Jasper head football coach Philip Bailey was looking for the perfect fit while searching for his new offensive coordinator.
Then he met Brad Easley and everything fell into place.
“I met him at a coaches clinic in Montgomery. Even after talking to him just briefly, I knew there was something about this guy. We brought him in and interviewed him. We knew he was the guy that needed to be here,” Bailey said of Easley.
“The biggest thing for me was finding a good person who is in this for the kids and who does this for the right reasons. He’s a good football coach. He’s sharp, detail-oriented and cares about what he does. He’s a heck of an addition and we are thrilled to have him.”
Easley, 29, comes to Jasper after four years at 7A powerhouse Thompson High School where he served as the wide receivers coach each of the last two years under veteran coach Mark Freeman.
“I’ve known probably since I was in middle school that I wanted to be a coordinator and eventually a head coach. I’ve always wanted to call plays. This is a little bit of a dream come true,” said Easley, who comes from a coaching family. His brother Michael is the head coach at Munford High School and his father David was a longtime assistant coach at several program across the state.
Easley has liked what he’s seen in his short time at Jasper.
“I think the people here are dedicated to football — you can see that through the facilities. There are a lot of similarities to Thompson. I think this place is a hidden gem. Coach Bailey has an unbelievable vision for this place and I think I could help. This has been a dream of mine for long time. It’s something I take seriously and something I want to be great at.”
Easley graduated from Cleburne County High School in 2009. He spent the following two years playing basketball at Gadsden State and went on to Jacksonville State where he got a degree in Secondary English Education.
Along with his father and brother, Easley considers Thompson’s Freeman, who led the Warriors to the 2019 7A state title, one of his mentors.
“My first year there I spent every planning period — that I didn’t have a meeting — sitting in his office. I was 24 or 25 and I would beg him to watch film with me and teach me things. He sat in with me every day and let me ask questions. He really taught me the Xs and Os of the game. I want to make him proud.”
Bailey served as Jasper’s offensive coordinator last year under coach Bryan Moore.
The Vikings led Class 5A in points per game (40.3) and had the second highest point total in school history (483).
The Vikings are moving up to Class 6A this season and will face a region schedule that includes perennial playoff teams Gardendale, Clay-Chalkville, Pinson Valley and Mortimer Jordan.
“I’m very familiar with the teams in this region. I think we’ve got to get the kids believing that we can beat them. That’s the biggest challenge. We’ve got an unbelievable staff. We know what we are up against. If the kids buy in, we will be OK,” said Easley, who described his offense as fast paced.
“We like to take away what the defense does well. We like to attack and use our strengths against them. It’s fun. It’s fast. It puts a lot on the quarterback and the skill players. It’s very cerebral. You have to have kids that are willing to be students of the game. As long as they are willing to put in the work, we will be fine.”