A former Douglas High quarterback and the son of a coach, Cliff Mitchell has been named the new Albertville High School head football coach.
He served as assistant head football coach for the 2015-18 seasons under his predecessor, Dale Pruitt, who had departed Albertville to coach Dade County in Georgia.
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Tyler Reeves said he believes they could have searched the world over and not found a better fit to lead the Aggies.
Mitchell is a 1999 graduate of Douglas, where he played quarterback for his father, Marshall County Sports Hall of Fame member Rex Mitchell. Cliff quarterbacked and his father coached the 1996 and 1998 Eagle teams, the only state playoff teams in program history.
He was a student coach for Albertville in 2003 and joined the staff full-time in 2004.
He is a 2003 graduate of Jacksonville State. His wife, Sheryl, is a radiologic technologist at Marshall Medical Center South in Boaz. Their daughter, Arleigh, will be a fifth-grader while their son, Kingston, will be a first-grader in the Albertville City School System.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do since I was little,” Mitchell said. “Dad was a football coach, and I always thought football was something I would be involved in.
“With being an Aggie, I’ve wanted to be the head football coach at Albertville for quite some time now, and it feels amazing to be in that role right now,” he continued.
Mitchell said learning from Coach Pruitt was amazing, but he has also learned a lot from other coaches including Sam Graham, Tommy Tharp, Joel Poole, his father, former Albertville coach Paul McAbee and even Albertville basketball coach Patrick Harding.
He said all have had an influence on his life and he wants to take the best that they've shown him and use it to run the Albertville program.