Bobby Taylor officially became the head coach of the Coosa Valley Academy football team last Tuesday.
“I am happy to be there,” Taylor said. “I have known Mrs. (Pam) Lovelady for a while. She called and said that Coach (Arlon) Hudson resigned to be closer to his grandkids. I jumped at the opportunity to be able to do that and continue at a good school, build off the success that they have had over the last several years.”
Taylor coached at Morgan Academy for four years and he was the head football coach for the last two seasons. Taylor had a heavy workload while at Morgan, as he was the head coach for three varsity sports and the athletic director.
“I took the job and it was a rebuilding situation,” Taylor said. “My first year as a head coach, we started five ninth graders, four sophomores and an eighth grader out of 22 starters. This past year, I was junior high football head coach, varsity football head coach, varsity and junior varsity basketball head coach. I was the AD (athletic director). I taught two academic classes, two PE (physical education) classes and I was dean of students on top of that. I also did whatever else had to be done. The school came to me; they didn’t relieve me of my football duties as head football coach. They said they wanted me to remain as the boys’ varsity (basketball) coach for four years and they wanted me to focus on that. I was like, that was fine, but it came to pass after they went out the first day with spring football. I was just miserable. I was missing it; I have been a head coach for nine years and I have been involved with football for 15 years. It was the first time I had ever been away from it at any point in my career. I just prayed about it to figure out if this is what we are supposed to be doing, then two or three days after that is when Mrs. Pam (Lovelady) called me saying that Coach Hudson resigned and was moving on to be closer to his kids. I just felt like that was an answer to a prayer.”
Taylor brings his high-tempo spread offense to CVA. Last season, the Senators averaged 30 points per game and they scored 40 points four times.
“It is a very high-paced offense,” Taylor said. “This past year at Morgan, we were 3-7. I lost a senior quarterback who had been starting for three years and he went down in the second game, so I had to turn to a 10th grader. We ran the spread wide open, fast-paced offense with linemen that averaged 180 pounds. People learned that they could get foot-to-foot with us in AAA and do what they wanted to, the physics of it didn’t match up. Offensively, we averaged 30 points per game this past year with a young football team. We threw for 2,700 yards and we ran for 1,600 yards in 10 games. It was very fast-paced and it kept us in a lot of games. It was a good matchup for us and a good offense for us to run.”
Last season, the Rebels went 6-6 and earned a berth in the AISA Class AA playoffs. Arlon Hudson went 10-13 in his two seasons at helm. Hudson said he developed some great relationships at CVA.
“I made some great friends and coaches, some great kids,” Hudson said. “I am moving to Troy to be around my grandkids. After 38 years of taking care of everybody else, I think it is time to spend time with mine.”