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Dothan High Wolves

 Smitty Grider 

Smitty Grider graduated from Jeff Davis High in Montgomery. Grider started his career as a part-time assistant at Georgia Washington Junior High in 1982 not long after graduating from Jeff Davis.

Grider served as an assistant at Opelika for eight years and Smiths Station before landing his first head coach job at Central-Coosa in 2005. He took the reigns at Beauregard the following season. He took the program that had won just two games in as many years to a 7-4 record and a playoff berth in his first season.

In eight seasons at Beauregard his teams posted a 64-28 overall record including 30-7 his last three seasons with the program.

In 2014 he kicked off the Park Crossing football program in the initial season for the new school near Montgomery.

Coach Grider moved on to Hazel Green in 2018 as the head football coach before relocating to Dothan High in 2019 where he remained for three seasons before moving on to Benjamin Russell in 2022.

He also served as the head coach for the 2013 AHSAA North-South All-Star Game. His record in nineteen seasons stands at 143-71.

Known Record:  143-71-0   66.8%
 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 
Benjamin Russell
Benjamin Russell2024 6A0-000R3
Benjamin Russell2023 6A10-34502682-111470R3#5-1214107
Benjamin Russell2022 6A8-33742070-12856R34-217895
 3 Years18-68244752-21421269-3392202
Dothan High
Dothan High2021 7A4-6157307R21-583230
Dothan High2020 7A2-7147317R22-4113218
Dothan High2019 6A8-34072870-12128R2#4-1185146
 3 Years14-167119110-121287-10381594
Hazel Green
Hazel Green2018 6A4-72502610-11442R84-120593
 1 Year4-72502610-114424-120593
Park Crossing
Park Crossing2017 6A10-24721791-15633R2#6-025170
Park Crossing2016 6A13-15602503-1174125R2#6-022823
Park Crossing2015 6A8-33762180-12428R2#6-1263135
Park Crossing2014 6A7-3280168R24-3182155
 4 Years38-916888154-325418622-4924383
Beauregard2013 4A9-34312321-15137R26-1273125
Beauregard2012 4A11-24711752-16751R2#7-030360
Beauregard2011 4A10-23881661-16352R36-126078
Beauregard2010 4A8-43752411-15452R36-1262106
Beauregard2009 5A7-42512040-11735R25-2153108
Beauregard2008 5A6-4201169R24-3135115
Beauregard2007 4A6-52702130-11738R34-3191140
Beauregard2006 4A7-42421630-11428R34-3104104
 8 Years64-28262915635-728329342-141681836
Central Coosa
Central Coosa2005 4A5-5186173R33-4114100
 1 Year5-51861730-0003-4114100
 20 Years143-716288419811-1471467587-3636972208

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