Auburn High is now looking on the market for a new head football coach after it was announced this week that Adam Winegarden had accepted the head job at Tuscaloosa County High.
Winegarden amassed a 56-19 record during his six-year tenure at Auburn, which culminated in 12-2 record, a region title and a runner-up finish last season in the Class 7A state title game, a heart-breaking loss in which the Tigers gave up a nine-point lead to Thompson in the waning minute of the game.
"Adam has done a tremendous job here with is whole program and what he tries to instill, and I'm sure he's going to have a lot of success everywhere he goes," said ACS Athletic Director Dan Norton. "We wish him the best."
The move back to Tuscaloosa is a homecoming of sorts for Winegarden, who previously coached at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in 2010 and 2011 before leaving to helm the Fairhope program for three years.
In addition to his three head-coaching jobs in the state of Alabama, Winegarden coached at Dalton, Georgia for two seasons. Overall, Winegarden has led his teams to a 119-37 record during his career.
Auburn High is just beginning the process of finding a new coach, said Norton, who added that he would meet soon with ACS Superintendent Cristen Herring to discuss the search.
"We don't have a timeline at this point as of today, but I'm sure that's coming soon," said Norton. "We value what's going to be the right fit for our community, for Auburn High School, but again that's something that Dr. Herring and I and some other people are going to sit down to come up with — what are we really looking for in a coach, what's important to us.
"For me personally, it's what fits our community, and we're looking out for the kids."