Hartselle, AL – Hartselle High School didn’t look far for their next leader on the gridiron. Tigers defensive coordinator Bert Newton has been named the 6A program’s 31st head football coach.
The longtime assistant and son of legendary Homewood Patriots head coach Bob Newton, takes over for former Tigers head coach Bryan Moore who resigned in December to accept the top job at Opelika.
Moore lead Hartselle to a 38-9 mark including a 21-3 record in region play, four postseason appearances and a pair of region titles over four seasons.
This will be the Homewood native’s first head coaching stint. He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Hoover’s Berry Middle School followed by a four-year stint at Spain Park, juggling roles as both a football and wrestling coach. He then spent 12 seasons at Mountain Brook, the final eight as defensive coordinator.
Following his run at Mountain Brook, Newton accepted the defensive coordinator post at Hartselle, a position he held for four years. In 2021 he joined Sean Calhoun’s staff at Vestavia Hills, after one season with the Rebels he returned to Hartselle. Over the past two seasons he helped guide the Tigers to a 21-4 record, a region title and Class 6A quarterfinal appearance in 2022.
In 2018 Newton became the first high school assistant coach be receive the Broyles Award, recognizing the top high school assistant coaches in the nation.
The Tigers are coming off a 9-3 campaign in 2023.