Leeds, AL – Two weeks after head coach Lee Gibson announced his departure from the sidelines, the Green Wave have found their next leader on the gridiron. PrepsNet has confirmed that former Clay-Chalkville and Oak Mountain head coach Jerry Hood will become Leeds’ 23rd head football coach.
The Green Wave are coming off a 3-7 campaign in 2018, the program’s first loosing season since 2005.
Hood began his coaching career at McAdory, serving as an assistant for three seasons before moving south to join the staff at upstart Oak Mountain. He served as the Eagles defensive coordinator from 1999 to 2003 before taking over as the the program’s second head coach. During his five year tenure at the helm of the Shelby County program he lead the Eagles a 28-26 mark including a run to the 6A semi-finals in 2005.
After the 2008 season Hood accepted the top job at Clay-Chalkville. Over eight seasons in east Jefferson County, he lead the Cougars to combined 75-26 record including seven playoff appearances, four consecutive region crowns and a 6A state title in 2014. Hood’s 2014 undefeated squad scored a whopping 731 points garnering Hood both USA Today and Alabama Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year Awards.
Since his resignation from Clay-Chalkville in 2016, Hood has served as an assistant at Briarwood Christian and as a representative for an Oxford based team sales company.
Hood is currently the winningest head coach to roam the sidelines in the history of both the Oak Mountain and Clay-Chalkville football programs. His career record currently stands a 103-52 with eight postseason appearances, four trips to the 6A semifinals, a pair of state title game appearances, a state championship, an undefeated season and five seasons with at least 10 wins.
The Leeds City Board of Education will make the hire official in a special-called board meeting Friday morning at 9:00 AM.
Hood will lead the Green Wave on the field for the first time August 23rd at Homer Smiles Field against the Sylacauga Aggies.