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Hugh Fountain named W.S. Neal head football coach

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

East Brewton, AL – Former Escambia County head coach Hugh Fountain has taken the reigns of the W.S. Neal football program 13 days after stepping down from Pike Liberal Arts one week after accepting the Patriots head coaching position.  

The Escambia County Board of Education made Fountain’s second stint as the Eagles’ head coach official at a special called meeting on Monday. 

The Brewton native returns to his alma mater after leading Escambia Academy to a 94-31 record including six consecutive trips to the AISA Title game, a pair of state titles and four region titles over the past decade.

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Before taking over at Escambia Academy in 2012, the former Troy State University lineman lead Charles Henderson to a combined 106-67 record, highlighted by a region title in 2007 and ten post season appearances over 16 seasons.  

Earlier in his career he spent seven seasons at W.S. Neal guiding the Eagles to a 49-29 mark including a region title, six playoff berths and a trip to the AHSAA Class 4A semifinals in his final season.  His first head coaching stop was a one year stint at Evergreen where he posted a 4-6 record in 1988.  

He currently holds a 253-133 overall record, including a 110-51 mark in region play, a pair of AISA state titles, six region crowns and 26 postseason appearances over 35 seasons. 

Fountain takes over for former Eagles head coach Brandon Wilcox who lead the 4A program to an 0-10 record in his lone season in Brewton.  Wilcox was announced as Escambia Academy’s next head coach Tuesday morning.