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The Bessemer City Board Of Education has hired former Alabama Crimson Tide Quarterback, Andrew Zow to lead the Bessemer City High School Purple Tigers Football Team.

Andrew Zow has been the head coach for the Calera High School Eagles for the past three seasons and was the head coach of the Montevallo High School Bulldogs for four seasons before that. He has led high school teams to three playoff berths in his seven seasons as a high school football coach. The Alabama Sports Writers Association named Zow as the Class 4A Coach Of The Year after leading the Montevallo Bulldogs to a 9 - 3 in 2014.

Zow was the quarterback for the University Of Alabama between 1998 - 2001 where he guided the Alabama Crimson Tide to an SEC Championship and held records for passing yards, total yards, and passing touchdowns. He passed for 5,983 yards and 35 touchdowns in four seasons for the Crimson Tide.

“I love helping young people on and off the field develop into great football players and great people,” said Coach Zow.

Zow comes to the Bessemer City High School Purple Tigers with an impressive resume that includes Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director for Calera High School, Head Football, Track, and Golf coach and Assistant Atheltic Director at Montevallo High School, Quarterback coach at Oak Mountain and Head Football and Track coach and Athletic Director at Union County High School.

“Our students deserve the very best. I have a lot of respect for the hard work, dedication, and professionalism that Andrew Zoe has displayed throughout his career, “ said Bessemer City School Superintendent Dr. Keith Stewart

The Bessemer City Purple Tigers have been to the playoffs six straight years in a row. With the addition of Coach Andrew Zow at the helm, it looks like the Purple Tigers will continue to be one of the dominant powerhouses in the region.