Tate Aggies Name Rhett Summerford As Head Football Coach

December 9, 2021

Tate High School has named Rhett Summerford as their new head football coach.

Summerford is coming to the Tate Aggies from the head coaching job at West Florida High School. The Jaguars finished this season at 9-2 and second in District 1 5A, dropping the regional semifinal game to Baker County. The Jaguars outscored opponents 351-129 in 2021.

“He’s coming home,” Tate High Principal Laura Touchstone told NorthEscambia.com Thursday morning. “He is a Tate alumnus, and we are happy to have him back.”

Summerford played football and baseball at Tate, and previously served as an assistant football coach at Tate. He will officially be on the job at Tate in January.

Football runs big in the Summerford family. Rhett’s brother Wes is the current head football coach at Northview High School, Dad Neil has a long history in local high school football, including as a member of Tate’s staff under Carl Madison when Tate won a state championship back in 1980.

Tate head coach Jay Lindsey resigned in early October as the Aggies stood at 1-5 and having been outscored by opponents 165-23 on the season.

Graphic courtesy Tate Football for NorthEsambia.com, click to enlarge.


12 Responses to “Tate Aggies Name Rhett Summerford As Head Football Coach”

  1. 429SCJ on December 13th, 2021 11:05 am

    I remember Neal; cool guy.

  2. Bill Tyler on December 11th, 2021 10:24 pm

    As a graduate of TATE I say welcome home to stay !!!! Now ya got to get to work on the things so desperately needed to TATE HIGH SCHOOL. The old guys like Scotty Madison and all the others in the year of 1976 were great and proved it all the way to championship time Bring back a winning team we are depending on you mr Aggie alumni !!! Coach Summerford they need you very much. Also Neil summerford I new hope he’s doing well!!!!

  3. Jlb on December 11th, 2021 9:30 pm

    Congratulations….know you will do great things. Go Aggies. Class of 76

  4. uncle rico on December 10th, 2021 1:48 pm

    from one aggie to another”welcome home”.

  5. Billy Perkins on December 10th, 2021 8:37 am

    Bear Bryant’s quote when asked why he returned to Alabama in 1958…

    “Mama called. And when Mama calls, you just have to come runnin’.”

    Rhett played at Tate, I played for his Dad Neil at Tate from ‘74-‘77, and his Grandfather Max was a long time Math Teacher at Tate.

    Welcome home Aggie! Good luck Coach Summerford on bringing the Aggies back to the winning tradition of the 70s and early 80s!!!!

  6. Whisperjet on December 10th, 2021 7:24 am

    ..Sounds great for the Aggies…and their fans . .Is he a relative if Max Summerford , who was assistant principal at Tate in the 60’s ??

  7. Jr on December 10th, 2021 5:21 am

    CONGRATULATIONS Coach Rhett. Great deal for Tate. Hopefully this move can return Tate Football back to a winning team. I know it will take time to get things going in the right direction but with Coach Summerlin I see it happening. @Confused, I reckon the answer to your last question of “what do we do now”???? Find a new Coach. Welcome Home Rhett

  8. Paul on December 9th, 2021 4:14 pm

    With the transfer rules, West Florida is the most difficult school to win at. No one is allowed to transfer in and if a student leaves they cannot come back. So he had to make the most with the talent that arrives in each freshman class. And he did an excellent job developing the kids he had. Can’t wait to see what he does at Tate! Go Aggies!

  9. Stephen on December 9th, 2021 3:39 pm

    @ Confused

    Some people like a new challenge and nothing could be more challenging than turning around Tate’s football program.

  10. Confused on December 9th, 2021 3:06 pm

    Why would he leave West Florida when they were doing so well. Obviously he’s a good coach but why wouldn’t he keep improving West Florida? Of course Tate needs the improvement but what now for West Florida?

  11. Cindy on December 9th, 2021 2:46 pm

    He will be missed at West Florida!!

  12. Jake Moore on December 9th, 2021 2:08 pm

    This is what this program need! Great man to lead the football team who has tate in his blood! With that freshman QB look out for tate ! Thank you Mrs. Touchstone for bringing him home!

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