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Rodney Bivens Jr. steps down as Central-Tuscaloosa head football coach

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Tuscaloosa, AL – Rodney Bivens Jr. is stepping aside after three seasons at his alma mater.  The former Central and UAB quarterback lead the Falcons to a combined 8-22 record over three seasons.  

“Thank you to the Tuscaloosa City Schools and Central High School for allowing me the opportunity to serve my alma mater and community in the capacity of head football coach. However, I have decided to step down as the head football coach at this time. Throughout my three years as the head football coach of Central High School, I have enjoyed the many lives that my family has impacted. I am grateful to have been selected to lead our future generation both on and off the field of competition.”  Bivens wrote on social media. “As a graduate of the Tuscaloosa City Schools and Central High School, I have tremendous pride and love for my alma mater. It has always been my intention to help advance my alma mater’s football program, bring positive awareness to the school, and be a great representative of the school system.”
Bivens’ squads posted back-to-back 3-7 records in his first two seasons.  After making the jump from Class 5A to 6A his final Falcons squad closed out 2022 at 2-8 with region wins over Paul Bryant and Bessemer City. 
 

Before being elevated to the Falcons head coaching position prior to the 2020 season, Bivens served as Central’s offensive coordinator.  He spent time as the OC at Hewitt-Trussville and Gardendale before returning to Tuscaloosa.  Bivens’ father was the former head coach at Miles College and Anniston High School.  He lead the Bulldogs to their last AHSAA state title in 1994.