Richard Gilliam

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Richard Gilliam is a retired high school football coach and educator from Montevallo High School, who was responsible for the successful integration of the football team in 1973. After completing graduate school in 1960, Gilliam would coach at Verbena High School for five years followed by a 7 year stint at Calera High School before coming to Montevallo as an assistant coach in 1972.

In 1973, he would become head football coach at MHS succeeding Paul Woolley. Between 1973-1988 Gilliam complied an overall record of 85-75-1 with his best overall seasons coming in 1976 and 1983 with overall records of 10-2. During this period, also coached baseball and basketball.

Gilliam would retire from coaching in 1988, but stay at MHS through 1993 as a teacher before retiring as an educator. From 1996-2006, he would serve as a basketball and football coach for grades 7-8 at Briarwood Christian School.

On Friday, September 15, 2006, Montevallo High School honored the former coach by renaming the field Richard Gilliam Field at Theron Fisher Stadium prior to Montevallo defeating Marbury 27-12.


  • "Gilliam brings unity to Bulldogs". (September 27, 2006) Birmingham News.
  • "Coach unites races through sports". (September 2006) Montevallo High School Spotlight [1].