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Albertville names new head football coach

Albertville, AL – The Albertville Aggies didn’t look far to find their next leader on the gridiron. The Aggies officially named longtime assistant Cliff Mitchell the program’s 39 head football coach Tuesday night.

Mitchell, the son of former Douglas head coach Rex Mitchell, began his coaching career as a full-time assistant at Albertville in 2004 after serving for one season as a student assistant. During his 15 year tenure as an Aggies assistant he has served under head coaches Sam Graham, Tommy Tharp, Joel Pool and Dale Pruitt.

Mitchell and his family after being named Albertville’s 39th head football coach. Courtesy of Albertville High School

The Douglas High and Jacksonville State alumni will likely add at least one assistant to his Aggies staff during the off season with the retirement of offensive coordinator Jimmy Patterson. Assistants Brandon Lyles, Will Scott, Randy Dupree, Jason Smith, Whit Ratlif, Will Richard and David Bowman are expected to return to the Aggie sidelines in the fall.

Mitchell takes over for former Aggies coach Dale Pruitt who resigned in early May to accept the same position at Georgia’s Dade County High School. Pruitt lead Albertville to a 27-17 record, including three postseason appearances over four seasons.

The Aggies travel to Huntsville’s Milton Frank Stadium to take on the Columbia Eagles to kick off 2019 before stepping into region play September 6th against the Fort Payne Wildcats at McCord Field.