By Drew Champlin, FNF Coaches Correspondent
Coaching Profile: Jamey Dubose
Team: Phenix City-Central
Jamey Dubose has won two state championships and numerous playoff games at four schools across Alabama, but it’s a day in the offseason that warms his heart the most.
DuBose always looks forward to the January recruiting period, where he can make his final push for his seniors to college coaches, and then on National Signing Day when they sign those scholarship papers.
“Seeing families show up and see these kids go to college and maybe they wouldn’t have had a chance to go to college otherwise and knowing you had a part in that, that’s really satisfying,” DuBose said.
And DuBose has had more than his share of scholarship players while as head coach of Susan Moore, Prattville, Florence and Central-Phenix City, his current location. He spent a few months in the 2014 offseason as Charles Henderson’s head coach, but couldn’t turn down the opportunity later offered to him with the Red Devils.
“Central was that job that, even when I was at Prattville, I always wanted to go,” DuBose said. “I thought it was a place where you could win a state championship. I thought it was a great fit for me and one of the top jobs in the state and it is.”
DuBose got his start in the game early. His cousin Mike is the former Alabama head coach who has also spent time in the NFL and in this state as a high school coach.
He lived next door to former Opp coach Hinton Johns (1981-85), who got him started as a team manager. He played for Jamie Riggs at Opp, graduating in 1988. Riggs’ first head coaching job was at Opp before he spent 27 years at T.R. Miller.
“I love the fact that you see young men grow and develop,” DuBose said. “That’s why I like the high school coaching.
“Jamie Riggs, being around him, seeing what he did and watching him, he had a lasting impact on my life. Seeing myself 20 or 30 years down the road, I saw myself as a coach.”
DuBose got to Central-Phenix City after spring in 2014, but the Red Devils went 9-1 in the regular season and reached the class
7A quarterfinals despite injuries. Last year, they were hampered by injuries throughout the season, but still reached the semifinals.