Enterprise, AL – The Enterprise Wildcats have landed their 25th head football coach. The 7A program officially introduced Spanish Fort’s Ben Blackman as their next leader on the gridiron at 1:00 PM Tuesday afternoon.
The Montgomery native lead the Spanish Fort Toros to a 6A state championship, four region titles, a 49-5 mark in region play and back-to-back Super 7 appearances in 2019 and 2020 while posting an overall 77-18 record over eight seasons.
His final Toros’ squad closed out 2021 at 10-2, falling to Opelika in the second round of the postseason.
Before taking over at Spanish Fort in 2015, he spent four seasons at the helm of the Gulf Shores program guiding the Dolphins to a 21-20 record and one postseason berth during eight seasons. His first head coaching stop was a four year stint at Greenville, posting a 31-14 mark and a region crown in 2009. Before making the move to Greenville he served as an assistant at Opelika for five seasons.
His career head coaching record currently stands at 129-52, 79-29 in region play, with a 21-11 run in the postseason with five region crowns, 12 playoff appearances and a state championship over 16 seasons.
Blackmon, a Robert E. Lee High School graduate, studied Pre-Med at Troy University while playing quarterback for the Trojans before earning a masters degree from Auburn University.
Blackmon takes over for former Enterprise head coach Rick Darlington who stepped down following the 2021 season to return to his home state of Florida. Darlington lead the Wildcats to 20-14 record including three consecutive playoff appearances during this three year stint in Enterprise.
Enterprise, who capped the 2020 season at 8-4, 3-3 in region play, will join Auburn, Central-Phenix City, Dothan, Jeff Davis, Opelika, Prattville, Robert E. Lee, and Smith’s Station in a retooled Class 7A, Region 2 in 2022.