Veteran Head Coach Ed Rigby Takes Over Opp Football Program

OPP, AL – Veteran head football coach Ed Rigby has officially been named the 29th head coach of the Opp High School Bobcats. This announcement follows the recent departure of Matt Brunson, who returned to Baker High School in Florida, where he previously secured two state championships. Brunson posted a 4-7 record in his lone season at the helm of the Bobcats program.   

Rigby, who will lead the Bobcats on the field for the first time at Channell-Lee Stadium August 30th against Florida’s Northview High, will also serve as the 4A program’s Athletic Director.  

Rigby brings nearly 35 years of coaching experience at both high school and collegiate levels. Entering his 25th year as a high school head coach, he boasts an overall record of 148-110. In his 13 years leading South Alabama high school programs, he has achieved a 95-39 record. Remarkably, Rigby has led every team he has coached to at least one playoff appearance.

Rigby began his coaching career in the early 1990s as an offensive and defensive line coach at Independence High School in Louisiana and Northwest Rankin High School in Mississippi. He later served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Mississippi’s Mendenhall High School.

His first head coaching role came in 1994 at Albany High in Louisiana, where he led the Hornets to a 12-9 record over two seasons, including a playoff appearance in a school-record seven-win season in 1995. Rigby then moved to Loranger High School, also in Louisiana, where he coached for four seasons (1996-1999), achieving a 20-22 record. His 1998 season was particularly notable, with a 10-2 record, an undefeated district run, and a second-round playoff appearance, earning Louisiana Class 2A Coach of the Year honors.

Rigby transitioned to the college sidelines in 2000 serving as offensive line coach at NAIA’s Tabor College in Kansas for one season followed by a stint as offensive coordinator at Holmes Community College in Mississippi (2001-2003). His tenure at Holmes included a region and Mississippi Junior College Championship in 2002. Rigby then took on the offensive coordinator role at NCAA Division I-AA Jackson State University (2004-2005).

In 2006, Rigby returned to high school coaching at Tate High School in Florida, where he spent six years, culminating in a 21-40 record. Despite the challenging tenure, he led the Aggies to a 6A State Playoff appearance in 2008.

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He made the move to Alabama in 2012 as the offensive coordinator for Goshen High School where he helped guide the Eagles to a five-win season and a 2A State Playoff appearance. He then took on the head coaching role at Elba High School in 2013.  Over five seasons, Rigby led Elba to a 53-12 record, with playoff appearances every season. Between 2014 and 2016, the Tigers achieved a 38-5 record, three consecutive 10-win seasons, three region titles, and two state championship game appearances. In 2015, Elba won the 2A State Title, defeating the defending champion Fyffe Red Devils 36-22.

After an 8-3 season in 2017 and a first-round playoff exit, Rigby took the reins at Eufaula. Over four seasons, Rigby led the 6A Tigers to a 28-18 record with playoff appearances each year, reaching the second round of the postseason in 2019 and 2020.

Rigby’s most recent positions included one year stints at Pike Road, where he led the defending 5A state champions to a 7-5 record and a second-round 6A playoff appearance in 2022, and Luverne, where he coached the 2A Tigers to a 7-4 record last season.

Opp will join Ashford, Dale County, Daleville, Geneva, New Brockton, Pike County and Straughn in a redrawn Class 4A, Region 2 in 2024.

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