Football - Gridiron Classroom
By Nikki Sepsas
Gridiron clashes between teams coached by members of the same family have always attracted our attention. Thousands remember classic match-ups such as those that pitted Bobby Bowden of Florida State against his son, Tommy, at Clemson, or Don Shula's Miami Dolphins going up against the Cincinnati Bengals coached by Shula's son, Dave.
Other seminal moments are when a coach comes up against a former assistant, as happened often when the teams of legends like Paul "Bear" Bryant or Joe Paterno took the field against opponents coached by the former students and assistants of those titans of the game.
Coach Josh Niblett came to Hoover High School in January 2008 from Oxford. Since taking the head coaching position of the Hoover Bucs, he has guided the team to either the Class 6A State Championship or the finals every year. Thus far, he has led the team to two 6A state championships, two 7 on 7 national championships, three ESPN feature game wins and a national top 10 ranking every year. Coach Niblett's career record with the Hoover Bucs is 55-6.
In high school, Coach Niblett was a three sport athlete under the leadership of his father, John Niblett. He attended college at the University of Alabama where he played football, was a three year letterman, and a member of the 1992 National Championship Football Team. Coach Niblett has taught and coached at Meadowview Christian School in Selma, AL, at Jacksonville State University, and began his head coaching career at Oneonta High School. While at Oneonta, he led the Redskins to two Class 3A State Championship berths and one win. Coach Niblett came to Hoover from Oxford High School where he coached for three seasons, made the playoffs two of those seasons, and ended with a 10-0 record.
Since becoming head coach of the Hoover Buccaneers, Coach Niblett has received many accolades. He was named the 2008/2009 Over the Mountain Coach of the Year; 2009 Head Coach of the Alabama All-Stars Team for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic; 2010 American Football Coaches Quarterly Magazine Top Ten National Coaches under the age of 38; 2011 Over the Mountain Quarterback Club Coach of the Year; and 2011 ASWA 6A Coach of the Year.
The 2012 Buccaneer motto is COMP1+ETE. It means complete the climb by being 1 + in all we do. The belief behind the motto is that it takes purpose and passion to be successful. Passion is the 1 + --- do what is needed plus one. Success is about going the extra mile, gaining that extra yard, doing that extra sprint or drill, 1+ gets it done. This is a continuation of the "Pyramid of Success" program Coach Niblett initiated when he arrived at Hoover High School. It focuses on industriousness, loyalty, cooperation, enthusiasm, self-control, team spirit, honesty, integrity and faith. These components encompass the core values of the Hoover High School football program. The Buc Rule states, "Be where you are supposed to be, doing what you are supposed to be doing, when you are supposed to be doing it.” Coach Niblett is committed to making a difference in the lives of his players on the field as well as off the field. He strongly believes that strong character, doing things the right way, and adding 1 + applies to life on and off the field and translates to a successful season and a successful life.
Hoover High School football Resume for #1 out of 16,759 High Schools in the USA
· Hoover won 16 football games in 2012, the Spring game, 10 regular season, and 5 playoff games.
· Hoover Head Coach Josh Niblett is 55-6 in his record at Hoover High School, or 90.2%.
· Coach Niblett has won three state football titles in his career, and has won over 144 games as head coach, 144-28 84%.
*Hoover 2012- only trailed for 3 minutes out of 768 possible minutes in 16 games.
* Hoover won the state title by Shutout score of 31-0 --- a State Record
*Hoover won 3 National Select 7on7 events in the Summer of 2012, a first for any school in HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. (Lassiter, Foley, and Hoover Events).
* Hoover beat 2012 Mississippi State champ, South Panola head to head in 2012.
*Hoover won or beat National Powers in 2012 at national 7on7 events: Lovejoy, Colquitt, North Gwinnett, West Monroe, Evangel Christian, Prattville, Olive Branch, Fayetteville, Whitehaven, Lassiter, Christian Brothers, Lexington Catholic, Wheaton Warrenville South, Maine South, Shiloh Christian, Mcgill, Grayson, Carver, Central Valley. Those teams have combined to win over 48 state titles!
* Hoover has advanced to the State Championship game 12 of the last 13
years. A National Record for highest classification schools.
* Hoover has 9 State 6A Football Titles- Alabama record.
*Hoover has the 6 highest rated TV/broadcast high school football games of ALL-TIME.
*Hoover has a "Q" score rating in the top fifty for all football schools in the US- All 425 colleges and 16,780 high schools category.
*Hoover has the 2nd highest rated reality show for MTV of all time- "Two A Days". 68 million viewers.
*Hoover has the most watched high school football/athletic website traffic in the US with over 8.7 million visits.
*Hoover has the most followed Twitter and Social media traffic for high school sports.
* The Hoover record since 2000 is 172-19 (90%), second best by one win, in the US for High School Football. #2 of 16,749
*Hoover has beaten State Champions; Byrnes (SC), Evangel Christian (LA), Camden County (GA), South Panola (MS), Union (OK), and Nease (FL), all in the last 10 years. Hoover is the only school in the US that has beaten all 5 Southern State Champs!
*Hoover has lost one AWAY game in last 5 years.
- Hoover High had almost 2,500,000 visits to the Athletics/Football website during the 2012 football season; #1 in the U.S. for high schools.
Hoover is the second winningest football program in the U.S. during the last 13 years.
Hoover has the No. 1 Facebook and Twitter sites in Alabama!