St. Paul’s Episcopal head coach Steve Mask steps down

Mobile, AL – After a decade at the helm of the St. Paul’s Episcopal School football program head coach Steve Mask is stepping down.  

The Hall of Fame head coach posted a 110-25 record, including four AHSAA Class 5A state titles, a pair of region crowns and a 29-6 mark in postseason play over 10 seasons at the Mobile private school. 

The Class 5A defending state champion Saints’ season came to a close at 8-4 with a 29-17 loss to undefeated and top ranked Pike Road in the second round of the AHSAA postseason.  

“I feel like we’ve had a great run here,” Mask told‘s Ben Thomas. “It’s been the best 13 years of my life – the last 10 as head coach for sure. I felt like it was time to look in a different direction. I’m very grateful and thankful to the St. Paul’s community, which has accepted me as part of the family. It’s been an honor and a privilege to be the head coach and athletic director here.  I’m not retiring,” he said. “I’m looking to continue to coach. I don’t feel burned out. I want to coach, and my plans are to coach. I don’t know where or when but, hopefully, I’ll be back coaching soon.”

Earlier in his career the Muscle Shoals native served as the head coach at Florence’s Bradshaw High School, posting a 25-29 record, three playoff appearances and a region title from 1990 to 1994.   In 1997 he took over the Buckhorn Bucks football program guiding the Tennessee Valley program to a 23-29 mark and a pair of postseason births over five seasons.  His next stop was a five year stint at Cobert County where he lead the 3A Indians to a combined 52-15 record, highlighted by a trip to the AHSAA title game in his first season, four region titles and a 32-3 run in region play.  

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He made the move to Georgia in 2007 to accept the offensive coordinator position at Newnan’s East Coweta High School.  After a stint in the Peach State he returned to Alabama as the defensive coordinator at St. Paul’s for three seasons before being named the Saints’ head coach prior to the 2012 season.  

Mask’s head coaching record currently stands at 210-98 with four state championships, seven region titles, and 20 playoff appearances over 25 seasons.