Six seasons with the Central High Red Devils is apparently enough for Jamey DuBose. The three-time state championship winning coach announced his decision to leave the school on Tuesday after meeting with his staff and players according to Phenix City Schools Superintendent Randy Wilkes in a press release.
“Coach DuBose acknowledges that this is one of the most difficult decisions that he has ever had to make due to the support of Central High School and Phenix City Schools. The relationships forged with players, parents, colleagues, administrators, and community members is something he will fondly remember for a life-time. Coach DuBose’s desire is to continue those relationships and noted that ‘once a Red Devil, always a Red Devil,’” Wilkes said in the release.
“Phenix City Schools appreciates Coach DuBose’s commitment to excellence both on and off the playing field, noting the significant amount of emphasis DuBose placed on character, grade point averages, and ACT scores. According to school officials, Coach DuBose went above and beyond in seeking scholarships for players as evidenced with last year’s signing class of 20 student-athletes and this year’s early signing of seven players to Division I scholarships,” Wilkes added.
DuBose is not leaving the coaching profession. He is expected to accept a head coaching job out of state in the near future. His decision on Tuesday was to retire from the State of Alabama. DuBose can draw his retirement from Alabama while continuing to coach in another state or at a private school.
DuBose was 66-11 in his six seasons with the Red Devils, winning six region titles, two South Bracket titles and a state championship. His 2018 team went 14-0 to give Central its first undefeated season since 1944 when the Red Devils went 9-0. His 2018 Class 7A state title was Central’s first since 1993. The 14 wins in 2018 matched the most victories in a season. Central was 14-1 in 1993.
DuBose’s teams dominated the region, winning 35 of 36 games over the six-year span. The lone loss came in 2015 to Enterprise High, 17-14.
His teams were also 14-5 in the playoffs. He took the Red Devils to the semifinals five times – moving on to the championship game twice in 2018 and 2019. Central defeated Thompson 52-7 to win the Class 7A crown in 2018. In 2019, the Red Devils lost to Thompson 40-14.
The 2018 Red Devils set a school record for points scored with 578. The defense had its best season under DuBose in 2018 when it allowed only 108 points in 14 games. Overall, Central scored 2,962 points and allowed 1,217 points over DuBose’s six seasons.
DuBose 14-year record as a head coach is 137-40. His first head coaching job was at Susan Moore for two seasons. He was head coach at Prattville for four seasons and took the Lions to the championship game in Class 6A three times, winning two titles. He spent two seasons at Florence before accepting a job at Charles Henderson in Troy. DuBose never coached a game at Charles Henderson before accepting the head coach’s position at Central.