By Thomas Sellers Jr.
For weeks the administration of Munford High School have searched for the next leader of the football program.
Several candidates inquired, applied and interviewed to be the successor of Matt Saunders. With the input of the returning Cougar players the Munford decision makers were ready to announce today who would be the next head coach of the Munford Football program.
“We wanted to put in front of you somebody who knows the route from a place like Munford High to a place like the University of Alabama,” MHS Assistant Principal Courtney Fee said, “that knows the route from a place like Munford High to the NFL.”
As Ahmaad Galloway was led in by MHS Athletic Director Mike Huffman into the weight room, Fee announced his name to the players gathered as the new coach.
“It’s a tremendous honor when you consider what we’re doing here academically,” Galloway said. “I just think this is a coach’s dream job as far as the support system.
“It feels good at the heart,” he added. “I really felt like this is a situation God has led me. Often time as coaches, we go searching. I felt like I was led here.”
Galloway takes over a Cougar program is good shape after two straight playoff appearances and a win over his alma mater Millington in the M&M Bowl.
Back in the late 1990s Galloway set several rushing records for the Millington Trojans leading to a scholarship to The University of Alabama. After wrapping up his playing days for the Crimson Tide in 2002, Galloway was drafted by the Denver Broncos.
Fee expressed to the players Galloway’s credentials on the field were impressive, but the administration selected him as the new leader of the program for other reasons.
“When we listen to your (players) feedback and heard what you had to say, we took that to heart,” she said. “This decision was made through a very long, thought out and deliberate process. As we said to you each the last time, ‘Your future is our priority.’ As we went through that interview process and as I talked to every reference on this person that I could find, what I heard over and over again was, ‘Heck of a role model, great with kids, great with the public and knows the game from the highest level.’
“This man will teach you how to be a young man,” she added. “When it comes to being in that classroom, we will see model from him that has a commitment to the classroom, has a commitment the image and a commitment to what you do on that football field.”
Galloway said his past, present and future will serve as a model for his players.
“I’m currently at Christian Brothers working on a PhD,” he noted. “I just hope they can see my actions day to day. In my mind, I’m still a work in progress.”
Galloway’s progression will be made easier working with the existing Munford Football coaching staff. And being familiar with the community growing up just down the road, Galloway said he will start soon getting to know his team with a players’ only meeting and parents meeting.
“I think that’s important not only for myself but for the team as well,” he said. “People need to know we’re alive and well and that we’re certainly moving.”
Moving forward the Cougars under new Head Coach Ahmaad Galloway will build this offseason to prepare for a tough schedule in 2013 that will feature the M&M Bowl against Millington. Galloway said both Millington and Munford helped him reach the highs in his athletic and academic careers making him the choice of the MHS administration.
“Just thankful for both communities,” he concluded. “I left this place going to the University of Alabama. I didn’t want to disappoint the people of Millington, or the people in Munford. These two communities help produce the product that people saw at Alabama.”