1985 Class 1A State Champions 15-0
1985 Alabama Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year
1997 Class 2A State Runner-Up
1997 Alabama Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year
October 29, 2009 Won 200th game defeating Spring Garden 30-0
12 Area/Region Championships
25 Playoff Appearances
William Russell “Rusty” Jacoway sensed as early as 8th grade he was destined to be a head football coach when he would spend his time diagramming plays during study periods. Jacoway was a three-year football letterman at Collinsville High School and a member of the 1975 state championship basketball team. He graduated from Auburn University in 1978. After a couple of assistant roles Jacoway secured a head coaching position at Sand Rock High School. Since that time Jacoway has spent thirty-one seasons prowling the Wildcat sidelines. In total, Jacoway has collected 223 victories and made playoff appearances in 25 of those 31 years. During his tenure, the Wildcats have collected a total of 12 area/region championships. In 1985, Coach Jacoway directed the Wildcats to a 15-0 record and a Class 1A state championship capped with a 14-6 victory over Repton. The magical season was chronicled in the book “Fire on the Mountain” by Douglas Scott Wright.” In 1997, Sand Rock finished as the Class 2A state runner-up. Historically, Jacoway currently ranks 11th overall among Alabama high school football coaches in number of victories at one school. The Alabama Sports Writers has twice honored Jacoway its Coach of the Year. Through the years, Jacoway has served as a mentor to many coaches and athletes. In 1998, the Sand Rock community expressed their sincere appreciation to Coach Jacoway re-naming their stadium in his honor. Jacoway’s impression has been lasting and his enduring legacy generational.