E.A. Sports Today

Peavey joins Oxford staff

Madison County coach returns to Calhoun County roots, gives Jackets 3 head coaches on staff

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

OXFORD — Ryan Herring added another head coach to his Oxford football staff when Madison County coach Scott Peavey was approved by the board at a specially called meeting Wednesday.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Peavey, who was Wellborn’s head coach from 1999-2001. He still owns an house in Saks, but will reside in Oxford.

He is hoping to join the team in time for Thursday’s workout, but plans to be with it throughout the summer while working to sell his house in Gurley.

He preferred to keep his leaving Madison County as cordial as possible so any underlying issues that may have existed he left to remain private.

“It was time,” Peavey said. “I was here long enough. I felt I might have done all I could do and it’s time for us to make a change. I hate to put the school in a bind that late, but I had an opportunity that doesn’t come around a lot.

“The school system is unbelievable. When you go through it and see the opportunities those kids at Oxford have, you almost kick yourself for kids not being there the whole time.”

Peavey is the second head coach Herring has added to his staff this year. The night of the Yellow Jackets football banquet it was announced former Glencoe head coach Lee Ozmint was joining the staff.

“We are adding great coaches, no doubt,” Herring said. “It’s great to hire head coaches because they have experience with the big picture.”

Ozmint is a defensive assistant working with the Yellow Jackets’ linebackers. Peavey is expected to coach either offensive or defensive line.

“I’m an older guy now, I’ve coached just about everything,” Peavey said. “I told him to put the guys with who they’re comfortable with and I’ll take what’s left.”

Peavey was 68-55 as a head coach. He was 46-34 in seven seasons at Madison County (with four straight playoff appearances), 6-5 in one year at Ashville and 16-16 in three years at Wellborn. He reached the state semifinals twice at Madison County (2012 and 2014).

He also was the Tigers’ wrestling coach and will serve as an assistant to new Jackets wrestling coach Matt Hicks. He may also coach some track.

The Jackets are also getting a quality multi-sport athlete in Peavey’s son. Jack, a rising senior, is a two-time all-state football player who was the Tigers’ quarterback last season and has played slot receiver, strong safety and punter; an all-region outfielder in baseball with college offers and a strong wrestler.

Earlier this spring coach Peavey was named to the North staff of the North-South all-star game, headed by Alexandria’s Frank Tucker. He will be the defensive coordinator.

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