Mike Battles, Sr. Resigns As Handley HS Head Coach
One of the most recognized and accomplished high school football coaches in the state has resigned. Mike Battles Sr. announced Wednesday he is leaving his post at Handley High. Battles' Tigers finished the 2014 season with a 3-7 record (his worst since going 1-9 in 2006). According to published reports, Battles was asked to resign by Handley officials. He won 88 games and went to the postseason five times. His Tigers also won three region titles and the Class 3A state championship in 2011.
Battles is a legendary name (especially in the Wellborn community) where he coaches for several years. The Hall of Famer says he plans to continue coaching.
A quick look at Battles by the numbers:
41 years as Head Coach
Alabama Record: 209-120-1
HC at Wellborn: 1979-92 & 2002-03 (97 wins)
HC at Handley: 2004-14 (88 wins)
Also served as head coach at Pell City (1973), Hueytown (1993-95), Irwin County, GA & three high schools in Mississippi (71 wins out-of-state)