UMS-Wright Football

Meet the Coaching Staff


Head Coach Terry Curtis  - Right Where He's Supposed to Be

Coach Terry Curtis has been the Head Football Coach at UMS-Wright Preparatory School since 1999 and has been the Athletic Director since 2001. He holds an MA Degree in Secondary Education from South Alabama and a BS Degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Auburn University. He also earned his CAA (Certified Athletic Administrator) from NIAAA. Coach Curtis graduated from Murphy High School in 1969 where he received the C.O. Wilcox Award as the Outstanding Athlete of the Year his senior year. He received a full baseball scholarship to Auburn University. Coach Curtis has been coaching for forty-one years, and he has been a head coach for twenty-five of those years. His overall record is 243-77, with a playoff record of 51-16. He has won four State Championships in the last 10 years. Coach Curtis’s 2001 and 2005 State Championship teams both had records of 15-0, and his 2004 team was undefeated in the regular season. In the words of Ben Thomas, sports writer for, "Currently fifth on the state list of active head coaches. Curtis has won five state championships with the Bulldogs – 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2012. His UMS-Wright teams have reached at least the state quarterfinals in 14 of his 15 seasons. Since he has been at UMS-Wright, Curtis has an 89-9 region or area record and a 47-10 playoff record." 


Curtis has also coached at B.C. Rain High School, Murphy High School, and Shaw High School. He was named the 2001, 2002, and 2005 Alabama Sports Writer’s Association 4A Coach of the Year, was the Optimist Club Coach of the Year for 1990, 1991, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005, was the Mobile Register Coach of the Year for 2001, and was named the 2012 ALFCA (Alabama Football Coaches Association) Coach of the Year. He served as President of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association in 1997-1998. Curtis was the Head Coach in the Alabama-Mississippi All Star Classic in 1999 and the Head Coach of the South team in the North/South All-Star Game in 2005. He has also served as President of the Mobile County Coaches Association, is a past member of the Advisory board of Football Quarterly, and is a member of National Federation of High Schools and NIAAA. He is also a member of the A Club at Auburn University, the Mobile Touchdown Club, AFCA , and is on the Board of Directors of the ALFCA. He is a recipient of the John Finley Award. Coach Curtis was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, and is the Honorary Inductee into the UMS-Wright Sports Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the Lefty Anderson Service through Coaching Award in 2005 sponsored by L’Arche Mobile. He was voted Best Coach by Mobile Bay Monthly’s annual Best of the Bay for 2006. Coach Curtis received the 2009 Coach of the Year Award from the NFHS Coaches Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame. Coach Curtis current serves as the Dristric 1 representative on the Alabama High School Athletic Association Legislative Council.

Coach Curtis is married to the former Jeanie Gillis, and they have two sons. Brey, his wife Jill, and their children Parker and Griffin live in Greensboro, North Carolina. Casey, UMS-Wright Class of 1996, and his wife Ashley live in Gonzales, Louisiana.








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