James Clemens Hires New Head Football Coach

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — At a Madison City Schools special board of education meeting Thursday morning superintendent Dee Fowler approved the hiring of Wade Waldrop as James Clemens High School’s new head football coach.

Waldrop, his wife Kim and three young children come to Madison from Shelby County. Waldrop has served as Chelsea High School‘s athletic director and head coach since 2006.

Wade Waldrop

James Clemens’ principal Brian Clayton says the search process took a little over a month and attracted over 100 applicants. Clayton says the interview committee narrowed the applicant pool from 10 candidates to ten then three before selecting the highly recommended Waldrop.

“My family is very excited about the opportunity to move to North Alabama and be a part of this community and a part of this new school.” said Waldrop and he addressed school board members.

Colleagues describe Waldrop as a man with strong morals who is capable of mentoring young students on and off the field.

Coach Madison “Wade” Waldrop replaces Bill Stewart who in mid-January accepted an administrative job with the Jackson County school system in Georgia.

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