Bobby Johns (American football)

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Bobby Johns
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1946-05-18) May 18, 1946 (age 71)
Birmingham, Alabama
Alma mater University of Alabama
Playing career
1965–1969 Alabama
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972 North Alabama (assistant)
1976–1977 McAdory H.S.
1978–1983 Erwin H.S.
1984 Valdosta State (assistant)
1985 Florida State (GA)
1986–1992 Chattanooga (DC)
1993 Eastern Kentucky (assistant)
1994–1995 South Carolina (assistant)
1996 West Alabama (DC)
1997–2000 West Alabama
Head coaching record
Overall 11–31

Bobby Johns (born May 17, 1946) is a former football coach. He served as an assistant coach in the college ranks for many years as well as head coach for a pair of high schools and at the University of West Alabama from 1997 through 2000. He is also a former college football All-American defensive back who played for coach Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama.

Early years[edit]

After graduating from Banks High School in Birmingham, Alabama, Johns enrolled at the University of Alabama. Playing quarterback in high school, during his freshman year he moved to defensive back. For the Crimson Tide, Johns was a member of the 1965 national championship team, was selected All-SEC three times (1965–1967) and All-America twice (1966–1967).[1] He was selected in the 12th Round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, but elected to pursue a coaching career instead. As recognition for his career at Alabama, Johns was elected to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Early in his career, Johns coach at both McAdory and E.B. Erwin High School where he compiled an overall record of 52 wins and 30 losses (52–30) during his eight-year tenure as a high school head coach.[2] From Erwin, Johns entered the college coaching ranks in 1972 where he coached defensive backs at Florence State University now UNA. Between 1984 and 1996 he coached at Valdosta State, Florida State, Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky, South Carolina and West Alabama.[3] After serving one season as defensive coordinator at West Alabama, in December 1996 he was promoted to the head coach position after the resignation of Todd Stroud.[3] Prior to entering the 2000 season with the Tigers, Johns announced he would resign from his position effective at the end of the season.[4] For his career at West Alabama, Johns compiled a record of 11 wins and 31 losses (11–31).

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
West Alabama Tigers (Gulf South Conference) (1997–2000)
1997 West Alabama 4–6 1–6 9th
1998 West Alabama 3–7 2–7 8th
1999 West Alabama 1–10 1–8 10th
2000 West Alabama 3–8 2–7 10th
West Alabama: 11–31 6–28
Total: 11–31
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ a b "Bobby Johns among Hall of Fame inductees". The Tuscaloosa News. May 19, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Alabama High School Football Head Coaches: Bobby Johns". Alabama High School Football Historical Society. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "UWA names Johns". The Tuscaloosa News. December 6, 1996. p. C1. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bobby Johns leaving UWA following 2000 season". The Tuscaloosa News. June 21, 2000. p. C1.