Former W.S. Neal coach Brandon Wilcox lands new job at Escambia Academy

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It didn’t take long for Brandon Wilcox to find a new job.

The former W.S. Neal head coach was named head football coach and athletic director at Escambia Academy this morning.

“I’m extremely excited and can’t wait to get started at Escambia Academy,” Wilcox said in a statement to “I’m a big believer that God opens doors for us where He wants us, and I have no doubt this opportunity has been paved by Him.”

In a social media message last week, Wilcox announced that the W.S. Neal administration had informed him they were making a change at the school. Ironically, former Escambia Academy head coach Hugh Fountain was approved as head coach there Monday.
Escambia Academy won 94 games and a pair of AISA state titles in a decade under Fountain. The Cougars have played for the Class AA state championship each of the last six years.
“Escambia Academy has a rich championship tradition, and we want to continue to build on that,” Wilcox said. “The expectations will be extremely high, and as a coach, you wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Wilcox, a graduate of T.R. Miller, was hired at W.S. Neal in April of 2021 to replace Andro Williams. The Eagles struggled in Year 1, going 0-10.
He spent the 2020 season as the offensive coordinator at Center Point.
Prior to that, Wilcox spent two seasons as head coach at Class 1A Marion County and four as head coach at Class 3A/4A Montevallo. He has an overall head coaching record of 38-40.
He said Tuesday he is ready for the challenge at Escambia Academy.
“Our brand of football will play at a high tempo, with exceptional effort and with exceptional physicality,” he said. “We will utilize our speed, quickness and explosive athleticism. On and off the field, our program will resonate an attitude of positive energy, passion and intensity. It is a great day to be a EA Cougar.”

Welcome Letter 2018

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August 5, 2018

Dear Escambia Academy Families:

We are very excited about starting the 2018-19 school year. Our number one goal for this year is to “give each child a year that will have a positive influence on their life, for a lifetime.”

As most of you know, this will be my first full year as the headmaster at Escambia Academy. I have learned much this summer. I have woken each morning with doing what is best for your child in my mind and in my heart. Getting our curriculum stronger, making our staff better and maintenance of the buildings and grounds has been my number one priorities. It has been a fulfilling summer and now it is time for “the rubber to hit the road.”

We will have a “meet and greet” on Tuesday August 7th from 3:00 until 6:00pm. This is optional, but we’d love to have you come by. Feel free to visit the classroom and ask questions to the teachers. At Escambia Academy, we believe that the strongest link to your child’s education is the teacher/parent link. The lunchroom will also be open if you have any questions.

Wednesday is the first day of school for students and school starts at 7:45am each day. Students are considered tardy if they are not in the room when the bell rings at 7:50. Please be sure students are dressed appropriately each day. Students are not required to wear chapel uniforms until Wednesday, August 15th. Please be aware that Chapel uniforms are required for students (Skirts and white button up shirts for females / Long Khaki pants and button up white shirts for males) Every Wednesday. School will be full days on Thursday and Friday (school dismissal at 3:00).

We are going to provide an enrichment elective for grades 1 thru 4 this year. We are also providing middle school physical education/ weight lifting separate from the high school. We are also adding Art, Mentoring, Basic Vocational Tech class (home repair, basic carpentry), duel enrollment, and office aides to our high school electives. Hopefully all individual schedules are complete since that time has already passed.

In closing, if you have any questions or complaints please send them by way: Text, email or call. Nobody can help you with a school problem at EA better than myself. Dawn Kelly will be our new Office Manager this year and can be reached at 251-368-2080. WE ARE FAMILY!



Coach Hugh Fountain



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Cost: $25.00 AGES 6-18


ALL PLAYERS NEED: Glove, Cap, Cleats and if player is a catcher own gear (Bat and Helmet if possible)
ALL CATCHERS NEED: Your own Catchers’ gear

Pizza and Gatorade provided during the day
Early registration can be emailed to: by June 25th to receive a camp shirt
Online payment via PayPal
Day of Registration: June 5th @ 8am




Escambia Academy 2018 HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth) representatives!

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Congratulations to Sophomores Madelyn Smith, Gaines Tanner, and Anna Ruth Smith being selected as the Escambia Academy 2018 HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth) representatives!

These three amazing sophomores were chosen by their teachers based on their attitudes, leadership qualities, and motivation to make great changes in their school and community. They will attend the HOBY conference at Troy University this summer. We are so proud of all three of them!