Has Vestavia Hills settled on a replacement for legendary football coach Buddy Anderson?

By Ben Thomas | AL.com


Vestavia Hills may have found its replacement for Hall of Fame football coach Buddy Anderson.

The Vestavia Hills Board of Education has called a special personnel meeting for 4 p.m. Wednesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, several media outlets – including Alabama and Georgia Football Scoop and Gradick Communications – reported Sean Calhoun had accepted the job to follow Anderson at Vestavia.

Calhoun resigned as head coach at Carrolton High (Ga.) on Tuesday.


Neither Vestavia athletic director Jeff Segars nor Calhoun immediately returned phone calls from AL.com.


Carrollton won three region titles and made five quarterfinal playoff appearances under Calhoun, who compiled a 51-12 record at the school.


’'Just trusting God’s plan,’' Calhoun told AJC.com of his reasons for stepping down. “Sometimes we don’t fully understand or know that plan, but God will close doors and open doors, and that’s what walking in faith means.’'


Calhoun also spent two years under Rush Propst at Colquitt County. He was offensive coordinator during that team’s championship seasons in 2014 and 2015.


If he is indeed the next coach at Vestavia Hills, Calhoun will have big shoes to fill.


Anderson, who retired following the 2020 season, finished with a 346-160 record with two state championships in 43 years as the team’s head coach. He started at Vestavia in 1972 and became head coach six years later.


To search for Anderson’s replacement, Vestavia formed a four-person search committee that included Segars; Todd Freeman, Vestavia City Schools superintendent; Patrick Martin, assistant superintendent of operations and services; and Tonya Rozell, VHHS principal.


The Rebels went 4-6 in 2020, forfeiting their first two games due to COVID-19.


Vestavia Hills competes in the brutal Class 7A, Region 3 that also includes two-time reigning state champ Thompson, perennial power Hoover and playoff regular Hewitt-Trussville. Oak Mountain joined those four in the playoffs this season and all four won first-round playoff games.






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