Football Coaching Carousel Update: Sparkman, Mary Montgomery make hires


Two more in-state coaches have been snatched up for higher classification jobs.

Tanner’s Laron White was announced as the new head coach of Class 7A Sparkman Thursday. White has spent the last 14 seasons as the head coach of the Class 2A Rattlers, leading them to a 148-30 record, back-to-back state championships in 2012 and ’13, nine region title including the past seven straight seasons, and 11 10-win seasons.

Sparkman has been the antithesis of that program. They’re record since White’s first season at Tanner in 2003 is 53-92 under three different head coaches. Roger Haynes (2003-’11) took the Senators to four straight playoff appearances in his first four seasons. However, they are the last postseasons Sparkman has made, now on a ten-year drought. Sparkman has just three region titles (1982, 2004, ’06) and seven playoff appearances in their history.

Meanwhile, 7A Mary G. Montgomery has replaced the departing Brian Seymore with Straughn’s Chris Wilson. Wilson struggled to fill the shoes of Trent Taylor in two seasons at Straughn, going just 9-12 with each a first and second-round playoff exit. Wilson found success at his initial head coaching job in Alabama with Washington County, leading the Bulldogs to a 57-12 mark in five years with two Class 2A state finals appearances, two region titles, and three 13-win seasons.

Mary G. Montgomery was on an upswing under Seymore, finishing 5-5 in 2016 and just one game shy of the first playoff appearance for the Vikings since 2002. MGM has not won a region title since 1985 (they’re only one in existence) and has made just seven postseasons (1985-’89 & 2001-’02).