By Erik Harris, sports editor
SPRINGVILLE — Springville High School has a new head football coach.
After one season out from the head coaching game, Jon Clements is back in the pilot’s seat. The former Corner head man has accepted the same position at Springville, completing his first day at the school on Wednesday.
Clements, 36, says the timing just worked out for the move, as his wife works in St. Clair County.
“I think there’s something really cool over here,” he said. “It reminds me a lot of Corner and it reminds me a lot of where I’m from.”
Clements, 36, most recently served as an assistant on the St. Clair County staff last year after two seasons as head coach at Corner. He led the Yellow Jackets to a 13-9 record and two playoff appearances during the 2019-18 seasons. This will be his second stop as a head coach.
Clements takes over for former Springville coach Michael Graben, who posted an 11-18 record in three seasons (2018-20) with the Tigers. Last year, Graben led Springville through the program’s first season in Class 6A play. The Tigers finished up at 4-5, narrowly missing a playoff bid coming out of Region 7.
Clements says he’s already watched every Springville game from last season. He had about 90 kids show up for his first day at the school.
“There’s a lot of good pieces coming back,” said Clements. “The offensive line should be really good again, which was the strength of our team at Corner.”
Clements also has multiple years of experience as an offensive coordinator at both Pinson Valley and Clay-Chalkville.