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Rials named Baldwin Co. head coach

Bay Minette, AL – The Baldwin County Tigers have landed their next head football coach.

Just over a month after parting ways with former coach Nathan McDaniel, the 6A program named Luverne Tigers head coach Scott Rials the Tigers 36th leader on the gridiron.

Rials takes over a Baldwin County program that has managed only one winning season in the past 14 seasons with one trip to the postseason since 2007.

The South Montgomery County Academy graduate began his coaching career at his alma mater, spending 10 seasons as an assistant before being named the Raiders head coach in 1998. During six seasons in Grady he lead SMCA to a 45-23 record including four trips the AISA playoffs and a region title in 2000.

After six seasons, he moved 50 miles south to take over the Elba Tigers, guiding the 2A program to a 70-35 mark including eight postseason appearances, three region crowns and an AHSAA state title in 2011.

Rials left Elba after nine seasons, as the Tiger’s second winningest head coach, to take the reigns of the Satsuma Gators program. He guided the Gators to a 9-11 record over two seasons before accepting the Luverne Tigers head coaching gig in 2015.

During five seasons in Crenshaw County he lead the Tigers to a 47-15 record, 26-7 in region play, including a region title, five consecutive playoff appearances and a trip to the AHSAA Super 7 in 2018.

The Auburn University-Montgomery graduate’s coaching record currently stands at 171-84 with 17 playoff births, five region crowns a pair of Super 7 appearances and an AHSAA state championship.

Rials after falling to Fyffe in the 2018 2A title game. Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Baldwin County will be joined in 6A Region 1 by traditional powers Blount, Saraland and Spanish Fort, former 7A championship contender McGill-Toolen and local rivals Citronelle, Gulf Shores and Robertsdale.  

Rials is scheduled to lead the Tigers onto Simmons Field for the first time August 21st against 7A Mary Montgomery.