Curd leaving Carbon Hill after 3 years

Team improved during coach’s tenure

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 2/26/19

Scott Curd’s tenure as the Carbon Hill football coach is over after three years.

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Curd leaving Carbon Hill after 3 years

Team improved during coach’s tenure

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Scott Curd’s tenure as the Carbon Hill football coach is over after three years.

Curd is leaving his alma mater to pursue a coaching role at the collegiate level.

“I have an opportunity to go after a lifelong dream and to do that I can’t give 100 percent to the program,” Curd said. “I’m at a place in my career that it’s time to pursue this. I’m ready to try to get my foot in the door. In order to do that, it takes away from me doing the job the way it’s supposed to be done.”

Curd, who has been coaching at the high school level for 25 years, informed his team of the move on Tuesday.

Carbon Hill had its best season in more than a decade in 2018, posting a 5-5 record and falling one win short of the playoffs. Three of the Bulldogs’ losses were by eight points or less.

Carbon Hill showed improvement during Curd’s tenure, winning one game in 2016 and three games the following year. Prior to his arrival, the Bulldogs had won 10 games in the previous nine seasons.

After not having an All-State player since 1999, Carbon Hill had at least one each of the last three years. Both Carson McGinnis and Alex Atkins were second-team choices in 2018.

“Last season was one of the best in a while. It has been fun watching it grow. The program was a laughing stock when I got here. That was the reputation the program had. It’s not anyone’s fault. I’m proud that it’s back where it has respectability again. It was three of the best years of my career,” said Curd, a 1988 Carbon Hill graduate. “The thing I will miss most of all is being around the kids and the coaching staff each day.”

Curd hopes the next head coach will come from within the staff.

“I’ve recommended Chavis Williams as my successor,” said Curd.

Williams, who played collegiately at Alabama and professionally for the Baltimore Ravens, has served as Curd’s defensive coordinator. He has been at Carbon Hill for the last four years.

“Coach (Williams) is a big part of why we are where we are. I think this team coming back is going to surprise some people,” Curd added.

The 2019 team will have to replace several offensive stars, including quarterback Jon Michael Madison, receiver Carson McGinnis and running back Brandon Scoles as well as lineman Jev Windham.