It only took a week to find its man, but Central High was expected to introduce Patrick Nix as the new head football coach for the Red Devils Tuesday evening. The Phenix City Board of Education approved the recommendation of Superintendent Randy Wilkes in an emergency board meeting at 5 p.m. ET. Nix was introduced as the new coach at 6 p.m. ET in the indoor football facility at the high school. He will take the place of Jamey DuBose who retired last week from the State of Alabama and took the job at Lowndes County High in Valdosta, Ga.
“Through the interview process, administrators ascertained Nix’s priority is student-athlete development with resounding emphasis on character and academics. Coach Nix also shared his offense and defense philosophies and the group discussed school, practice and season schedules, rosters, coaching staff, student-athletes, ACT preparation, and budget,” Wilkes said in a press release Tuesday.
Nix, until Tuesday, was the head coach at Pinson Valley High where he took the Class 6A Indians to state titles in 2017 and 2018. His 2019 team reached the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Oxford, 31-28. Nix was 38-4 in three seasons at Pinson Valley. His teams won two region titles in 2017 and 2018 and compiled a three-year mark of 17-1. The region titles were the first for the school since it won back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999. His two state titles were the first in school history.
“I think Coach Nix felt he could have stayed in Pinson Valley and continued to win state titles, but he wanted to take things a step further. He wants to make Central into a national program. In talking with him, we understood why he was at the top of everyone’s list to be their next coach,” Wilkes said.
Nix played football at Etowah High in Attalla before heading to Auburn University to play for Terry Bowden. Tommy Bowden, a future Clemson coach, was the Offensive Coordinator and Jimbo Fisher, now head coach at Texas A&M, was the quarterbacks coach. Nix still holds two Auburn records for passing efficiency and for completing the most passes in a game with 34 against Arkansas. His son Bo is the starting quarterback for the Tigers and led Pinson Valley to its two state titles.
Nix joined the coaching staff at Georgia Tech in 2002 as the running backs coach and later served as recruiting coordinator, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. He went on to Miami where in 2007 he was the school’s offensive coordinator. In 2010, Nix joined the staff at Charleston Souther where he served as wide receiver’s coach.
Nix was the head coach at Henderson State University from 1999 to 2000.
Nix is married to the former Krista Chapman and they have four children. Bo and Emma are enrolled at Auburn. His son Caleb is a sophomore while his daughter Sara is in the sixth grade.
His parents Conrad and Patsy live in Warner Robins, Ga. His father was a longtime high school coach in Alabama and Georgia and recorded 300 wins with two state titles.
“Phenix City Schools and Central High School are most excited about this new era in Red Devil football and encourages the community to see opportunities to welcome Coach Nix and his family and to support the students that he will serve,” Wilkes said.
Nix is the fifth Central coach in the last 47 years and the 13th overall in the school’s 93-year history.