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 Terry Curtis 

Terry Curtis attended Murphy high school in Mobile. His was a three-sport athlete in high school. Following graduation he attended Auburn University and received his degree. Curtis played baseball for the Tigers while in college.

He returned to Mobile and took a job as an assistant football and junior varsity basketball coach at B.C. Rain High School (1973-80). Curtis served as an assistant coach at Murphy for the next nine years.

Coach Curtis began his head coaching career at Shaw High School in 1989. In his first season as head coach, Shaw struggled and ended the year with a losing record, but Curtis turned things around quickly, winning a region title in 1991 with a 12-2 record.

In 1993, Curtis accepted the head coach position at Murphy High School where he remained for six successful seasons. His first season with the Panthers was similar to his previous position, ending the year with only his second losing record. The following year, however, Coach Curtis led Murphy to a regional title and a playoff spot.

After retiring from the public school system, he took over as head coach at U.M.S. Wright in 1999, winning a regional titles in his first eight seasons with the Bulldogs. In 2001 Coach Curtis led the Bulldogs to an undefeated 15-0 season and a state championship with a 28-12 win over Cleburne County High School.

In 2002 the Bulldogs won a second consecutive title when they eased by North Jackson 7-2 for the Class 3A Championship. The 2005 team stomped Deshler 42-16 to claim their third title in five years under Coach Curtis.

The 2008 Bulldogs beat up on Cherokee County 41-7 in Auburn for a fourth championship. In 2012, UMS-Wright once again traveled to Auburn and came away with a 42-14 victory over Oneonta High School for Curtis fifth state championship during his head coaching career.

Coach Terry Curtis currently remains as the head coach at U.M.S.-Wright and holds a career record of 348-93 over 34 seasons. His playoff record stands at 81-23 and his region record is among the best of all time in the state at 171-23.

His teams won state titles in three straight seasons between 2018-2020.

In 2022 he became the winningest football coach in state history passing the legendary Buddy Anderson.

Curtis is a past president of the AHSAA athletic directors/coaches association and also past president of the Mobile County Coaches Association. He was the head coach of the state team in the 1999 Alabama-Mississippi football All-Star game. He is also the current athletic director at UMS-Wright.

Coach Curtis was named Coach of the Year by the ASWA in 2001, 2002 and 2005. He was inducted into the 2004 Alabama High School Athletic Associations Hall of Fame, which was held at the Montgomery Civic Center on March 22, 2004.

Known Record:  355-98-0   78.4%
 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 
UMS-Wright2024 5A0-000R1
UMS-Wright2023 5A7-52062011-12835R15-3155138
UMS-Wright2022 5A12-14231792-112062R1#8-024889
UMS-Wright2021 5A11-23861162-17339R1#6-022849
UMS-Wright2020 5A8-53412022-17160R14-219487
UMS-Wright2019 4A14-03781065-015244R1#7-018749
UMS-Wright2018 4A14-0480585-018837R1#7-024514
UMS-Wright2017 4A13-24611935-015763R15-120386
UMS-Wright2016 4A9-33701211-15020R15-119856
UMS-Wright2015 4A12-15011592-16955R1#6-028055
UMS-Wright2014 4A12-25112023-112882R1#6-024551
UMS-Wright2013 4A11-34832893-112392R1#7-029896
UMS-Wright2012 4A13-25513245-0186120R1#7-030697
UMS-Wright2011 4A9-54482823-115288R15-2266127
UMS-Wright2010 4A6-53702740-13236R15-2228127
UMS-Wright2009 4A10-34882142-18327R1#6-1322115
UMS-Wright2008 4A13-24842265-019848R16-1217107
UMS-Wright2007 5A6-72863782-14758R14-3197189
UMS-Wright2006 5A11-34102923-19288R1#7-0263136
UMS-Wright2005 4A15-06601355-019646R1#7-035666
UMS-Wright2004 4A13-15281563-114162R1#7-030973
UMS-Wright2003 4A11-24601872-17527R1#7-0310104
UMS-Wright2002 4A14-14471065-013927R1#7-024344
UMS-Wright2001 4A15-05131495-017842R1#6-020065
UMS-Wright2000 4A10-33291542-18331R1#6-013656
UMS-Wright1999 3A9-43002262-16866R1#2-06220
 26 Years278-6210814492975-1728291355148-1658962096
Murphy1998 6A8-2272127R12-28860
Murphy1997 6A8-22921250-11417R1#4-016253
Murphy1996 6A6-52802500-11341R13-117191
Murphy1995 6A10-43561413-18259R13-19831
Murphy1994 6A9-22861570-12135R1#4-013628
Murphy1993 6A5-6891290-12127R12-13038
 6 Years46-2115759293-515117918-5685301
Shaw1992 6A8-42801621-12435R23-111167
Shaw1991 6A12-23061413-17566R2#4-09640
Shaw1990 6A8-2211112R22-27670
Shaw1989 6A3-7106152R31-24947
 4 Years31-159035674-29910110-5332224
 36 Years355-9813292642582-2430791635176-2669132621

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