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 John Blackmon 

John Blackmon played football for two years at Sylacauga High before graduating in 1973. He then graduated from Auburn University before starting his coaching career as an assistant football coach at Randolph County High School.

After one year at Randolph County he spent two years as an assistant football coach at Villa Rica High School in Georgia. Blackmon returned to Alabama and spent five years (1983-87) as an assistant football coach at Benjamin Russell High in Alexander City. In 1988, he was named the head football coach at Leroy High School in southwest Alabama.

In six seasons at Leroy his Bears finished a combined 51-21 with the last four teams winning region titles and making the playoffs. Blackmons 1993 edition of the Bears posted a 13-1 record.

Coach Blackmon took the head football coaching position at his alma mater in 1994. Sylacauga was 1-9 the year prior to his arrival and finished 0-10 in his first season.

His next five teams qualified for the playoffs and won four region titles. He spent a total of ten seasons at Sylacauga with a record of 63-48.

In 2004, Blackmon accepted the head football job at Jackson High School. He stayed for four seasons before retiring as a head football coach in Alabama.

His overall record stands at 132-92 in 20 years as a head football coach. His teams won eight area and region titles and qualified for the playoffs 11 times.

Known Record:  132-92-0   58.9%
 Season Total   Playoffs   Region Record 
 Team   Season  Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T  PF  PA   Region  Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Jackson2007 4A3-7226232R13-4159146
Jackson2006 4A6-4270276R14-3213194
Jackson2005 4A6-52922800-12021R15-2187179
Jackson2004 4A3-7183293R12-5141224
 4 Years18-2397110810-1202114-14700743
Sylacauga2003 5A2-8140227R30-768191
Sylacauga2002 5A5-5201187R32-585144
Sylacauga2001 5A7-42172180-11431R65-2164133
Sylacauga2000 5A3-7145166R63-4127114
Sylacauga1999 5A6-52491720-11421R8#3-012020
Sylacauga1998 5A12-13721012-15120R8#3-08218
Sylacauga1997 5A13-14511793-18463R8#3-016349
Sylacauga1996 5A9-23121590-13134R82-110360
Sylacauga1995 5A6-52131290-1720R8#3-0757
Sylacauga1994 5A0-1078250R80-31283
 10 Years63-48237817885-620118924-22999819
Leroy1993 2A13-1319513-17729R1#3-0830
Leroy1992 2A10-42641093-17153R1#2-15628
Leroy1991 2A11-1253421-13528R1#4-010214
Leroy1990 2A10-2308831-12932R1#4-012825
Leroy1989 2A3-786168R12-25792
Leroy1988 2A4-6105164R11-334109
 6 Years51-2113356178-421214216-6460268
 20 Years132-924684348613-1143335254-4221591830

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