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Josh Niblett resigns after 14 seasons as Hoover head football coach

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Hoover, AL – After 14 seasons and six state championships the Josh Niblett era at Hoover High School is coming to an end.  PrepsNet learned early Friday morining that Niblett would be resigning from Hoover to accept the head coaching position at Georgia’s Gainesville High School.  

During his 14 year run at Hoover, Niblett posted a 171-26 record including three AHSAA 6A state championships, three Class 7A state titles, eight region crowns, two perfect 15-0 records and a 92-8 mark in region play.

Niblett’s final season at Hoover came to a close at 12-1.  The Bucs fell to three-time state champion Thompson 35-10 in the Class 7A semifinals.  

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The Demopolis native tookover the powerhouse Bucs program prior to the 2008 season following the resignation of legendary Hoover head coach Rush Propst.

Before accepting the Bucs top job, Niblett spent three seasons at Oxford where he guided the Yellow Jackets to a 14-18 record including a pair of playoff apperances.  His first head coaching job was a five year stint at 3A power Oneonta.  He lead the Redskins to a combined 51-14 mark including five playoff berths, a region championship, back-t0-back Super 6 appearances and a state title in 2004.   

Niblett played quarterback for his father John Niblett at Demopolis Academy before lettering for three seasons at the University of Alabama from 1993-1995.  His first coaching job was as an assistant at Meadowview Christian Academy before moving to Jacksonville State where he served as an assistant thought the 1999 season. 

Niblett’s career head coaching record currently stands at 236-58 including seven state championships 11 title game apperances, 9 region crowns and 21 playoff berths over 22 seasons.  He lead the Bucs to the semifinals in each of his 14 seasons in Hoover.  He currently has the 11th most wins among active Alabama high school football coaches.

He will officially be named the next head coach of the Gainesville Red Elephants Monday morning at 9:00 AM in north Georgia.