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 Billy Coleman* 

Billy Coleman was an outstanding quarterback and basketball player at Vigor High School in Prichard, Alabama. Coleman was selected to the Mobile All-City team and the Birmingham News All-State team in 1957 and 1958.

During his senior season, he was chosen to play in the Alabama All-Star game in Tuscaloosa. Bill also made the Mobile All-City and the Alabama All-State basketball teams three straight years (1956-58).

Following graduation Coleman earned a scholarship to the University of Alabama to play football, but after one year with the Tide he transferred to East Mississippi Junior College.

Coleman later transferred again to the University of Southern Mississippi where he was the starting quarterback in the early 1960s. In his senior season with the Golden Eagles, Coleman helped his team win a UPI Small College National Championship.

After graduating from Southern Miss, Coleman began coaching high school football in south Alabama. Coleman was named head coach at Citronelle High School in 1965 where he remained until 1971. Each of his seven teams finished with a winning record at Citronelle. He left Alabama for a few years, but returned in 1974 for one season at Patrician Academy in the AISA.

In 1975, Coleman took over the football program at Satsuma High School. Although every team did not excel on the field, his Gator teams were known for playing tough, hard-nosed football each and every season during his tenure.

Following the 1988 season Coleman retired as an Alabama high school head coach with more than 20 years of service and overall record of 113-101-8. He is a member of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame.

Known Record:  113-101-8   52.8%
 Season Total   Playoffs   Region Record 
 Team   Season  Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T  PF  PA   Region  Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Satsuma1988 6A1-954231R31-22454
Satsuma1987 6A2-865226R31-2931
Satsuma1986 6A3-785161R31-22841
Satsuma1985 6A3-797171R41-21544
Satsuma1984 6A7-41401690-1030R42-15660
Satsuma1983 4A3-861173R22-34180
Satsuma1982 4A4-673172R22-34599
Satsuma1981 4A7-2-111471R25-27965
Satsuma1980 4A7-314279R24-38463
Satsuma1979 4A2-738146R21-624113
Satsuma1978 4A3-6-160150R22-547127
Satsuma1977 4A8-213283R25-17361
Satsuma1976 4A7-3144116R24-210376
Satsuma1975 4A5-4-1149137R23-37598
 14 Years62-76-3135420850-103034-377031012
Patrician Academy
Patrician Academy1974 AISA3-6-198179
 1 Year3-6-1981790-0000-000
Citronelle1971 3A5-4-1150115
Citronelle1970 3A8-32841490-11240
Citronelle1969 3A8-233698
Citronelle1968 3A6-3-1253137
Citronelle1967 3A6-3-1140111
Citronelle1966 3A8-223794
Citronelle1965 3A7-2-122787
 7 Years48-19-416277910-112400-000
 22 Years113-101-8307930550-2127034-377031012

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