After three years, two state championship appearances, one 7A State Title, and landing a spot on USA Today High School Sport’s national ranking, Caleb Ross is taking his talents to Opelika where he has been named the Bulldogs’ Head Coach.
Who Caleb Ross is Replacing: Brian Blackmon.
Blackmon was the head coach at Opelika for 8 seasons and led the Bulldogs to their first 6A state championship appearance in 2012; Opelika returned to the state championship game this past year where the team fell to Ramsay, 21-16. He leaves Opelika to join Gus Malzahn as a position coach at Auburn University. (Side note: Brian Blackmon is brother of Spanish Fort High School Head Coach, Ben Blackmon.)
Caleb Ross’ Coaching History: Ross has been a part of five state championships throughout his coaching career.
In 2015, Ross led McGill-Toolen to the program’s first ever football state championship in its 97 year history as head coach. The Yellow Jackets returned to the AHSAA 7A state championship in 2016 where they were defeated by the Hoover Bucs, 17-7. Before McGill, Ross was at Spanish Fort High School as the Toros’ offensive coordinator where he won a 5A state title in 2012, but his coaching career started right after he graduated from Samford University back in 2002 on the defensive side of the ball at Clinton High School in Mississippi. He left Clinton in 2005 to be the running backs coach for the Prattville Lions, his alma mater, and was later promoted to offensive coordinator in 2008. While at Prattville, Ross won three state championships in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Ross took his first ever head coaching position in 2011 for the Thompson High School Warriors; he was there for one season and then took over at Spanish Fort as the OC.
We wish both Caleb Ross and Brian Blackmon all the best!