Best Coaches are High School Coaches


cropped-LOGO-1.png“The best football coaches I’ve been around are high school coaches” claims Alabama’s defensive coordinator DC Pruitt.

High school football coaches are first and foremost teachers. They teach student athletes the correct positions and how to block and tackle. Coach DC Pruitt, the former Hoover high school defensive coordinator was one of those coaches. He was recognized by Alabama’s head football coach Nick Saban and given an opportunity to be a college coach. He was hired to an off-the-field role that eventually evolved into becoming Alabama’s defensive backs coach this year replacing Kirby Smart who is now the head football coach at Georgia.

Pruitt credits his success from learning under his father, legendary Alabama high school coach Dale Pruitt. He is impressed by the teaching and training his recruits have received by their high school coaches. He is very complimentary of the high school coaches and the winning programs his recruits come from. Pruitt feels very fortunate and thankful for the opportunity he has had. He knows there are a lot more high school coaches far more deserving than himself. And he appreciates being in the right place at the right time.

Pruitt’s passion for coaching has been evident since the first meeting with his players. After taking over as defensive coordinator after Alabama’s national championship victory last January.

His players are impressed with Coach Pruitt’s passion and energy. That approach has been instrumental for a smoother-than-normal transition following the departure of Alabama’s former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. Several Alabama football players credit much of their success to Pruitt’s ability to both relate to his players and simplify the once-complicated defense. This season, the Alabama defense lead the nation scoring, total yards allowed, and limiting their opponent’s red zone touchdowns to 17. This year’s Alabama defense is comparable to other elite-level Alabama and national defenses.

Paul Dobbs 

“Coaching Tomorrow’s Leaders”


January 24, 2017