Saint leaves Dora to take over as West Morgan head football coach
by Johnathan Bentley
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Former Dora assistant coach Heath Saint looks on during a scrimmage at the school last year. Saint is the new head coach at West Morgan High School.
Former Dora assistant coach Heath Saint looks on during a scrimmage at the school last year. Saint is the new head coach at West Morgan High School.
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Heath Saint has spent 14 years preparing to be a head coach.

Now he’s got the opportunity.

Saint, who has been an assistant coach in Walker County for the last eight years, is the new head football coach at West Morgan High School. He accepted the job last month.

“I’m excited. We’ve already bought a house up there and we will move as soon as school gets out,” said Saint, 33, who spent last season as Dora’s offensive coordinator following a seven-year run as an assistant at Cordova High School.

He inherits a West Morgan team that has won 11 games over the last three years combined following a 10-win season in 2008. The Rebels have been to the playoffs a total of 16 times in school history.

“I had a chance to go to West Morgan or Falkville. I want to win a championship and I felt West Morgan gave me the best opportunity,” Saint said. He has ties to both schools. He is a Falkville High School graduate and was a volunteer assistant at West Morgan from 1998 to 2000.

“It’s going to be a good move for me. The school is well ran and a couple of guys that helped when I was there before, are going to help me,” added Saint who travels to the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to be with his team.

“They’ve got some pretty good athletes. The biggest thing is that they’ve been throwing the ball a little bit. We are going to go back to running the football.

“I feel I’m a good fit with what they want to do. They want a coach that will bring in discipline and make the kids act right. The principal is behind me 100 percent. They want me to do whatever I need to do to get the football team back winning.”

During Saint’s time as a volunteer coach at West Morgan, which is located in Trinity, the Rebels put together records of 10-2, 10-2 and 7-5.

Last season, the Rebels started the year 0-4 and finished 4-6, missing the playoffs for the third straight season.

Saint has had the opportunity to leave the county before, but elected to stay at Cordova.

“I could have went to Collinsville in 2007, but I knew we would be pretty good at Cordova. I thought if I hung around, we would have a shot of winning it,” Saint said.

The Blue Devils won the state title in 2007 under head coach Scott Basden and advanced to the championship game in 2008 and 2009 under Pete Bush, who was also an assistant coach at Dora in 2011.

Saint also contemplated leaving the county after the 2010 season.

“I interviewed at a couple of schools in 2010, but decided to stay in the county and Dusty Goode called and offered me a job at Dora. I enjoyed working with him,” Saint said. “I’ve worked for three good head coaches while I’ve been here: Scott Basden, Pete Bush and Dusty Goode. I’ve learned a lot from those guys.”

In his one season at Dora, Saint’s offense lit up the scoreboard, averaging 36.5 points per game. The Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the playoffs and finished the season 9-3.

“I had a great opportunity at Dora. It was chance for me to implement an offense. We managed to have success.

“I enjoyed coaching in Walker County. The kids here are really tough. It’s a good place to reach and coach,” Saint said.

Cordova and Dora were a combined 80-23 with Saint on the staff, including a 17-6 mark in the playoffs.