Newton chosen as new Hartselle football head coach

Bert Newton. Photo by Mariann Parker

Bert Newton is the new head coach of the Hartselle Tigers football program. He replaces Bryan Moore, who left to become the new head coach at Opelika.

Newton, who was the defensive coordinator in two stints for six years, was named the new head coach following a school board meeting on January 2.

“I am super excited about the challenge,” Newton said. “My family is now here, and my kids are in the schools here. I feel more connected to Hartselle City Schools than ever before.”

Hartselle High School Athletic Director Jake Miles believes Newton is perfect for the job.

“We are excited to announce Coach Newton as the next head football coach at Hartselle High School, and we are excited about the future of our football program under his leadership,” Miles said. “It became pretty evident as our search began that the best fit for our future and school was currently on our campus. What makes Bert the perfect fit for us is not that he simply understands football, but more importantly, he understands Hartselle Football and our Hartselle High School culture and kids.”

The Hartselle head coaching position will be Newton's first head coaching position. He has previously served as defensive coordinator at Mountain Brook and Vestavia and as an assistant coach at Hoover. He worked under former Hartselle head coaches Bob Godsey, Bo Culver and Moore.

“We want to build championship people in the classroom, on the field and in the community,” Newton said. “We also want to continue to be a championship program and bring region and state championships to Hartselle.”

Newton will begin his head coaching career on August 23 with a home game against Austin.