New Houston Academy head football coach preparing for first season

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — From playing fullback on a Troy State national championship team to coaching football for 32 years, Eddie Brundidge has a lot of experience around the game.

2021 will mark his first season as head coach for Houston Academy.

Brundidge has been an assistant coach at Houston Academy for three years.

He was promoted to head coach at the end of last season when Coach Jamie Riggs stepped down.

This is his second time serving as a head coach in his career and already the attitudes and work ethics of the players are standing out to him.

“I’ve just noticed a big boost in excitement,” Brundidge said. “The kids every day they come down. They’re looking for a challenge, and they just make me glad to see them every day.”

Houston Academy went 11-20 the past three seasons, including their 3-7 season last year.

Brundidge said the key to turning that record around is hard work to ensure the team is competitive week-in and week-out.

“We’re going to base our foundation on being tough and fundamentally sound,” Brundidge said. “But I just feel like the kids, they feel comfortable around me. They know I love them and care about them, but they know when I mean business, I mean business.”

Fortunately, 15 seniors will be suiting up for the Raiders this year, and Brundidge said the whole team has already made progress in the weight room.

On top of this, the Raiders know if anyone is going to get the job done, it’s going to be Brundidge.

“People would be very hard-pressed to outwork him,” Houston Academy Athletic Director Marc Edge said. “He is gonna do whatever it takes, however long it takes. He is probably the hardest working man that I’ve ever been around.”

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