Ham Barnett elevated to head coach at St. Paul’s

Mobile, AL – The St. Paul’s Episcopal Saints have landed their next leader on the gridiron.  The Saints announced on Tuesday that current defensive coordinator Ham Barnett will be the program’s 10 head football coach.

The McGill-Toolen graduate replaces Hall of Fame coach Steve Mask who resigned last month after leading the Saints to a 110-25 record, including four state titles, a pair of region crowns and a 29-6 mark in postseason play over 10 seasons at the Mobile private school.  Mask recently accepted the head coaching position at Pell City.

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Barnett, who joined the St. Paul’s staff in 2019, previously served as the head coach at Mobile’s Cottage Hill Christian School.  During his two year stint at Cottage Hill he posted a 4-16 record from 2014-2015.  The Mobile native and University of South Alabama alum also spent time as an assistant at Thompson, Theodore, McGill-Toolen Catholic and Mary Montgomery high schools.  

The Saints will make the move back to Class 6A in 2022 joining Baldwin County, Blount, McGill-Toolen, Murphy, Robertsdale, Saraland, Spanish Fort and Theodore in a redrawn Class 6A, Region 1.  Click here to take a look at the recently released AHSAA 1A-7A reclassification.