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Dothan head football coach Smitty Grider announces retirement

Dothan, AL – Dothan High School head football coach Smitty Grider announced plans to retire after 17 years as a head coach Monday afternoon.  

Grider took over the newly formed Dothan Wolves program in 2019 after the consolidation of Northview and Dothan high schools.  During three seasons in the Wiregrass, the Montgomery native compelled a 14-16 record overall, including a Class 6A, Region 2 title and a trip to the postseason in 2019.  


Before taking over at Dothan, Grider spent one season at the helm of the Hazel Green Trojans, guiding the north Alabama school to a 4-17 mark and a spot in the playoffs.   Earlier in his career he served as the first head coach at Montgomery’s Park Crossing High School, serving as the school’s first head coach and guiding the Thunderbirds to a 38-9 record, three region crowns and a trip to the 2016 Class 6A semifinals.  

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Grider spent over half of his time as a head coach at Beauregard where he lead the Hornets to a 64-28 mark, seven trips to the postseason, and a region title over eight seasons.  He began his head coaching career with a one year stint at Central Coosa, posting a 5-5 record in 2005.  

The Jeff Davis High School alum’s career record currently stands at 125-65.