John Lee Armstrong

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John Lee Armstrong (born December 15, 1932 in Attalla; died November 1, 2012 in Birmingham) was head football coach for the Samford Bulldogs, and also taught and coached at Woodlawn, Fairfield, Center Point and Erwin High Schools.

Armstrong attended Woodlawn High School and went on to play football and baseball at Samford University, graduating with a degree in physical education in 1954. He also earned degrees at the University of Alabama and UAB. He taught in Jefferson County Schools before he was named head coach at Samford in 1966. He compiled a 20-9-2 record over three seasons, the second best winning percentage after fellow Woodlawn graduate Bobby Bowden. He returned to high school coaching before returning to Samford in 1978 to teach physical education and recreation. He retired in 2006.

Armstrong helmed the Kenny Morgan Scholarship Foundation executive committee and helped organize the first Alabama Special Olympics. He was also a charter member and lifelong deacon at Carson Road Baptist Church.

Armstrong died in 2012. He was survived by his wife, JoAnn, four children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Preceded by:
Bubba Scott
Samford University head football coach
19661968
Succeeded by:
Wayne Grubb

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