Oak Mountain parts ways with Tyler Crane following two years

Published 8:01 am Tuesday, October 25, 2022

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Managing Editor

NORTH SHELBY – Following a two-year stint, the Oak Mountain Eagles parted ways with head football coach Tyler Crane on Monday, Oct. 24.

The decision came after a 3-7 season for the Eagles in 2022.

“We decided to go in a different direction moving forward,” Oak Mountain Principal Andrew Gunn said. “We appreciate coach Crane’s service to our community and our school.”

In his two years leading Oak Mountain, Crane amassed a record of 10-12 that featured a 7-5 first year with a trip to the quarterfinals of the Class 7A playoffs and a 3-7 second year that featured a seven-game losing streak.

Crane was hired by Oak Mountain in April 2021, earning his first job as a head coach after serving as an assistant a few years earlier with the Eagles before heading to Central-Phenix City as part of Patrick Nix’s staff.

During the 2021 season, the Eagles got off to a 4-0 start for the second year in a row and eventually started 6-1, eventually falling to Thompson in the second round of the playoffs.

This past season, Oak Mountain started 2-0 with wins against Northridge and Pelham, but the Eagles struggled the rest of the way, losing seven straight and going 1-7 over the final eight games.

They averaged 14 points per game offensively and gave up 30.4 points per game on the defensive side.

Gunn said the school will start its coaching search right away.

“We will begin the coaching search immediately,” he said. “We hope to find the best candidate in place by this spring if not sooner. We’re looking for the right fit for our school and the community.”

Whoever takes over will become the sixth head coach in school history following Tony Pugh, Jerry Hood, Jeff Harris, Cris Bell and Crane.