The return of a familiar face filled the open position on the staff of new Albertville head football coach Cliff Mitchell.
The Albertville City Board of Education approved Brock Rutledge as the Aggies’ offensive coordinator during a special called meeting Monday night. The board also approved David Boman to be the Aggies’ assistant head coach, a role Mitchell filled under former head coach Dale Pruitt.
“Me and Brock played against each other in high school, we’re very familiar with each other and I got to fill that spot without having to worry about finding a teacher, because Brock was already here on campus with us,” Mitchell said.
“I was glad he was ready to come back on board with us. I think he’ll do good stuff for us. He’s a pretty good offensive mind and I enjoy having him around.”
Rutledge served as the Aggies’ offensive coordinator from 2015-17. In 2016, Albertville averaged 32.4 points per game and scored 40 points or more in seven of its 11 games. The Aggies set a team record with 356 points.
Rutledge will coach receivers for Mitchell, and Will Scott will coach quarterbacks.
“Coach Rutledge was Will’s coach at Sardis,” Mitchell said. “As far as the stuff we run on offense, those two are very familiar with each other, and me and Brock are pretty familiar with each other.”
Mitchell will continue to coach the running backs. Jason Smith is Albertville’s offensive line coach.
“Coach Smith did a really good job in the spring,” Mitchell said. “He’s a very good coach, and he’ll get those guys going.”
Boman coaches inside linebackers. Next to Mitchell, he has the longest tenure on the Aggie staff.
“Coach Boman will help me with the paperwork part of it, and he knows the ins and outs of the program and who to talk to and that kind of stuff,” Mitchell said.
“He said he didn’t want anybody to think he was the coach in waiting or anything, he was just doing it to help me and take some of the load off me.”
Brandon Lyles returns as Albertville’s defensive coordinator. He coaches outside linebackers.
“We played together at Douglas. I’ve basically known Brandon forever,” Mitchell said. “Me and Heath McCoy were best friends growing up, and Brandon is married to Heath’s sister, Haley.”
Whit Ratliff coaches the defensive line, Randy Dupree the cornerbacks and Will Richard the safeties.
The Albertville City Board of Education approved Chad Oliver as the Aggies’ new freshman head coach.
Oliver and Josh Smith will coach the defense, with Oliver making the calls. D.J. Metz and Quinton Williams will work with the freshman offense, with Metz calling the plays.
“Quinton actually helped me the very first year that I was the junior high head coach way back in 2003 or 2004,” Mitchell said.
“Coach Pruitt asked him to come back and help us. He is really knowledgeable of the game and I think he’ll help our young guys, and I think he’ll step in and he’ll help Coach Smith when Coach Smith needs help. As far as the offensive line goes, he’s a welcome addition.”
The Aggies will compete in four 7-on-7 passing events this summer, beginning with a June 27 trip to Gadsden City.
They will compete at Samford University on July 9, and they will host the AHS 7-on-7 event July 23. Albertville’s final 7-on-7 will be July 27 at Piedmont.
Albertville’s lineman will attend the Southeastern Line Camp on June 26-27 at Clay-Chalkville.
Preseason practice starts Aug. 5, a date set by the AHSAA. Aug. 6 is the first day of classes for Albertville students in the 2019-20 school year.
“It’s kind of the way things are now,” Mitchell said. “It’s not that two weeks of practice and no school. I like school going ahead and starting, because we’re going to be up here working anyway.
“Let’s just go ahead and be accustomed to practicing at 3 o’clock, getting in the routine and go. I’m a routine guy, and I think kids like being in a routine too as far as that goes.”
The Aggies will host Moody in a fall jamboree before kicking off the Mitchell era by hosting Columbia of Huntsville on Aug. 30.
The complete schedule is:
Aug. 23, Moody (fall jamboree)
Aug. 30, Columbia
Sept. 6, Fort Payne
Sept. 13, at Buckhorn
Sept. 20, at Cullman
Sept. 27, Boaz
Oct. 4, Hazel Green (homecoming)
Oct. 11, Lee-Huntsville (senior night)
Oct. 18, at Mae Jemison
Oct. 25, at Sardis
Nov. 1, at Guntersville