Wade Waldrop Accepts Orange Beach Head Coaching Position

Orange Beach, AL – Former Hoover head coach Wade Waldrop was officially named the Orange Beach Makos third head football coach Tuesday afternoon.

Waldrop takes over from Jamey DuBose, who resigned last month and later accepted a position as the head coach at Mississippi’s Biloxi High.  DuBose lead the Makos to a 9-11 mark over the past two seasons including a 1-8 finish in 2023.  

Waldrop recently resigned from Hoover after a two-year stint where he posted a record of 16-9, including a region championship and a state semifinal appearance in 2022. Despite a challenging start of 1-5 in 2023, the Bucs rallied to secure a spot in the 7A playoffs before falling to Hewitt-Trussville in the Class 7A quarterfinals.  

With an impressive career record of 116-84 across 18 seasons as a head coach, the Hartselle native brings substantial experience to Orange Beach High. His coaching journey includes seven years at Chelsea (2006-2012), eight at James Clemens (2013-2020) where he lead the 7A Jets to a combined 54-35 mark including a pair of region titles.  Before taking over the Hoover program in 2022, he spent one season at Florence, finishing 5-6 with a postseason appearance.  

Waldrop’s teams have reached the postseason 11 times and he has claimed three region crowns over 18 seasons as a head coach.  

The Orange Beach City Council recently gave unanimous approval for the construction of a $46 million athletic facility on the OBHS campus. This includes a 3,500-seat football stadium set to enhance the sports experience at growing program.  

The Makos fielded their first varsity football squad in 2020.  Since the program’s inception they have posted a 21-19 record with two playoff berths. 

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