Michael Harper Takes Over New Hope Indians Football Program

New Hope, AL – Michael Harper has officially been named the New Hope Indians 22nd head football coach. 

Harper takes over for Tyler Johnson who lead the Madison County program to back-to-back 4-6 records over the past two seasons. 

“We’re going to be the hardest playing group in the county, that’s our goal.” Harper said after taking over the Indians program.  “We’re going to be physical, we’re going to have a physical mindset, we’re going to absolutely play hard and we’re going to be the team that everyone in the community wants to come and see play because of how hard we’re going to play and how hard we are going to work.”

Harper makes the move after spending last season as the offensive coordinator at Class 6A Hazel Green.  The Jacksonville Christian Academy alum briefly accepted the head coaching position at Huntsville’s St. John Paul II prior to the 2022 season before stepping down to join Charlie Wilburn’s staff at Hazel Green. 

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His first head coaching stop was a stint at Whitesburg Christian where he lead the Warriors to a 2-8 record in the program’s first season of varsity competition.   He has also served as an assistant at Lynn, James Clemens and Huntsville high schools. 

The Indians will join DAR, Madison Academy, Madison County, North Jackson, Plainview, Randolph, St. John Paul II Catholic, and Westminster Christian in a redrawn Class 4A, Region 8 in 2024.  Harper will lead New Hope on the field for the first time August 23rd, on the road, at Ohatchee.

Cover Photo: Michael Harper leading the Whitesburg Christian Warriors in 2020. (Brant Berry | PrepsNet)

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