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Vestavia Hills High School football coach Buddy Anderson to retire

Buddy Anderson June 11, 2020 — The Vestavia Hills Board of Education this morning approved the retirement of Buddy Anderson, longtime head football coach at Vestavia Hills High School.

Anderson’s retirement from full-time duty is effective July 1. The 2020 football season will be his last as head coach.

Anderson is Vestavia Hills City Schools’ longest continuously-serving employee, with 48 years of service. To date, Anderson has won 342 games and has led the Rebels to 31 playoff appearances, winning state championships in 1980 and 1998. He is the winningest football coach at any level in the state’s history, passing Paul W. “Bear” Bryant with the most wins in 2016. 

Anderson was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Hall of Fame in 2018, becoming one of only 12 individuals from Alabama to receive this prestigious honor. The football field at Vestavia Hills High School was named in his honor in 2002.

Following the Board of Education meeting this morning, VHCS Superintendent Todd Freeman, Ed.D., said of Anderson:

Coach Anderson distinguishes himself as a man of the highest character, driven by his faith. He has consistently modeled humility, respect, kindness, compassion, and love for those he coached, taught, and worked with. He is the epitome of an exceptional educator. His calling in life is one that has been solely focused on helping young people develop character, knowledge, and skills to be good citizens. No matter whether he is giving instruction to an athlete or tutoring a student in academics, his heart has been solely invested in their wellbeing.

In my short time in Vestavia Hills City Schools, Coach Anderson has been a source of wisdom and encouragement to me. He has always made time to visit with me and simply talk about life, faith, and our role as educators. He affirmed to me that his calling to influence young people is still a fire in his soul, and I look forward to him continuing to be a valuable part of our team.