Catholic announced it hired Aubrey Blackwell as its new head football coach on Monday.
Blackwell served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for St. James the past two seasons.
In a statement from Catholic, the school said Blackwell will begin his new position in “mid-January.”
“I will work diligently with my staff to develop a plan offensively and defensively that allows for the best success for our players,” Blackwell said in the statement. “We will work extremely hard on building character, respect, discipline, and toughness on and off the field for our program, each other, and our opponents. Our training and preparation will be key in creating a foundation for success in the future. There will be a process and goal for every drill, lift, rep, and meeting that takes place. I am excited to begin meeting with the families and players to begin building our own ‘Family’ in football.”
Blackwell helped the Trojans to an 8-3 record this season, and the offense averaged 300 yards per game. The last two seasons, St. James has averaged 24.4 points per game.
Prior to joining the Trojans, Blackwell was an assistant at St. Paul’s. He also coached three years of baseball at Campbell University, and three years of baseball at his alma mater, the University of Montevallo.
“We are extremely excited for coach Blackwell and his family to join our community at Montgomery Catholic,” Catholic athletic director Daniel Veres said. “We feel very fortunate to have a man of such high character, faith, and vision leading our student athletes. I look forward to seeing the impact coach Blackwell will be able to have on our athletes and overall community for many years to come.”
Blackwell replaces Gregg Baker, who was 4-15 in two seasons with the Knights. Catholic went 3-6 this season.
Blackwell is the Knights’ fourth coach since 2009. The Knights are looking for their first winning season since 2008.
Catholic will host a reception to welcome Blackwell and his family on Feb. 11.
“We welcome coach Blackwell and his family to Montgomery Catholic,” Catholic president Anne Ceasar said. “I am excited about his vision for our football program and look forward to a long relationship in which Coach will build our program while mentoring our young men.”