ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Enterprise High School football has got its guy.

Ben Blackmon comes to the City of Progress from Spanish Fort, Alabama, and he’s ready to take the Wildcats to new heights.

Blackmon is just getting started with the Wildcats and before he even met with his team he had a message for his players.

“Everything we do matters,” Blackmon said. “From the way we talk, our body language, to our grades as students, to how we behave in the community.”

Blackmon’s approach to a winning culture has proved successful so far.

He’s spent the last seven seasons as head coach of the Spanish Fort Toros going 77-18.

Under Blackmon’s leadership the Toros were the 2019 and 2020 6A state runner ups and the 2015 6A state champions.

While leaving Spanish Fort was tough he’s excited to build something special in Enterprise.

“We’re just excited about the opportunity to come and be part of the community and immerse ourselves in and try to build a football program where the kids love each other and and they love their coaches and they love their community and build that sense of pride. I’m just extremely excited for this opportunity.”

2022 will mark his 22nd year of coaching, his 17th as a head coach.

He played high school ball at Lee Montgomery before walking on to Troy’s team in the late nineties, eventually earning a scholarship and the back up quarterback position.

He was an assistant at Opelika for six and a half years before he got his first head coaching job at Greenville at just 28-years-old.

He spent four years with the Tigers, then four years at Gulf Shores before taking over at Spanish Fort in 2015.

As he prepares to take on another new challenge, he believes he and his coaching staff can take Enterprise to the next level.

“It won’t be just me alone. It’ll be a staff of the coaches that pour into our kids that develop a bond and a relationship with them and get them to believe in who they are and what they’re doing and what they’re playing for. I think we can do that.”

Coach Blackmon replaces Rick Darlington, who went to coach in his home state of Florida after three seasons with the Wildcats.

Blackmon will lead his team out of the tunnel at Wildcat Stadium for the first time for a week zero match up against Bay High of Panama City on Aug. 19.