Former Alabama football coach Mike DuBose takes Opp High post
Former Alabama football coach Mike DuBose is the new head football coach at his alma mater Opp High School, The Dothan Eagle reported Wednesday.
DuBose, who played high school football at Opp and went on to become an All-SEC defensive end under Paul W. “Bear” Bryant at Alabama. He became the head coach at Alabama in 1996, following the retirement of Gene Stallings.
DuBose coached the Crimson Tide for four seasons, leading Alabama to a 10-3 record and an SEC championship. He was fired following the 2000 season with a career 24-23 record, with the high mark in leading the Crimson Tide to the SEC championship in 1999.
Since that time, DuBose has held numerous high school coaching jobs, including a pair of successful two-year stints at Luverne where he took the team to the AHSAA Class 2A playoffs four times. He also served as head coach at Millsaps (Miss.) College, a Division III school, from 2006-2009.
DuBose spent the past two years as the defensive coordinator at Opp. He replaces Brent Hill, who recently resigned after seven years as head coach and athletics director to take the head coach job at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee, Fla.
“Any time you’ve got a coach DuBose on your staff, to me it’s a no-brainer with the things he’s experienced as a coach,” Opp Principal Aaron Hightower told The Eagle. “First of all to have someone like that on your staff is special.
“Now you’re getting his total philosophy over your program, which is so significant. We want to win championships, and that’s something we haven’t been able to do.”
Hightower said DuBose agreed to take over the duties Wednesday and was expected to meet with the assistant coaches and players later in the day.
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