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Former Tide QB Andrew Zow named head coach at Bessemer City High School

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His career as a starting quarterback for the University of Alabama was filled with highs and lows; however, one cannot take away the leadership that Andrew Zow provided the Crimson Tide in 1999 as he led the program to its first Southeastern Conference title since 1992. 

He has been working up the high school coaching ranks since his playing days at Alabama and according to a report from WVTM 13 (NBC affiliate) in Birmingham, Zow was hired on Monday to be the next head football coach at Bessemer City High School.  

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The Bessemer Board of Education made it official. 

Prior to this opportunity, Zow spent time at Calera, Montevallo, Union County and Oak Mountain in seven years. He went to the playoffs three straight seasons (2015-17) and won 4A Coach of the Year in 2015. Zow takes over a Class 6A program for Derone Fagan, who was let go after the program was hit with probation for conduction illegal practices – per the report.  

Though it has been 17 years since he last played at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Zow’s numbers in the passing game still rank among the best in school history. His 5,983 career yards is fourth all-time, behind Brodie Croyle, John Parker Wilson and AJ McCarron. 

As for his touchdown passes, he tossed 35 – which ties him for seventh all-time.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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