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Bill Smith named Talladega Tigers head football coach

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Talladega, AL – The Talladega High School Tigers have found their next head football coach.  The Talladega City Board of Education has officially named Huffman’s Bill Smith the program’s 37th leader on the gridiron.  

Smith takes over for Shannon Felder who lead the Tigers to a 10-22 record, including a pair of playoff appearances over three seasons.  

Talladega is coming off a 1-9 season in 2021, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2016. 

The former University of Alabama punter is coming off a two year stint at Birmingham’s Huffman High School where he compiled a 6-14 mark.  Before accepting the Huffman job, prior to the 2020 season, Smith lead the Fayette County Tigers for one season, posting a 8-3 record, a 5-1 mark in region play and a trip to the AHSAA Class 4A postseason.  

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He spent four seasons in Talladega County from 2015 to 2018 leading the Munford Tigers to a combined 28-18 record including a trip to the Class 4A semifinals in 2015 and a region title in 2017.  

From 2011 to 2014, Smith guided the Shades Valley Mounties to a 26-19 mark, reaching the postseason in three of his four seasons at the helm of the Irondale program.  His first head coaching stop was a two year stint at Crossville where he posted a 9-11 mark from 2009-2010.  

Smith following Shades Valley’s 34-0 playoff win over Arab in 2014. Brant Berry | PrepsNet

His career head coaching record currently stands at 77-65 including a 48-38 mark in region play, a 5-7 run in the postseason with seven playoff births and a region crown over 14 seasons.

The Tigers join Annison, Cleburne County, Handley, Jacksonville, Munford and White Plains in a retooled AHSAA Class 4A, Region 4 in 2022.