Adam Winegarden is Auburn’s New Head Football Coach
Adam Winegarden will face his old team tonight as they begin a high school football rivalry game between Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa and Wildcats for Week 1. Winegarden previously led Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa and beat Wildcats twice during this rivalry series in 2010 and 2011.
He has served as Auburn’s head coach since 2015 and guided them to six trips into postseason competition since, including winning an Auburn regional title and appearing in an SEC semifinal last season.
Adam Winegarden hails from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As head coach at Hillcrest High School for two seasons – winning their rivalry game with Tuscaloosa County High School both times – Winegarden guided Hillcrest’s Wildcats to two straight rivalry victories against their archrival Tuscaloosa County High School between 2010 and 2011; later coaching three years at Fairhope High School (helping lead them to 12-2 record, region championship, and state semifinal appearance in 2020); his overall career coaching record stands at 119-37!
Achievement and Honors
Winegarden guided Auburn Tigers to six consecutive postseason appearances under his leadership with two regional titles and semifinal appearances during his tenure as head coach, including nearly upsetting reigning state champion Thompson while winning their inaugural West Alabama Super 7 tournament appearance. Additionally, Winegarden served as head coach at Fairhope High for three years and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa for two – both will face-off against one another tonight in what has become a fierce rivalry game that spans decades.
Adam Winegarden serves as head coach of Tuscaloosa County High School Wildcats football team. Prior to this role, he held head coaching responsibilities at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa and Fairhope high schools before spending two seasons coaching Georgia Dalton High. Winegarden boasts an overall career coaching record of 119-37 while 11 out of 13 of his teams made state playoffs during his tenure.
As the Wildcats prepare to face rival Hillcrest in week one of the season, Winegarden highlighted how vitally important this matchup will be for both communities and emphasized the need for mutual respect between all involved – something he hopes can be accomplished this year.
After an exhaustive three-week search, former Fairhope High School coach Adam Winegarden was officially selected by Auburn’s city schools board on recommendation from Superintendent Karen DeLano as their new head football coach and director of football operations on Thursday, according to Opelika-Auburn News reports. He received unanimous approval.
Winegarden joins Auburn after posting a 28-8 record at Fairhope and leading their team into playoff contention each of his three years as head coach. He replaces Tim Carter who left Auburn after nine years and was the school’s winningest coach.
He will receive a base salary of $91,000 and coaching supplement of $32,000, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in Alabama high school football.