It’s not easy to be the head coach at Valdosta, America’s all-time leader in high school football victories. Alan Rodemaker discovered that Tuesday night when he was fired by the Valdosta School Board by a vote of 5-4.
Rodemaker was hired as Valdosta’s head coach before the 2016 season. In his first season, he led the Wildcats to their first state title since 1998. That season, Valdosta finished No. 30 in the High School Football America national rankings. Rodemaker’s four-year record was 36-17, including a 10-3 mark this year. This year, the Wildcats climbed as high as No. 41 in the High School Football America 100.
Rodemaker’s firing means the city will have two new head coaches in 2020. Last month, longtime Lowndes head coach Randy McPherson retired.