Blevins returns to alma mater
by Johnathan Bentley
Jul 30, 2013 | 4375 views | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Sumiton Christian girls basketball coach Justin Blevins has taken the job as the Dora head softball coach. Blevins will also be the offensive line/defensive ends coach with the football team. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Former Sumiton Christian girls basketball coach Justin Blevins has taken the job as the Dora head softball coach. Blevins will also be the offensive line/defensive ends coach with the football team. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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DORA — Justin Blevins is back home.

The 2004 Dora High School graduate was recently hired as the head girls softball coach and assistant football coach at his alma mater.

He spent the last six years at Sumiton Christian High School, where he was an assistant baseball and football coach. He served as the Eagles’ girls basketball coach last season.

“When I was in college, my goal was to come back to Dora to coach,” Blevins said. “It’s great to have this opportunity.”

Blevins’ high school football coach Johnny Wright — who returned as the Bulldogs’ head coach last season — played a role in bringing Blevins from Sumiton Christian to Dora.

“About three or four weeks ago, I got a call from coach Wright. He said they had a history spot along with the head softball coach and assistant football coach open and he asked if I was interested,” said Blevins, who interviewed for the position shortly thereafter.

“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to come back to Dora. It’s kind of like I’ve never been gone. Walking the halls still feels the same and the football team is doing the same things we did back then,” said Blevins, who played offensive and defensive line for Wright from 2001-03.

He will coach offensive line and defensive ends for the Bulldogs this season.

Blevins inherits a Dora softball team that won just two games last season. This will be Blevins’ first time coaching a softball team.

He served as an assistant for Sumiton Christian baseball coach Lance Blair each of the last six years.

“When I first applied for the (Dora) job, I started talking to coach (Jessica) Aderholt. She’s been a great help for me,” Blevins said of Aderholt, the Sumiton Christian softball coach who has led the Eagles to the state tournament each of the last five years.

“She runs a great program and I’ve started to get tips from her.”

Blevins met with his team for the first time last week.

“I had a great first meeting with them. I think they are fired up about playing. I told them that we are going to turn the whole program around. It starts from the top and goes down. I promised the girls at the meeting that we are going to change things around here and get it headed in the right direction. Softball is really big around here and it’s growing. I feel like we are going to be competitive next year,” Blevins said.

He is no stranger to building programs. Blevins helped get Sumiton Christian’s girls basketball program on solid ground.

“At Sumiton Christian, I inherited a team that had three players in the entire program. When I left, we have over 30,” Blevins said. “We had one senior last year and they should have a great team coming back.”

Sumiton Christian finished 13-14 last season in Blevins’ first year as head coach.

Blevins, 27, and his wife Ashlyn are expecting their first child in December.