Abbott named top assistant coach

Published 4:14 pm Friday, January 15, 2016

Maplesville football coach Brad Abbott has been selected as Assistant Coach of the Year by the Alabama Football Coaches Association.

Abbot spent seven years as a head coach at Jemison prior to his arrival at Maplesville before the 2013 season.

Since then, the Red Devils have made three straight trips to the Class 1A title game and won the last two.

“He’s our good luck charm,” Maplesville head coach Brent Hubbert said.

His background as a head coach adds valuable experience to the Maplesville football program.

Abbot’s connection to Maplesville runs even deeper than football, as he graduated from the high school in 1987.

“We put a lot of stock in getting guys that like it here,” Hubbert said.

He will receive the award during a ceremony on Jan. 30 at the Embassy Suites in Montgomery.

Nominations for the award are gathered from head coaches throughout the state, and the winner is selected by a committee.

This is not the first time a Maplesville assistant coach has been recognized with the honor, as Tate Leonard won the award last year and Eric Bailey in 2006.

“Having a staff to be honored like that is big time,” Hubbert said. “That just shows the type of success that we’ve had and the type of work that they have put in.”