FDA searching for new head coach

Published 4:34 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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By Evan Justice 

Fort Dale Academy is currently looking for a new head football coach.

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According to David Sikes, headmaster of Fort Dale Academy, the school has been in the process of accepting applications for the position since the middle of December.

“We are getting applications in now,” he said.

Sikes said they would evaluate the pool of applicants and choose from the best ones.

Both the school and previous head coach James “Speed” Sampley mutually agreed on the decision. 

Sampley served as head coach for the Eagles from 1999-2020.

After serving as head coach of Lowndes Academy for 5 years, from 1994 to 1999, Sampley moved to Fort Dale Academy in 1999.

While at Lowndes, Sampley helped lead the Rebels to a state championship in 1997. He led the Eagles to the 2010 state championship.

Over his 27-year head coaching career, Sampley earned 188-120.

Sampley, who graduated from Auburn University with a degree in secondary education, will remain employed at the school as the assistant athletic director and a teacher.

“There is no animosity between the school and I,” Sampley said.

Anyone interested in applying for the position should email coachsearch@fortdale.com