UMS-Wright Football

Meet the Coaching Staff




Coach Terry Curtis has been the Head Football Coach at UMS-Wright Preparatory School for the past eighteen years and has been the Athletic Director at UMS-Wright 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 is the oldest son of Rev. Q.T. Curtis and the late Mrs. Helen Curtis.  He was born on October 25, 1950 in Lenoir, North Carolina.  His family moved to Mobile when he was 10 years old.  He graduated from Murphy High School in 1969 where he received the C.O. Willcox 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-four years.  He served twenty-eight of those years as head coach.  His overall current record is 277-82, with a playoff record of 60-20.  In sixteen of the eighteen years as Head Coach at UMS-Wright, Coach Curtis’ teams have advanced to at least the Quarter Finals of the State Playoffs.  He has won 5 State Championships at UMS-Wright.  Coach Curtis’ 2001 and 2005 State Championship teams both had records of 15-0. His 2004 and 2015 teams were undefeated in the regular season.  During his eighteen years at UMS-Wright, he has compiled a record of 199-47, with a playoff record of 53-13.  91 State Championships have been won by UMS-Wright Athletic teams during his tenure as Athletic Director.  Coach Curtis has also coached at B.C. Rain High School, Murphy High School, and Shaw High School.           

Coach Curtis was named the 2001, 2002, and 2005 Alabama Sports Writer’s Association 4A Coach of the Year, was the Mobile Register Coach of the Year for 2001, was the Optimist Club Coach of the Year Award for 1990, 1991, 2001,  2002, 2004, and 2005, and was named the 2012 ALFCA Coach of the Year.  He served as President of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association in 1997-1998 and was the Head Coach in the Alabama-Mississippi All Star Classic in 1999 and 2016 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 (American Football Coaches Association), and is on the Board of Directors of the ALFCA (Alabama Football Coaches Association) where he currently serves as President. 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 was the 2013 Honorary Inductee into the UMS-Wright Sports Hall of Fame.  He was 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 and was named the WKRG News/Southern Ford Dealers 2012 Sideline Coach of the Year.  In January, 2015, he received the Go Daddy Bowl Champion of Life Award.  He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame and serves on the Selection Committees of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game.  Coach Curtis currently serves as the District 1 representative on the AHSAA Legislative Council and is a member of the AHSAA Central Board of Control.

Coach Curtis and his wife, the former Jeanie Gillis, have been married 45 years. They have two sons.  Brey holds a BS in Political Science and an MBA from the University of South Alabama and has a law degree from the University of Alabama.  He and his wife Jill live in Greensboro, North Carolina, where Brey works for Baxter BioScience.  They have two sons - Parker (9) and Griffin (6).   Coach Curtis’ other son Casey, UMS-Wright Class of 1996, is a graduate of Auburn University.  He lives in  Charleston, South Carolina, and works for Cooper T/Smith.                 


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