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Staff photo by Robin Rudd / Dale Pruitt coaches Marion County's football team during a home game against Meigs County in October.

Dale Pruitt has resigned as head football coach at Marion County High School to take over the program at his alma mater, Plainview in Rainsville, Alabama.

Mark Griffith, director of Marion County Schools, confirmed the move Friday morning, and the Dekalb County (Alabama) Board of Education also announced that it has approved the hiring.

"I appreciate the effort Coach Pruitt put into the program and wish him well with his next job," Griffith said. "He will meet with his players this afternoon, but he has officially accepted the job in Alabama.

"We will work to name his replacement as soon as possible and hope that whoever that is will continue to improve on the success that Coach Pruitt built."

Pruitt was in his second stint as Marion's head coach, compiling a 16-6 record the past two years. He first coached the Warriors from 2004-05, when he led them to a 14-9 record.

He began his head coaching career at Alabama's Pisgah in 1982, going 18-4 including 10-0 in his second season there. He then took over at Plainview, compiling a 164-64 record in 17 seasons before moving on to Fort Payne, where he was 18-13 in three seasons, then went to Marion for two years before returning to Plainview in 2006.

In his second stint at Plainview, Pruitt's teams reached the playoffs in all but one of his eight seasons before he left to take over at Albertville in 2014, then Georgia's Dade County in 2019 before again returning to Marion.

Pruitt's teams have reached the playoffs 27 times, won 13 region championships and appeared in an Alabama Class 3A state championship game twice. Four times his teams finished the regular season unbeaten.

Marion went 7-4 in 2020 and 9-2 last year, reaching the second round of the Class 2A playoffs both seasons.

Pruitt did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293. Follow him on Twitter @StephenHargis.

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