Zow challenges players to choose to win

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Kaley Kornegay

New head football coach Andrew Zow looks on as the Bulldogs struggle against Fultondale.

Alyssa Dennis, News Writer

    The community of Montevallo welcomes Andrew Zow to MHS as its new head football coach ready to kick off the 2012 football season.
    “I felt like coach Zow was the right choice at the right time for Montevallo,” athletic director Brent McCaleb said.  “He has brought energy, unity, and excitement to the football program.”
    Zow comes to Montevallo from Oak Mountain High School, where he was assistant coach.  Previously he was the head coach at his alma mater Union County High School, where he went 16-15.
    “It was great coaching the kids of people I knew,” Zow said.
    Zow is mostly known for his time spent as quarterback for the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide football team.  Zow played under coaches Mike DuBose and Dennis Francione.     
    Zow had an opportunity to play as the starting quarterback for an SEC championship against Florida in 1999, where the Tide defeated the Gators 34-7.
    “It was outstanding to go down in history as a part of something special,” Zow said.
    Zow graduated from Alabama in 2001 with a degree in Sport Fitness Management.
    “I was in business at first, but then decided to go into education so I could brighten the minds of young people,” Zow said. 
    Eleven years after leaving Alabama, Zow dons orange and blue for the first time.
    “It feels good as long as it’s for Montevallo,” Zow said.
    Zow has high expectations for his players this season.
    “I want us to be competitive throughout the game, and the wins will take care of themselves,” Zow said.
    Not only does Zow lead the Bulldogs on the field, but he also aims to instill values to lead them to success in life with his slogan, “Choose to Win.”
    “As a coaching staff, we chose this motto together because we wanted to win not only on the field, but in the classroom as well,” Zow said.
    New staff working with Zow this year includes Josh Cheek, tight ends; Anthony Vachris, wide receivers and special teams; Mike Dais, strength and conditioning; Robert Albritton, quarterbacks; and Mike Feagin, defensive backs.
    “With Coach Zow’s program, I’ve gotten stronger, faster and better,” senior Trevor Chatham said.  “I understand the game more.  There are things I thought I could not do, but with conditioning it’s made me better.”
    Returning to the Bulldog staff is Richard Colley, offensive line; Matt Taylor, line backers; Lawrence Lilly, defensive line; and Trey Simpson, defensive coordinator.
    “The coaches have been great,” senior Korey Cunningham said. “They have made us work hard to get where we need to be.”
    Zow is married to Amebriss Zow.  They have three boys, A.J., Avry and Ashton.  Avry currently plays for the Montevallo Youth Majors.
    Zow is also the Associate Athletic Director and the boys’ track coach.