EUFAULA, Ala. (WDHN) — Eufaula City Schools has hired Jerrel Jernigan as their Eufaula High School varsity head football coach.  

Jernigan graduated from Eufaula High School in 2007. As quarterback, he led Eufaula to the 2006 Class 5A state title game. At Eufaula High School, he also lettered in basketball and baseball.

Jerrel has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from Troy University. Jernigan played wide receiver at Troy and accumulated nearly 6,000 yards receiving from 2007 to 2010. He was inducted into the Troy Sports Hall of Fame in 2017 and the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. 

Before beginning his coaching career at Eufaula High School in 2015, he was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft and played for the Giants from 2011 to 2014. In addition to coaching wide receivers in Eufaula High School, he has also coached basketball. 

Eufaula City Schools Superintendent Joey Brannan stated, “Jerrel is passionate about his commitment to Eufaula football, our school system, and bringing our community together. I understand he is young, but we feel he is the person to get our program where we want to go. With his leadership, I look forward to the future for Eufaula High School’s football program.”

“I want to thank our superintendent, Joey Brannan; assistant superintendent, Deltonya Warren; Eufaula High School principal, Emily Jackson; and the school board for giving me this opportunity. Eufaula is my place and where I want to be and make a difference in the lives of young people. This is a dream come true. Reaching a goal and being named head coach feels great.” 

Jerrel Jernigan, head football coach of Eufaula High School

Additionally, Jernigan said his first agenda item would be putting his staff together, and one of his primary goals will be packing the stadium again on Friday nights in Eufaula. 

Jernigan has a 10-year-old son named Jabari.