Dale Pruitt, the father of Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt, is the new head coach at Dade County High in northwest Georgia.
Hired on Monday, Dale Pruitt has a record of 289-138 in 38 seasons as a head coach, 36 of those in his native Alabama.
Pruitt coached most recently at Albertville, a school about 60 miles southwest of Dade County, and led that program to three playoff appearances in four seasons.
Pruitt is best known for two stints at Plainview, his alma mater. Plainview, also not far from Dade County in northeast Alabama, won 10 area titles and made two appearances in Class 3A championship games under Pruitt. Son Jeremy was the quarterback and an all-state defensive back on Plainview’s 1991 state runner-up before moving on to play at Middle Tennessee and Alabama.
Dale Pruitt’s youngest son, Luke, had been a defensive coordinator at Albertville but got his first head-coaching position last year at Pisgah High in Alabama.
At Dade, Pruitt will replace Bradley Warren, who left his alma mater this off-season to become head coach at McIntosh County Academy. Warren’s teams were 47-67 in 11 seasons, 1-9 in 2018.
“Over the years I’ve played against Dade County teams and was always impressed with how tough they were,” Dale Pruitt told the Chattanooga Free-Press. “I believe we can compete here. I like the atmosphere and the excitement around the program, and I’m very humbled and thankful for the opportunity.”
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