Central Football Ends Coaching Search with Local Splash Hire
By WVUA Student Sports Reporter Jeremy Bryant
The Central High School football did not take long in finding its new direction. The Tuscaloosa City School Board approved the hire of Demario Pippen as the Falcons new head football coach.
The Falcons endured a disappointing 2-8 season, and it was capped off by the resignation of former coach Rodney Bivens Jr., and leaving the team with a big hole to fill to get the program to be more competitive in the Class 6A division. Bivens Jr. went 8-22 in his three years at Central and failed to make a playoff appearance.
Pippens brings a homecoming-type feeling after being one of the more notable former players during his time at the school, including leading the team to a Class 4A state championship in 2007. Pippen previously held the athletic director position at Eastwood Middle School and will now go from strapping up the pads to putting on the headset with the goal of bringing hope back to the Central High School faithful.
After leaving Central, Pippen went on to play a few successful years at Jackson State and Tuskegee before going through NFL rookie mini camp with the Denver Broncos, and playing a couple years in the arena league for the Minnesota Axemen.
Pippen and the Falcons seemed to be a match made in heaven for a program that is looking for results and he certainly believes he is the right man for the job as this will be his first coaching position.