By ARTHUR L. MACK
Six-time state championship coach Stacy Luker has been named the new head football coach at Cottage Hill Christian Academy, the school announced Thursday.
Luker, 58, who was inducted into the AHSAA Hall of Fame in 2022, directed Clarke County High to the Class 2A state title in 2021 and won five Blue Maps at Sweet Water in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
“We were searching for a proven winner but more importantly a man of faith,” CHCA head of schools Chris Brazell said. “Coach Luker has a great resume and great accolades but he’s a great man and a great leader of young men.”
Luker is 11th all-time in wins among active coaches in Alabama with a record of 232-102 at Clarke County, Sweet Water, Demopolis, Thomasville and Washington County.
Luker, who has been named coach of the year in 12 of his 28 seasons, succeeds Bobby Parrish, who recently retired from coaching.
“Coach Brazell reached out to me a couple of weeks ago after coach Parrish retired and we just began having conversations about the job,” said Luker, who will also serve as CHCA’s assistant athletic director. “Through the process of visiting with him and looking at things, it was a very attractive job for me.”
Luker resigned at Clarke County in January after going 44-29 in six seasons but said at the time he might coach again.
“Coach Parrish and coach Brazell brought a good culture here. They sort of changed the culture and the thinking and they won some games and that’s important,” Luker said. “That’s been established. We’re in a brutal region (3A Region 1) and every Region 1 in Class 1A through 7A, especially in the Mobile area, there’s some great football here. We just want to have that good, physical mindset. We want to instill that in our kids to be successful and I’m looking forward to it.”
Luker graduated from Livingston University and later earned his master’s degree in education from the University of West Alabama. He has been married to his wife Donna for 36 years, and they have three sons and eight grandchildren.
Cottage Hill has made the AHSAA playoffs in only two of its 15 seasons in the organization — in 2018 and 2019 — and is 13-15 in the last three seasons.