Carver High has hired former Alabama State University coach Reggie Barlow as its new football coach, Carver principal Christopher Lindsey confirmed Wednesday afternoon by text message.
Barlow was offered the position just prior to Christmas, but at that time Lindsey said that the hiring was "unofficial until he clears through MCSD human resources."
The position came open after Joseph Kegler stepped away after three seasons. He led the Tigers for three seasons, going 28-7 with two region championships, but the team was knocked out of the state playoffs in the first round each of the past two seasons.
The first-round exit this past season was especially troubling for Carver supporters. Drew, a No. 4 seed, routed Carver 70-34.
"I asked my close football alumni and other coaches I trust about him and they gave me favorable comments regarding his experience and abilities as a coach," Lindsey said.
Barlow is Alabama State's winningest coach with a 49-42 record in eight seasons. He led the Hornets to the Southwest Athletic Conference championship game in 2010. He accepted a three-year contract extension before the 2014 season. Just three months later, the school fired him after a 7-5 season.
Barlow filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school. According to the Montgomery Advertiser, Barlow and a ASU trustee, Herbert Young, got into a physical altercation during a deposition. Barlow and his attorney, Donald Jackson, said that Young became angry during questioning and the incident turned physical after a benign comment by Barlow.
Barlow and Young each filed assault charges against the other, according to the Advertiser. Barlow's charges were dismissed. Young's will be after he completes an anger management course. Barlow's lawsuit against the school was dismissed earlier this month.
A Montgomery judge said the university's board of trustees had not yet approved the contract, so it was not finalized. Barlow played wide receiver at Alabama State and was taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1996 NFL draft. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including during their Super Bowl-winning season of 2002.
Barlow coached former Carver star Isaiah Crowell for the 2012-13 seasons. "Him coaching Crowell was a consideration and how he welcomed him while at ASU," Lindsey said.
Barlow is scheduled to meet with Carver's players and parents on Tuesday.
Kegler, who has said he would remain as the school's athletic director, took over for Dell McGee, who left after eight seasons with 88 wins and a state championship in 2007. McGee led the Tigers to no worse than a berth in the state quarterfinals for seven straight seasons.
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