Pike Road introduces Eufaulas Ed Rigby as new head football coach

Ed Rigby is ready to start at Pike Road High School.

Rigby was announced as the Patriots’ new head coach on Friday morning.

“It’s amazing what this school system and these kids, coaches and administration have accomplished over the past seven years,” Rigby said. “Developing a team that wins a 5A state championship (so quickly) is difficult to accomplish. Now it’s the next step. The school system is growing, we’re going to class 6A and we’re playing in a region with teams that I know very well. It’s going to be a challenge. Class 5A and Class 6A are very different. But we are working with a clean slate. This school went from class 3A to class 5A and conquered 5A. Now the challenge is to try and conquer 6A.”

Rigby comes to Pike Road from Eufaula. During four seasons with the Tigers, he led them to a 28-18 record and four straight Class 6A playoff appearances.

He replaces Patrick Browning, the Pike Road’s first head coach who led the Patriots to a 42-7 record. Browning is the new head coach at Greenville.

“When the committee selected him and when I did my research, I knew this was the man for Pike Road,” said Keith Lankford, superintendent of Pike Road Schools. “I look forward to the future and everyone moving forward together.”

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Former Eufaula manager Ed Rigby has been appointed as Pike Road’s head football manager. (Jeff Lee/Contributed)

Pike Road Principal Andrea Maness said Rigby was a good fit with the school and the community.

“Pike Road High School has already built a very strong tradition in athletics,” said Maness. “In the first four years that we have varsity programs, we’ve already been on the card and brought home four blue cards (championship trophies). In four years of football we have made the playoffs every year and have an overall record of 42-7. This is phenomenal. And as everyone knows we are the current 5A national champions which means we need a champion coach and that is exactly what we have found for our community.”

Prior to Eufaula, Rigby was the head coach at Elba High School from 2013-17 and led the Class 2A Tigers to a 53-12 record, a state title and a runner-up finish. He has coached at the collegiate and high school levels since beginning his coaching career in 1994 and has 20 years of experience as a high school head coach.

He likes what Rigby sees on Pike Road. But he also plans to add his own touch to some areas.

“When you come to a new place, you have your own spin and your own way of doing things. Part of a new job is bringing something new to the table,” Rigby said. “There are so many great things that the program is already doing. We’re going to keep some of the things and change some of the others.

“This program has been successful and my job is to come in and see where we can add this and this. I’m not going to go into detail just yet, but there are things I have in mind and things I’ve already discussed with some of the coaches that I’ll look at and try to implement that will help our boys succeed (at the 6A level).”

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