Bibb County, new coach are ‘a great fit’
Tue. July 24, 2012 at 9:39 p.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Adam Gaddis (8) is a candidate to be the tailback in the new Bibb County offense. (Photo by Staff file photo | Michelle Lepianka Carter)
CENTREVILLE | The timing might be a disadvantage for Mike McCombs, the new head football coach at Bibb County High School, but the opportunity was too good to pass up.
The 43-year-old McCombs was approved for the job earlier this month. He has been a head coach at Glencoe, Gardendale, Geneva, Benjamin Russell in Alexander City and Valley. A graduate of Pinson Valley High School and UAB, McCombs was an offensive coordinator at Hewitt-Trussville High School and coached quarterbacks and receivers at Troy University.
Mike Battles coached Bibb County for four seasons, producing a 46-6 record with four straight playoff appearances. After Battles went to Tallassee, Shawn Sutton took over the program and led the team through spring practice. Sutton resigned and returned to Colquitt County, Ga., where he will be an assistant for Rush Propst, the former Hoover coach.
"Mike and I developed a really good relationship over the last few years," McCombs said. "I actually came down and visited with him here when he first got the job. I was very aware of what was going on here and what he had done and the kids that were here.
"I had made the decision to get back into coaching after having been out of it for a year. Mike was instrumental in my getting here. In his words, he said, ‘If he’s interested in the job, you’d better go get him.’ He’s still held in such high regard here in the community and with these kids and these parents. That just meant the world to me.
"The administration and the board moved on it very quickly. They stressed that for the kids they wanted to get someone in as soon as possible. Of course, they wanted to get the right person for the job, but they didn’t want the kids to not have someone at the wheel.
"This is a community that’s obviously got an awful lot of pride, and they care an awful lot about their kids. The things that they want for their program go beyond just winning football games. They want character development, and they want someone to come in and provide a platform for success, not just on Friday nights but for life. We have similar philosophies in the way we look at football, and it just made it a great fit for me. They considered me a great fit for them."
McCombs, who had a 7-on-7 competition against Vincent scheduled for Tuesday, has been busy getting to know the personnel and putting together a staff. David Norwood will be the defensive coordinator. McCombs said Matt Patterson, who was hired by Sutton, will stay on as offensive coordinator.
Battles favored a rushing attack that was led last season by senior C.J. Cutts. Sutton planned to install a spread offense that featured more passing. McCombs said he wants a balanced offense that will have elements of the spread, but he has two tight ends that he wants to utilize as blockers and receivers.
Adam Gaddis is a candidate to be the tailback. McCombs said Gaddis volunteered for duty with the scout offense to try to make the defensive starters better.
"We’re going to run because that’s our strong point," McCombs said. "I guess I’ve gotten that tag as a spread guy, but I believe in doing what your kids are capable of doing. We’ve got a very strong offensive line coming back. We’re going to be in the shotgun. We’re going to be a hurry-up, no-huddle (offense).
"My philosophy is we’re not going to try to make a square peg fit in a round hole. We’re going to build on the talents we have."
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