Demopolis has its next football coach pending board approval at Thursday afternoon’s meeting. The Tigers are expected to tab Mary G. Montgomery coach Brian Seymore to lead the program in the wake of Stacy Luker’s departure in December 2016.
“I’m humbled at the opportunity to come back to Demopolis. As far as I’m concerned, I’m coming behind the likes of Coach (Doug) Goodwin, Coach (Stacy) Luker and Coach (Tom) Causey and they all have a state championship under their belt. That sets the expectations right there,” Seymore said of his next destination. “In my career I’ve kind of been looked at as a guy that comes in and rebuilds programs. I’ve always been excited about going to a place where we had a chance to win a state championship and I think Demopolis is that place. Living up to expectations in Demopolis is living up to expectations each and every year for a deep playoff run. And I think that’s what you’ve got to set each and every time you walk in the door.”
Seymore is 8-12 in the past two season at Mary Montgomery, a run that follows a seven-year stretch at Andalusia where he was 46-29.
“The experience in larger programs. Andalusia is a city school system and Mary Montgomery is a 7A program. That experience really kind of caught my eye,” Demopolis City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff said. “Brian has kind of an old school streak in him. He talked about how he’s going to interact with parents and hold kids accountable in the classroom. That’s something that is non-negotiable. He understands small town quarterback club involvement as well as youth league involvement.”
“I’m big on integrity,” Seymore said of his focus for student-athletes under his tutelage. “I think there’s a right way and I want to do it the right way on the football field in the classroom and in the community. I think it’s a privilege to play football and I want the kids to take it that way.”
Seymore began his coaching career at Pike Liberal Arts in Troy where he was 15-7 from 2004-2005. His best year as a coach came in 2011 where his Andalusia squad was 10-1 with 398 points scored and only 119 allowed.
“We’re going to be a spread option attack. We’ll be multiple in what we do, multiple formations and multiples tempos. We like to spread the ball around a lot, a lot of RPOs, run-pass options. Our kids like it because we spread the ball around. We want to run the football,” Seymore said before turning his attention to his bread and butter, the defensive side of the ball. “Organized chaos. I want our kids moving around. I want to be in your face. We want to challenge receivers. WE want to put as much pressure on that quarterback as we can. I think that’s how you do it, multiple fronts, multiple blitz schemes. I love the defensive side of the ball and I think we’re going to be very aggressive on that side also.”
Seymore aims to be in attendance at Thursday’s board meeting.