Coosa Valley hires Taylor as head football coach

Former Morgan Academy head footbal coach Bob Taylor officially signed a contract June 10 to become Coosa Valley Academy's new athletic director and football coach. (Contributed)

Former Morgan Academy head football coach Bob Taylor officially signed a contract June 10 to become Coosa Valley Academy’s new athletic director and football coach. (For the Reporter/Daniel Evans)

By DANIEL EVANS/Special to the Reporter

HARPERSVILLE — The chance to continue coaching football was too good of an opportunity for Bob Taylor to pass up.

Taylor, who was relieved of his duties as head football coach at Morgan Academy earlier this year, officially signed a contract Tuesday to become Coosa Valley Academy’s new athletic director and football coach.

“When Morgan went out for spring practice, I realized how much I missed it,” Taylor said. “I love being part of the game and being in that aspect of it and it’s not that I don’t love basketball. I coached baseball there for a year at Morgan, but I truly love football and everything about it.”

When Coosa Valley came calling and offered him a chance to lead the Rebels’ football program, Taylor knew it was a great opportunity. Taylor replaces Arlton Hudson, who left Coosa Valley to take a coordinator job at Pike Liberal Arts School.

“Coosa Valley is a baseball tradition school and they won a state championship in 2010 in football,” Taylor said. “There’s a lot of good things going on here and we felt it was a good move for us as a family.”

Taylor led the Senators’ football program to a 6-14 record in his two seasons at the school. This spring, Morgan officials relieved Taylor of his duties as head football coach in order to lighten his coaching load.

Along with being head varsity football coach and athletic director, Taylor had served as the Senators’ head varsity basketball coach, junior varsity basketball coach and junior varsity football coach last season.

“I love Morgan and I love all the kids at Morgan,” Taylor said. “I had a wonderful four years at Morgan. I think we accomplished a lot of good things and I think they are going to continue and improve and grow as a school.”

Although he’s leaving the Selma area, Taylor said he is going to miss it.

“Selma is a great town and it is not what everybody pictures it to be,” Taylor said. “I’ll tell anybody that.”

Taylor will take over a Coosa Valley football program that went 6-6 last season and has gone 25-22 since 2010, when the football program won the state title. Coosa Valley competes in the Alabama Independent School Association’s Class AA in football.

Taylor’s career record as a head football coach is 44-52 in nine years..

Along with coaching at Morgan, he has coached at Sumter Academy, West Alabama Prep, Lakeside and Tuscaloosa County.