By Gary Lloyd
The Jefferson County Board of Education on Thursday morning approved the Pinson Valley football team’s next offensive coordinator.
Logan Colafrancesco was approved as the Indians’ offensive coordinator.
Colafrancesco was the offensive coordinator at Moody from 2003-2005, John Carroll in 2006, a wide receivers coach at Spain Park in 2007, the offensive coordinator at Oxford in 2008, the offensive coordinator at Oak Mountain in 2009 and at Pinson Valley in 2010. For the past two seasons, he’s been the wide receivers coach at Enterprise.
While at Pinson Valley in 2010, the Indians’ offense averaged 26 points per game in a 5-6 season. The team lost 35-27 in the first round of the playoffs to Hartselle, then the No. 1 team in the state.
Colafrancesco also coached at Simmons Middle School in Hoover under Rush Propst.
Colafrancesco said this year’s Pinson Valley team will show more of a two-back set offensively and will run the ball more. He noted senior quarterback Brooks Garrett and junior running back Nick Gibson as standout players.
“They’re just leaders,” he said. “They come to work every day.”
This won’t be the most talented team Pinson Valley has ever assembled, considering the departure of past stars Earnest Robinson, A.J. Freeman, Harry Mason and others. Colafrancesco said the offensive players he’s working with this season, though, have been impressive.
“Their attitudes are just unbelievable,” he said.
Colafrancesco takes over for former offensive coordinator Chris Mills, now the athletics director and head football coach at Clay-Chalkville Middle School. Mills was Pinson Valley High School’s wide receivers coach and ninth grade basketball coach in 2010. For the past two seasons, he was Pinson Valley’s offensive coordinator and head soccer coach for a boys’ team that reached the Class 5A semifinals both seasons.
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