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Enterprise Wildcats

 Russell Taylor 

Russell L. Taylor was a native of Tallassee and attended Wetumpka High School and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1933, where he was a teammate with Paul "Bear" Bryant.

Arriving at Enterprise in 1934, Coach Taylor was faced with the awesome responsibility of coaching all sports, including football, track, baseball, and basketball during his years at Enterprise from 1934 until 1951.

Six of his basketball teams competed in the state tournament and Coach Taylor became the first Enterprise football coach to win 100 games, compiling a record of 102-42-10, including two undefeated seasons in 1935 and 1945.

In 1952 Coach Taylor moved over to Dothan High School where he coached track, baseball, and basketball. His 1954 football team appeared in the post-season Peanut Bowl and six of his seven basketball teams competed in the state tournament. The 1953 basketball squad was runner-up and the 1954 squad won the state championship.

He was also the Dothan head football coach from 1952-1955.

Taylor was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. His dedication to creating sound athletic programs and better athletic facilities, Coach Taylor established the first lighted football field and indoor basketball gymnasium in the Enterprise area.

Taylor was inducted into the 2003 Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Wiregrass Hall of Fame. Although he died in 1977, his memory is honored each year through the awarding of the Russell Taylor Memorial Trophy to the winner of the Dothan-Enterprise football game.

Known Record:  116-65-11   64.1%
 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 
Dothan1955 2-758153
Dothan1954 7-312871
Dothan1953 3-6121155
Dothan1952 3-5-1114142
 4 Years15-21-14215210-0000-000
Enterprise1950 0-8-266182
Enterprise1949 2-7-198118
Enterprise1948 6-2-114863
Enterprise1947 4-2-313161
Enterprise1946 7-1-120432
Enterprise1945 9-028433
Enterprise1944 8-122924
Enterprise1943 5-414092
Enterprise1942 5-2-213764
Enterprise1941 6-211952
Enterprise1940 7-214252
Enterprise1939 8-117621
Enterprise1938 2-738161
Enterprise1937 8-212766
Enterprise1936 8-119913
Enterprise1935 9-025725
Enterprise1934 7-218841
 17 Years101-44-10268311000-0000-000
 21 Years116-65-11310416210-0000-000

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