On Monday afternoon the Alabama Football Coaches Association announced their selections for the coach of the year awards. In Class 4A, the Coach of the Year was awarded to Gordo High School head coach, Ryan Lolley.

Coach Lolley led his team to a 13-2 record this season and a state title appearance for the first time in Class 4A (Gordo classified as a 3A school before this season).

"From a personal standpoint it is humbling," Lolley said. "This all goes back to the players. Coaches don't make players, players make coaches. That's what it's all about for me. I get to coach with some amazing assistant coaches as well who work extremely hard for these players and I appreciate all they do for me as well. I dedicate this award to all of them and I receive it on behalf of them."

"He is a great role model for us," said junior quarterback Tanner Bailey. "The best thing about coach Lolley is that he treats us like his own. He corrects us and gets into us, but he does it to make us better. He took this team to the state title game the first year in 4A, that doesn't happen without him. We play for coach Lolley. He is intense, loves to win, but he also wants us to remember that we are winning with our brothers on the team, and that is important to all of us.

This was Lolley's first time winning the award. In his tenure at Gordo High School, Lolley has won 90 games and has an impressive record of 49-2 combined between Class 3A and 4A.

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Tide 100.9 would like to congratulate Gordo Head Coach Ryan Lolley not only on a great football season, but being the 4A Coach of the Year.

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