Former Opelika HC accepts on field role at Troy

Troy, AL – Former Opelika Bulldogs head coach Brian Blackmon has accepted his first on-field coaching gig in the college ranks.  After spending the 2017 season as an offensive analyst on Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn, Blackmon has accepted a new role with the Troy Trojans.  

According to multiple reports the Montgomery native will likely coach tight ends for his alma mater in 2018.’s Tom Green was the first to report the hire.  

Blackmon spent two decades at Opelika before accepting his first college coaching job on The Plains following the 2016 football season.  During his time at Opelika he served as offensive coordinator for legendary Bulldogs coach Spence McCracken for 13 years before taking over as head coach in 2009. 

During his eight year tenure at the helm of the Bulldog program, Blackmon lead Opelika to a combined 69-25 record including three 6A region 3 titles and a pair of trips the AHSAA state title game in 2012 and 2016.  

in 2012, after leading the Dawgs to their first state championship game appearance in program history, Blackmon was honored as coach of the year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, Alabama Football Coaches Association, The Opelika-Auburn News, and Columbus SportsVision.  

After graduating from Montgomery’s Robert E. Lee High School he played one season at the University of North Alabama before transferring to Troy where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1996.