Heath Lauderdale Named Mortimer Jordan Head Football Coach

Kimberly, AL – Heath Lauderdale has officially been named the Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils’ 33rd head football coach. Lauderdale has served as the Blue Devils’ assistant head coach for the past two seasons and led the strength and conditioning program.

“When we started looking at possible coaches to take over the program, we realized that we already had the most qualified person working for us,” stated Mortimer Jordan principal Craig Kanaday. “Promoting Heath makes all the sense in the world to me. He will continue to build on the positive momentum that we have already created here.”

Lauderdale succeeds Dusty Goode who departed as the winningest head coach in Mortimer Jordan’s 101 year history. Goode compiled an 80-41 record including eight playoff appearances, four consecutive region titles and a trip to the Class 5A state championship game over ten years at the helm of the North Jefferson County program. Last season, the Devils finished 8-3 before falling to Fort Payne in the first round of the Class 6A postseason.

“I am extremely grateful and honored to be named the next head football coach at Mortimer Jordan,” Lauderdale expressed. “It is a wonderful school and community that I hope to make proud, both on and off the field.

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“It will be huge shoes to fill following a winner and a man like coach Goode, but I will do all I can to provide the program direction, discipline, and commitment that creates tremendous young men. These are great kids that are a pleasure to coach, and to also have the opportunity to work for an elite administration is what makes this job so attractive. It’s a great day to be a Blue Devil.”

Lauderdale brings 16 years of coaching experience, including five years as head coach at Susan Moore, where he was twice named Class 3A Region 7 Coach of the Year.  During his five year stint at the helm of the Susan Moore program he lead the Bulldogs to a combined 31-22 record highlighted by a region title and a pair of Class 3A playoff berths.  His 2019 squad posted a perfect 10-0 regular season in, the same year he was named Blount County Coach of the Year and served as the defensive coordinator of the North squad for the 2020 North-South All-Star game.

The Blue Devils will join rival Gardendale, Homewood, Jackson-Olin, Minor, Parker and Woodlawn in a redrawn Class 6A, Region 5 in 2024.  Lauderdale will lead Mortimer Jordan on the gridiron for the first time August 23 when the Devils welcome Leeds to Jimmie Trotter Stadium. 

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