Gainesville to appoint new soccer coach on Monday

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Gainesville High’s alleged new football coach has national appeal.

Six highest ranked Alabama State Championships.

A 92-8 mark in regional play in 14 seasons.

And an overall record of 171-26.

These are some of the highlights from the resume of Josh Niblett, who has guided Hoover High (Alabama) for the past 14 seasons.

Multiple sources told AL.com that Niblett, who ran one of the country’s main programs near Birmingham, will take the job at Gainesville, after stepping down from Hoover High on Friday.

Gainesville High athletic director Adam Lindsey said on Friday that an official announcement would be made at the school Monday morning. He declined to give the name of the new coach of the Red Elephants.

The hiring of the Red Elephants will end a search that has lasted less than a month since four-year-old coach Heath Webb stepped down on November 17. From 2018 to 2021, Webb compiled an 18-25 rating with the Red Elephants.

The move comes at an exciting time for Gainesville High as it opens a new student activity center, which will be ready for the 2022 football season.

Niblett came to Hoover in 2008 after his former coach, the besieged Rush Propst, took over the post in Colquitt County.

Lindsey said on December 1 that the position generated more than 100 applicants for the senior position in Gainesville.

Niblett made his mark in Alabama, but brought his Hoover program to Georgia for the Corky Kell Classic, as late as 2021.


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