The Section football program did not have to look far to find its new leader.
Scottsboro assistant coach Chris Hammon was officially hired as the school’s new head football coach during Wednesday’s Jackson County Board of Education meeting.
Hammon replaces Luke Powell, two stepped down in April after two seasons to join the coaching staff at Guntersville.
“Section is a great community with great people,” Hammon said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to be there and be a part of it. When I got into the profession, the goal was to be a head coach one day. I think the last few years have prepared me for the opportunity.”
Hammon has been defensive assistant coach the past three seasons at Scottsboro the past three seasons after coaching at his alma mater Valley Head the previous 16 seasons.
Hammon was able to work the past week with the team during spring practice and led the team into Thursday night’s spring jamboree scrimmages with Valley Head and Sylvania.
“It was good to get to get in here (during spring practice) and evaluate the kids,” he said. “It’s gone well. We’ve got a good core group of kids. They’re responding well.”
Hammon said he would draw off his experiences as an assistant coach during his head-coaching tenure.
“I’ve worked with some great coaches,” Hammon said. “At Scottsboro, Coach (Don) Jacobs and Coach (Patrick) Nix were proven coaches that have had success coaching in college and in high school. I’ll incorporate some things from my brother, too.”
Hammon’s brother is Charles Hammon, who has been the head coach at Chattooga High School in Summerville, Georgia since 2014. Charles Hammon was also Valley Head’s head coach from 201-04.
Hammon said he enjoyed his time at Scottsboro and is excited about the possibilities at Section.
Above all, Hammon wants to produce players who win on and off the field.
“My goal is to get these kids to not just win in football, but win in life,” he said. “I want to use football as the tool to help them do that.”