Cordova’s Gay steps down after six years

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 12/3/18

CORDOVA — For the first time in six years Cordova High School is in the market for a head football coach.Jimmy Gay stepped down recently following six years on the job.“I want to thank the people …

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Cordova’s Gay steps down after six years

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CORDOVA — For the first time in six years Cordova High School is in the market for a head football coach.

Jimmy Gay stepped down recently following six years on the job.

“I want to thank the people that supported the program and the players for working hard and making my time at Cordova memorable,” Gay said. 

Gay guided the Blue Devils to back-to-back trips to the Class 4A state semifinals in 2014-2015. However, the team slumped in recent years, bottoming out at 1-9 in 2018. Gay leaves Cordova with a 39-32 record and four trips to the state playoffs. 

“I’m very thankful for the job coach Gay did here,” Cordova Principal Kathy Vintson said. “He took us to back to back final four seasons. We had a wonderful ride with him. I appreciate all the hard work he did, and what he did for our school and our team. He just did an amazing job. We wish him the best.”

Now Vintson turns her attention to finding the next head coach.

“We are getting ready to post the position and I’m putting together a committee and we will be looking to hire a new coach by the end of January,” Vintson said. 

“We want someone who is a successful coach that knows the Xs and Os. We are also looking for someone to mentor our young men and inspire them. We want someone that will make champions out of them, not only on the field, but also in life. I have big aspirations and goals for who this man will be, and I intend to seek until I find him. I’m looking for a difference maker.”

With an inexperienced roster and a host of new players at key positions, Cordova was shutout in their first two games of the 2018 season — losses to Dora and Hamilton. The team got off to an 0-7 start before picking up its lone win of the season at Oak Grove (36-22). The Blue Devils finished sixth in the seven-team Region 5 standings.

Gay’s first season as the Blue Devils’ head coach came in 2013. The team finished 2-8 that season, but turned its fortunes around in 2014 behind a star-studded roster that included a trio of All-State players and Back of the Year finalist Noah Ard. 

Though the Blue Devils finished third in the region, they won their first two playoff games by a total of four points and blew out Haleyville on the road before falling to Deshler. Cordova closed the season at 10-4.

The team was even better in 2015.

Cordova added All-State athlete Kolbi Fuqua to the mix in 2015, going a perfect 10-0 in the regular season — for just the sixth time in school history. The Blue Devils won their first 13 games before running into Fayette County in the state semifinals, closing at 13-1. 

The Blue Devils put together another solid season in 2016, advancing to the second round of the playoffs and finishing 9-3. The 2017 team started the season 0-3, but won just enough games to make the playoffs, going 4-7.