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Pinson’s Patrick Nix to become Central-Phenix City head coach

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Phenix City, AL – Pinson Valley head coach Patrick Nix will be the next head coach of the 7A powerhouse Central-Phenix City Red Devils.

PrepsNet confirmed early Tuesday morning that the former Auburn standout made the decision to accept the Red Devils position. The hire was first reported by the Opelika-Auburn News.

In addition to a stepping into the state’s largest classification, the move with put Nix closer to his son Bo who will be kicking off his sophomore with the Auburn Tiger’s in 2020.

Nix during Pinson’s 2018 Super 7 victory over Saraland at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Nix will take the reigns of the Red Devil program from Jamey DuBose who announced his retirement from Central last week and accepted the head coaching position at South Georgia power Lowndes County. During DuBose’s six seasons in Phenix City he lead the Devils to a 66-11 mark including six region crowns, three trips to the 7A semi-finals, a pair of Super 7 appearances and a state championship in 2018.

Since stepping on the high school sidelines in 2013, Nix has complied a 66-22 mark over 7 seven seasons. He compiled a 28-19 record over four seasons at Scottsboro, leading the Wildcats to four consecutive playoff births and a 12-1 mark, including a region title and trip to the 5A quarterfinals in his final season in Jackson County.

In his years at Pinson Valley he has lead the Indians to a 38-4 record with a pair of region titles, two 6A championships, and a 17-1 mark in region play. The Indians closed out 2019 at 10-3 capped by a 31-28 semifinal loss to eventual state champion Oxford.

Before returning to Alabama and entering the high school ranks the Attalla native spent the majority of his coaching career at the college level spending time as an assistant at Jacksonville State and Samford before serving as an offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech, Miami and Charleston Southern. He served as the head coach at Arakansas’ Henderson State for a two seasons early in his coaching career.

After starring on the prep gridiron at Etowah High Nix started for two seasons a Auburn, putting up 4,957 yards through the air during his career with the Tigers.