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Wade Waldrop is leaving his position at Florence High to become Hoover High's new head football coach. Enquirer photo/Dan Busey

Hartselle native takes Hoover head football coach position

By David Elwell
For the Enquirer

Wade Waldrop, a 1994 graduate of Hartselle High School, was formally introduced as the new head football coach at Hoover High School Thursday.

Waldrop, who was an All-State honorable mention punter for Hartselle in 1993, moves to Hoover after one season as head coach at Florence with a 5-6 record. Before that, he coached eight years at James Clemens and seven seasons at Chelsea.

Waldrop’s career record is 100-75, with three region championships and 11 playoff appearances in 16 seasons.

According to the TimesDaily newspaper in Florence, Waldrop’s hiring was announced Wednesday on the Hoover Bucs Football Facebook page. The information was also tweeted on a Hoover social media account and quickly deleted.

Waldrop’s one season at Florence ended with a 49-10 first-round playoff loss to eventual 7A state champion Thompson, which is one of Hoover’s main rivals in Class 7A, Region 3.

Florence will now begin the search for its fourth head coach in the past six years.