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.”


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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)
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Day of Registration: June 5th @ 8am




State Champs! Back to back

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The Escambia Academy Boys Track Team won the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) AAA 2016 State Track & Field Meet State Championship April 13 and 14 in Selma.

This is a back-to-back state championship for the team. Not only did they win the championship, they broke state records along the way.

Kris Brown set a new AISA state record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.76 seconds in the preliminaries, and he broke it in the finals with a time of 10.72 seconds. Kris broke a record that had been standing for 29 years.

In the 4×100-meter relay, the EA relay team – Fred Flavors, Patrick McGhee, Trey Turner, and Kris Brown – set a new AISA state record of 44.33 seconds, breaking the previous record of 44.40 seconds set in 1999 by the Morgan Academy relay team.


On the girls team, Mikayla Spruill was named co-MVP, tying with Tuscaloosa Academy’s Kalin Burt with 44 points. This is Mikayla’s fourth MVP. She is a senior this year.











Kris Brown was named boys MVP for the second year in a row.








Many thanks to Ditto Gorme for photos and assistance with this article.

Alan Ash an Escambia Academy 2009 Alumni completed the 2016 Boston Marathon with a time of 02:31:16

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Alan Ash an Escambia Academy 2009 Alumni completed the 2016 Boston Marathon with a time of 02:31:16 and overall place of 39th. (As of 12:54 pm unofficial results). We will post official results when released.

Alan ran cross country while attending Vanderbilt. He is now a sociology teacher and cross country coach at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery.

His 2009 1600 meter run is still AISA record with a time of 4:34.86

This is not his first Boston Marathon and improves his time each year.
2015 127 overall time of 2:33:47
2014 148 overall time of 2:33:54
Alan is son of Dale and Alan Ash both mother and father are EA Alumni. Alan’s brother Matthew also graduated from EA.
Congratulations Alan!

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Alan Ash
Alan Ash Boston 2016

EA JV boys track team wins 3A title; girls finish 2nd

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Escambia Academy’s junior varsity boys track and field team won the AISA Class 3A state champoinship Saturday.

EA JV boys track team wins 3A title; girls finish 2nd

Escambia Academy’s junior varsity boys’ track and field team claimed the AISA’s Class 3A state championship on Saturday at home.

The girls finished as the state runner up.

The Cougars tallied 194 points, topping Lee-Scott Academy by 11 points to take the top prize. The Lady Cougars finished with 99 points.

In Class 1A-2A, Wilcox Academy won the boys and the girls titles.

EA’s Kaile Gumapac and Patrick McGee were named the female and male Most Valuable Players, respectively.


Here is how EA did in each of the track and field events:

• Girls 4×100 meter relay — Ruthie Huskey, Anna Grace Janes, Mary Thompson Lancaster and Maddy Locke, fourth place (1 minute, 3.70 seconds)

• Boys 4×100 meter relay — Jackson Bonner, Jason Davis, Jabe Dawe and Brandon Gulsby, first place (52.82 seconds)

• Girls 100 meter hurdles — Gumapac, first place (19.89 seconds) and Lancaster, third place (21.14 seconds)

• Boys 110 meter hurdles — Chase Bell, second place (21.56 seconds); Josh Spruill, third place (23.09 seconds); and Brice McCullough, third place (28.01 seconds)

• Girls 100 meter dash — Huskey, ninth place (16.58 seconds); Janes, 10th place (17.17 seconds); and Disha Patel, 11th place (17.32 seconds)

• Boys 100 meter dash — McGee, first place (11.71 seconds); Jace Sells, seventh place (14.77 seconds); and Chaston Helton, ninth place (15.47 seconds)

• Girls 1,600 meter run — Huskey, seventh place (8:10.95)

• Boys 1,600 meter run — Bonner, first place (5:33.11); Bryant Quimby, fourth place (6:08.77); and Zach Daniels, sixth place (6:53.98)

• Girls 400 meter dash — Madelyn Smith, second place (1:14.31); and Megan Wilson, seventh place (1:29.86)

• Boys 400 meter dash — Jabe Dawe, first place (58.96); Tracye Sells, fourth place (1:09.38; and Watson Campbell, fifth place (1:11.86)

• Girls 300 meter hurdles — Gumapac, first place (58.30); and Lancaster, fourth place (1:03.08)

• Boys 300 meter hurdles — Cameron Bowens, second place (52.22); Chase Bell, third place (55.65); and Spruill, fifth place (1:01.54)

• Girls 800 meter run — Pia Gorme, third place (3:13.20)

• Boys 800 meter run — Daniels, first place (2:18.12); Gulsby, third place (2:33.77); and Quimby, fifth place (2:45.93)

• Girls 200 meter dash — Maddy Locke, seventh place (33.82); and Patel, eighth place (35.67)

• Boys 200 meter dash — McGee, first place (23.63); Helton, ninth place (30.29); and Gaige Sigler, 11th place (30.54)

• Boys 3,200 meter run — Bonner, first place (12:32.79); and Sam Fields, fifth place (15:30.88)

• Girls 4×400 meter relay — Gorme, Huskey, Locke and Patel, fourth place (5:34.67)

• Boys 4×400 meter relay — EA, first place (4:08.65)

• Girls High Jump — Gumapac, second place (4-02.00); and Smith, fourth place (4-00.00)

• Boys High Jump — Daniels, second place (5-01.00); Bowens, third place (4-10.00); and Bonner, fourth place (4-06.00)

• Girls Shot Put — Janes, third place (22-09.00); and Avery Mims, fifth place (18-01.50)

• Boys Shot Put — Tyler Newton, second place (36-04.00); and Troy Fountain, sixth place (27-03.00)

• Girls Discus Throw — Janes, fourth place (46-10.50)

• Boys Discus Throw — Sigler, fifth place (75-08); Newton, sixth place (71-02); and Gulsby, seventh place (69-06.50)

• Boys Triple Jump — McGee, first place (38-00.25); Daniels, third place (35-08.00); and Quimby, sixth place (27-11.00)

• Girls Long Jump — Gumapac, first place (13-10.00); and Lancaster, second place (13-05.75)

• Boys Long Jump — McGee, first place (19-08.75); Dawe, fifth place (16-07.00); Helton, seventh place (14-08.00); and Bell, eighth place (14-05.50)


EA SGA hosts blood drive

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Escambia Academy Student Government Association hosted a Life South Blood Services blood drive Wednesday, March 9. There were a total 30 donors during the blood drive. Shown are some of the students who donated, from left, front, Jennifer Weaver, Haley Leachman, Fallon Chastang, Mikayla Spruill, Sage Garrett, Madalyn Grimsley, Carson Barnett; back, Austin Williams, Noah Blue, Bradley Campbell, Garrett Emmons, David Dobson. News photo by Ditto Gorme – See more at:!prettyPhoto


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 12/23/15

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Hello All Escambia Academy Family,

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Administration, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
2015 has been a very good year for students and our school. In May, the 27 graduates brought home $1.5 million in scholarships. This year our students have been involved in many community events, recognized for their academic and athletic achievements locally, regionally and nationally. Our website and Facebook page have been dramatically improved so please check them both out. Our PTO has been reactivated and conducted a fantastic fall festival. The Athletic Club is in the final stages of paying off the Bachelor Field lights. We have been strategically reducing our overall debt. The elementary school is currently having the interior and exterior paint stripped and repainted. Playground equipment is being upgraded over the Christmas break. Quality teacher hires are ongoing. Escambia Academy’s future is very bright indeed.
We have a lot to be grateful for, and it would not be possible without the support of the members of the EA family. Your commitment is beyond compare and says much about your dedication to providing the best opportunities for your children’s future.

Of special note, we have a tuition cost lower than any other private school in the region, usually lower than an average family cell phone bill. This is achieved by generous private donations and fundraisers. We wanted to take this time to remind all members the successful “30 Guns in 30 Days” will be conducted in 2016 with a slight twist. We will be drawing each gun starting April 1 and ending on April 30 as we did last year. On the last day we will take the list of winners and enter them into a special drawing for a 31st gun, guaranteeing someone will win a second gun. This is to increase interest in the dynamic fundraiser. We will be actively seeking sponsors of donors for guns. Sponsors will be widely advertised and donations are tax deductible. We encourage you to get the word out for this very unique raffle opportunity–Christmas is the perfect time to mention this to family and friends you don’t normally see and secure ticket sales in advance. The finalized rules and tickets will be available starting mid January 2016. More details to be forthcoming.
Again we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Mike Campbell

Homecoming 2015

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Homecoming 2015 was held October 9th 2015.

Mikayla Spruill was crowned our Homecoming Queen for 2015.