Adam Winegarden Steps Down At Tuscaloosa County to Join Troy University Staff

Tuscaloosa County head football coach Adam Winegarden is stepping away from the prep sidelines to join the staff at Troy University. Winegarden, who will serve as the Director of Leadership and High School Relations at Troy, has had a successful high school career spanning 16 years, during which he accumulated an overall record of 131-55.

Winegarden’s coaching journey began at Dalton High School in Georgia. As head coach from 2008 to 2009, he led the team to a commendable 14-7 record. His next coaching stint was at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa from 2010 to 2011. Under his leadership, the Patriots enjoyed a 21-3 record, clinched two region titles, and made a trip to the Class 6A quarterfinals in 2011.

From there, Winegarden took the reins of the Fairhope Pirates’ program. He guided the gulf coast program to a combined 28-8 record over his tenure and led them to three playoff appearances and captured a region title in his final season. In 2015, he moved to Auburn High School, where he brought the Tigers to a 56-19 record. The highlight of this time in Lee County was a region championship and a trip to the Super 7 Championships in 2020, where they were narrowly defeated by the defending champion Thompson Warriors in the Class 7A title game.

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Winegarden returned to west Alabama in 2021 to lead the Tuscaloosa County program. Over three seasons, he guided the Wildcats to a 12-8 record. This move to Troy University marks a new chapter in his career, but his legacy in high school football remains strong, with a career record of 131-55, including 12 trips to the postseason, four region titles, and a state runner-up finish over 16 seasons.

Born in Memphis, TN, Winegarden played as a quarterback for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga before turning his focus to coaching. His experience and leadership skills will undoubtedly be an asset to Gerad Parker’s inaugural staff at Troy University.

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