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Auburn’s Adam Winegarden named Tuscaloosa County head football coach

Mark Almond | AHSAA

Auburn, AL – Auburn High School head coach Adam Winegarden is heading back to Tuscaloosa.  The former Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa head coach was officially named The Tuscaloosa County Wildcats’ 24th head football coach Monday night.  

Winegarden replaces former Wildcats head coach Jay Todd, who posted a 5-15 record, 2-12 in region play, during two seasons at the helm of the Tuscaloosa County program.   He will be the Wildcat’s fifth head coach since 2015.  

The Wildcats, who are currently on a five year postseason drought, are coming off a 3-7 campaign in 2020.  

During his six year stint at Auburn, Winegarden lead the Tigers to a 56-19 record including a 27-9 mark in region play, six trips to the postseason, a region title, a pair of semifinal appearances and a state title game appearance.  

Winegarden’s tenure in Auburn was capped by a 2020 Super 7 appearance that saw the Tigers come up seconds short of upsetting reigning state champion Thompson.  Auburn posted a 12-2 record in Wingarden’s final season which included a region title an a pair of wins over traditional power Central-Phenix City and arch rival Opelika.   The Tigers’ state championship game appearance was the program’s first since 2013.  

Prior to accepting the top job at Auburn in 2015, He served as the head coach at Fairhope for three seasons (2012-2014), Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa for two years (2010-2011) and Georgia’s Dalton High for two seasons (2008-2009).  Winegarden’s career head coaching record currently stands at 119-37.  His teams have advanced to the postseason in 12 of his 13 seasons as a head coach.   Five of his squads have posted seasons with double-digit wins and he has claimed at least one region title at each of his in-state coaching stops.  

Winegarden grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and played quarterback at the University of Chattanooga.