-Clay Co.Kris HerronDanny Horn
ClementsCody McCainMichael Parker
Cottage Hill ChristianDavid PeoplesChris Brazell
CornerZac WillisJohn Clements
CullmanMark BrittonMatt Plunkett
Dale Co.Pete HarrisonDon Moore
DanvilleJosh LouAllenShannon McGregory
DothanKevin JacksonWayne White
East LawrenceJarrod HelmsMatthew Pettus
ElbaEd RigbyPete Harrison
Ellwood ChristianMike StokesOpen
Elmore Co.Norman DeanJordan Cantrell
EufaulaBryan MooreEd Rigby
ExcelJason WamblesOpen
Faith AcademyJeff EstesJack French
FlorenceJ.B. WallaceWill Hester
Fort PaynePaul EllisChris Elmore
FultondaleRichie BusbyDon Dover
GardendaleMatt PlunkettChad Eads
GlencoeRusty DavisBrian Alred
HancevilleCraig FaniganCody McCain
Hazel GreenWill WagnonSmitty Grider
HelenaWatt ParkerRichie Busby
Houston AcademyJimmy AddisonJamie Riggs
JasperHeath BrunnerBryan Moore
Lakeside SchoolJimmy KingDan Klages
Mary MontgomeryChris WilsonStan McCain
MinorCurtis GravesAdrian Abrams
MoodyJay BrownAdam Wallace
New HopeKenny ChadwickBart Stephenson
OneontaBrandon HerringPhil Phillips
OpelikaCaleb RossErik Speakman
Park CrossingSmitty GriderAngelo Wheeler
Pell CityKeith EtheredgeWayne Lee
Pickens Co.Ryan SwinneyOpen
Phil CampbellRyan SwinneyKevin Barnwell
PisgahAnthony JacksLuke Pruitt
PlainviewDustin GoodwinOpen
Pleasant GroveJim ElginOpen
PrattvilleChad AndersonCaleb Ross
PricevilleDirk StrunkJason Simmons
RaglandBrian AlredDerrick Sewell
RandolphNick FlanaganBlake Killen
RobertsdaleBrian CampbellChase Smith
RogersRandall MartinOpen
RussellvilleMark HeatonMark Ritter
SamsonChris LittletonJason Wambles
SatsumaJustin ThomasRay Nelson
Shoals ChristianPatrick MaloneNick Flanagan
Smiths StationAdam FossettMike Glisson
SoutheasternMichael BurkettKevin Byrd
TannerMaurice BelserOscar Bonds
T.R. MillerAndrew ThomasKeith Etheredge
WadleyKen FordhamOpen
West LimestoneJordan CantrellShelby Davis
West MorganJohn RitterMikel Riggs
Winston Co.Bart Stephenson Mark Mitchell
WoodlawnGeorge BatesOpen
VincentWiley McKellarLucas Weatherford