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Vestavia’s Buddy Anderson inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Chicago, IL – Vestavia Hills High School head football coach Buddy Anderson, the winningest coach in Alabama High School Athletic Association history, was inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame Monday night in Chicago.  

When Anderson’s Rebels take to the gridiron, on a field that bears his name, against the Homewood Patriots on August 31st he will be beginning his 41st season as the head coach at Vestavia.  

After serving as an assistant for the Rebels for six seasons, the Thomasville native was named the 6th head coach in program history prior to the 1978 season. 

Over his four decades as the head coach at VHHS Anderson has compiled a 329-146 record including 30 trips to the postseason, 16 region championships and a pair of state titles while competing in the state’s largest classification.  

During his storied career he as also served as the Vestavia Hills High athletic director, guiding the school’s athletic programs to 43 state championships.  

The Samford University graduate was inducted to the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and received the ASHOF’s Frank “Pig” House Award in 2014 and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Herman “Bubba” Scott Award in 2016.  

He is currently the only coach in AHSAA history to win more than 300 games at one school and will tie long time Holt High head coach Woody Clements for the longest tenured coach at a single program at the close of 2018.

Anderson becomes the 12th Alabamian to be inducted into the National Hall of Fame. 

He joins former Pine Hill and Luverne head coach Glen Daniel as only the second head football coach from the state to be enshrined in the Hall.