Now he’s rushing to prepare his Winston County Yellow Jackets for the 2012 season.
Tidwell was recently named the school’s head football coach. He replaces Dan Hogan who served as Winston County’s head coach for the last five years. Hogan will remain on the staff as the Yellow Jackets’ offensive coordinator.
Tidwell, a 1997 Winston County High School graduate, has been scrambling since accepting his new position earlier this month.
“It’s been very hard,” Tidwell said. “It’s just one of those things. We don’t feel like we have much time to change a whole lot of things. We are having to ride out what we’ve got. It’s too late to start to making changes. Missing the spring puts you too far behind. We’ve done well with what we’ve had so far. We’ve got 32 kids out and they have worked very hard.”
Winston County plays Haleyville in jamboree game on Aug. 24 and opens the season the following week on the road at county rival Lynn.
Over the last five years, Hogan went through peaks and valleys with the Yellow Jackets.
The team went 3-7 in 2007, but followed with 9-3 and 10-3 records in 2008-09, advancing to the state quarterfinals in 2009.
Winston County finished 3-8 in 2010 and went 0-10 last season. The Jackets were shutout three times last season and had just one game that was decided by less than 13 points, a 37-33 loss to Carbon Hill.
“Coach Hogan will stay on and handle the offense,” Tidwell said. “We don’t have much time to make changes, especially on offense. This late in the year it’s hard to find an offensive coordinator. I didn’t want to end up settling on somebody and kind of throwing the year away. Coach Hogan was good enough to stay on and help us out. Not to mention, he’s a great offensive coach.”
Tidwell is entering his seventh year of coaching. His career started as an assistant under John Thompson at Winston County. He also spent time on Hogan’s staff before serving as the defensive coordinator at Cherokee High School the last two years.
Tidwell is excited for the opportunity to coach as his alma mater.
“That’s what makes it special. It can be a great situation or they can run me out of here,” Tidwell joked. “I hope it’s the prior.”