Jarrod Wooten stepped down from his post effective Wednesday and has accepted the job as the head football coach at Beulah High School, his alma mater.
“Honestly, when I went back to college, it was with the intent of becoming the coach at Beulah High School.
“It’s very hard to leave Parrish. It’s hard because of the timing and the circumstances. I had a good feeling about the way the guys have worked in the offseason and I felt like we were about to reap the rewards for the work we’ve put in. The potential for a big season is definitely there. It was hard to leave, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to come home.”
With Wooten’s departure, the Tornadoes’ football team will be under its fourth head coach in as many seasons.
The Tornadoes finished 5-5 last season, just missing out on the playoffs. After starting 1-3, Parrish finished strong, winning four of its last six games. The team also picked up wins over county rivals Oakman and Cordova along the way.
Before coming to Parrish, Wooten was an assistant at Greenville High School (2011). He served as the head coach at Houston Academy from 2008-10 and was also an assistant at Fairhope (2007), Valley (2005-06) and Beauregard (1998-2004).
Wooten is a 1986 graduate of Beulah High School.
The Beulah job became available when former coach Craig Hall stepped down from his position on July 9. Hall led the Bobcats to a 5-5 record last year, their best season since 2007.
The Bobcats, who were a 1A program until 1995, moved to 2A in 1996, 3A in 2006 and 4A last season. Beulah has had one winning season and one playoff appearance since 1996.
Wooten thinks he can make a difference for the Bobcats.
“This is the either the fifth or sixth time I’ve applied for the (Beulah) job. Had I not gotten it, I would have stayed at Parrish,” Wooten said. “Had I passed up the job this time, I don’t think I would have ever gotten it.”
Wooten isn’t the only coach to leave Parrish this week.
Chris Harris, who led the Parrish High School softball team to the Class 1A state championship, was named the principal at Sipsey Junior High School at the Walker County Board of Education meeting on Thursday.