Opelika, AL – Opelika head football coach Erik Speakman will not be returning after six seasons at the helm of the 6A program. Speakman led the Bulldogs to a 45-25 record during his tenure, including a 31-9 mark in region play, three region titles, and a 9-4 record in postseason play.
The move was first reported by Fox Sports’ D. Mark Mitchell.
Speakman led the Bulldogs on an impressive run, finishing with an 11-2 record and advancing to the Class 6A semifinals. His tenure as head coach began in 2018, succeeding Caleb Ross, who left to take over as head coach at Prattville. Prior to his promotion to head coach, Speakman had been an integral part of the Bulldogs’ coaching staff for 18 seasons, the last seven of which he served as the program’s defensive coordinator.
Opelika City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Farrell Seymore, acknowledged Speakman’s contribution in a statement, saying, “We appreciate Coach Speakman’s dedication to our football program and our student-athletes.” The search for a new head coach is ongoing, with further details to be announced at a later date.
Despite the successes during Speakman’s tenure, the Bulldogs have struggled recently, finishing the 2023 season at 4-6 and missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year.