Now he’s back as his alma mater looking for the same kind of success. Gay is one of four new head football coaches in the Daily Mountain Eagle’s coverage area for the 2013 football season.
Gay, who guided the Tornadoes to the 2003 Class 1A state championship behind the running back duo of Tony Dixon and Cole Mason, takes over at Cordova following a long stint as an assistant coach at Walker High School. He replaces former coach Woody Smothers who was 9-13 in two seasons. Cordova, Lynn, Sumiton Christian and Carbon Hill will introduce new coaches when the season opens in less than three months.
At Lynn, Jon Randolph replaces Philip Smith, who served as the Bears’ head coach for the last nine years before stepping down. Randolph helped rebuild programs at both Coffeeville and Highland Home before heading to Georgia as an offensive coordinator at Early County High School for the last six years.
The Bears missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004 last season. Zach Holmes takes over the Sumiton Christian football program after serving as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator for the last two years under former head coach Greg Patterson, who stepped down from his post.
Holmes takes over a Sumiton Christian team that finished a disappointing 3-6 last season, the Eagles’ first year in Class 1A football since 2001.
At Carbon Hill, new coach Rodney Dollar takes over a program that has won just seven games over the last six years. Dollar replaces coach Royce Young, who is now on Gay’s staff at Cordova as the Blue Devils’ offensive coordinator.
Dollar has served as the head coach at Headland, Samson, Frisco City, Tallassee and Pike County, putting together a career record of 139-91. Dollar has led teams to the playoffs in 13 of his 21 years as a head coach.