Billingsley steps down as GCHS football coach


By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

For the first time since it opened in 2006, Gadsden City High is looking for a football coach.

Joe Billingsley resigned last Friday (Nov. 16), leaving the school to go into search mode.

“We’ll be forming a committee of four or five people who are closely aligned with the program,” GCHS athletic director Carl Hunter said. “The job hasn’t been posted yet. We’re waiting until the playoffs wind down, then see what we can do.”

Even with no posting, there have already been several coaches who have inquired, Hunter said.

Billingsley coached the Titans through their first seven seasons and accumulated a 58-26 record with seven playoff berths.

“Gadsden City is a great place to work, and it has been a very rewarding experience,” Billingsley said in a press release issued by the school.

Billingsley is also assistant athletic director, and that assignment is still up in the air for next year.  The press release, however, stated that he would continue as assistant athletic director for the foreseeable future.

A two-time Little All American lineman at Jacksonville State University, Billingsley started his head coaching career at Gordo, where he stayed from 1997-2001, winning the ‘01 Class 2A state title.

Billingsley was hired as head coach at Gadsden High, where he led the Tigers to three playoff appearances in five years.

When Gadsden, Emma Sansom and Litchfield were consolidated in 2006, Billingsley was hired as the first coach at Gadsden City.

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