AUBURN, Ala. – Lee-Scott Academy has found its new head football coach, and he is from 26 miles north on I-85. Lee-Scott head of school Dr. Stan Cox announced the hire of Valley’s Buster Daniel on Facebook.
“We are getting somebody that’s a hard worker,” athletic director William Johnson said. “He’s been successful as a head coach. He basically turned the Valley program around in a short period of time.”
Daniel has been the head coach at Valley High School for the previous three seasons. He built the program from a 2-8 season in 2017 to playoff appearances in each of the last two seasons, including a 7-5 year in 2019 with a 21-6 playoff victory against Vigor in the first round. In 2019, Valley won the region championship for the first time since 2011 and only the third time since 1995.
“Everything he was able to accomplish in a short period of time at Valley, from where Valley was to where Valley is now, is remarkable,” Johnson said. “It’s pretty special. That’s not something that just happens over night. It’s not something that you can just shake your magic wand and do. That’s coaching football.”
Daniel will take over for former head coach Robert Johnson, who took the same job at Montgomery Academy in March. After a winless season in 2018, Lee-Scott improved to 5-6 and a playoff birth last year. With many starters returning, the future is bright for the Warriors.