CCHS enters 2023 season with new, familiar coordinators

Published 12:21 pm Tuesday, July 25, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

Chilton County High School head football coach Marvin Morton will have two new coordinators, but familiar faces on his staff in his second year at the helm. The Tigers promoted wide receivers coach Blake Davies to offensive coordinator and brought back Matt Maddox to lead the defense as coordinator this summer.

Davies, who has spent the last three seasons as the CCHS wide receivers’ coach, will enter his fourth season with the Tigers program. Davies, a 2014 graduate of Marbury High School, played college football at Huntingdon College. Morton said Davies is a great teacher of the game, and has a great ability to teach the players why they do the things they are asked to do. Morton added Davies is very consistent in his teachings, and the CCHS players have responded well to it.

“I feel comfortable in him leading the offense for us,” Morton said. “He has experience and some great ideas that are going to help out our offense this year. The kids love him … He has already had those prior relationships with the kids. He is a hard-working coach who is always looking for innovative ways to improve our offense, and also has a scheme that fits our personnel to maximize our potential as an offense.”

CCHS stayed close to home with their defensive coordinator hire as well bringing back Maddox who spent over a decade with the Tigers program previously. Maddox spent 11 years on the Tigers football staff and is a graduate of CCHS before playing college football at the University of West Alabama.

Maddox was previously the defensive coordinator at Thompson Middle School. He also worked on staff with the Thompson High School football team that has won four consecutive AHSAA Class 7A state championships, and is looking for their fifth-straight in 2023.

“He is coming in with a lot of coaching experience, and he brings great energy day in and day out which is energy we need on that side of the ball,” Morton said. “He is a Tiger, and it is always great when you have alumni on staff because you can tell they really care about the football program. I was very excited to have coach Maddox on my staff.”

Morton said Maddox being a part of the staff at Thompson gave him the knowledge of what it takes to compete at a high level, and how a team should prepare for a season to make a run at a state championship.

As a program, Morton said the Tigers had a great, competitive summer with the team traveling to Troy University and Auburn University to compete against some of the top high school programs in Alabama. He wanted the team to be exposed to great competition throughout the summer in preparation for the 2023 season.

“Our main focus was doing the little things correctly and details, because those details are crucial towards the success of our program,” Morton said. “I am loving the way our players are gelling together as a team and we have gotten closer this summer.”

The Tigers have a few more weeks of workouts before fall camp that will be dedicated to maxes in the weight room and seeing how much the team improved in that aspect throughout the summer.

Previously hired defensive coordinator Houston Powell was offered the head coaching position at his alma mater Marbury High School following his hiring at CCHS in February. Powell took the Marbury job in March, opening the door for Morton to bring Maddox back to his alma mater.