Huntsville Al (al.com) Jack Doss is no longer the Butler basketball coach.
Doss retired after 29 seasons and five state titles at Butler about three weeks ago. But then another door and another opportunity came knocking.
That means a new title. Butler coach Jack Doss is now the head coach at J.O. Johnson. Doss, 66, was approved by the Huntsville City school board less than an hour ago.
Doss will just coach at the school. He won’t have any teaching duties.
“I met with the players,” Doss said. “They have some great upcoming senior talent and some great freshmen talent. This is really exciting.”
Doss said the program doesn’t have another Trevor Lacey on the roster, but it looks like a deeper stable of talent than he ever had at Butler.
The J.O. Johnson job came open after former Parker coach Maurice Ford was not retained. That wasn’t easy for Doss as he considers Ford a friend, not to mention a respected coaching colleague.
“I hate it for Maurice,” Doss said. “He’s had a tough time up here. He’s had a number of different principals and the moves really haven’t been fair to him. I had retired and they were going to let Maurice go and they called me and they said he wouldn’t be back.”
Doss said they offered him the job at that time, but he said no.
“They came back later and asked me again and they said I could do it and work with adminstration with the principal and coach. So I prayed about it and thought about it and just said ‘Let’s do it’ and here we are.”
Ford actually beat one of his teams for the first time this postseason at the Northwest Regional. Madison County wound up beating J.O. Johnson in the Class 4A state championship game at the BJCC back in March.
“I was retired and thought maybe I’d take a year off and then take a look possibly at what was out there,” Doss said. “It had to be a great opportunity to come along and this was a really great one I get the chance to be a part of here.”
Doss spent 29 years at Butler. He was at Hayes High in Birmingham for two seasons. He coached at a middle school in Anniston for three years and also a head coach in Orlando for another two years.
He won the Class 4A title at Butler in 2011. He ripped off Class 5A crowns in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009 with the program. That 2004 title was the first state championship at Butler since 1966.