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Auburn adds Opelika’s Blackmon to coaching staff

John Davis | PrepsNet

Auburn, AL – After eight seasons as the head coach of the Opelika Bulldogs Brian Blackmon is joining Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn.

Blackmon will reportedly serve as an offensive annalist for the Tigers.

During his eight year tenure as Opelika head football coach and athletic director he lead the Bulldogs to a combined 69-25 record including three 6A region 3 titles and the program’s only two state championship appearances.

Blackmon’s Bulldogs have gone unbeaten in region play since falling to rival Auburn High School in October 2013.

The Montgomery native previously served as Opelika’s offensive coordinator for 13 seasons under Hall of Fame head coach Spence McCracken.  During his time as an assistant, he helped lead the Bulldogs to a 126-30 record and seven region championships.

Blackmon will leave Opelika as the program’s third winningest coach in the Bulldogs 99 year history.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, who spent the majority of his career as a high school coach in Arkansas, has made a practice of hiring successful head coaches from the prep ranks during his tenure on the plains.

Blackmon will join current Auburn offensive coordinator and former Spain Park Jaguars head coach Chip Lindsey, former Carver-Columbus (GA) head coach Dell McGee and Bobby Bentley, formerly the head coach at South Carolina powerhouse Byrnes High School as coaches who jumped from the prep ranks to join the Tigers coaching staff.

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