Malzahn Names Pogue to His Football Staff

Al Pogue has a new title and new responsibilities as part of the Auburn football program.

Auburn, Ala.--Al Pogue, who helped with Auburn's football recruiting efforts during the transition between Gene Chizik's staff being fired and Gus Malzahn hiring his assistant coaches, has been named Director of High School Relations for AU's football staff.

Pogue has worked the previous two seasons at Auburn as an offensive and special teams quality control assistant. Prior to coming to Auburn he was head football coach at Carver High in Montgomery and has 13 years of experience as a high school coach.

"I'm very blessed and excited for this opportunity and look forward to continuing to build relationships with the high school coaches in our state and beyond," Pogue said.

"As a former high school coach I take great pride in this position and understand the importance of my role," Pogue said. "I'm very appreciative to Coach Malzahn and look forward to helping him get this program back to a championship level.

"When Coach Malzahn offered me the job I nearly shed a tear," added Pogue, who said it is a dream come true to be on the staff of Auburn University.

Pogue went on the road and recruited for Auburn before Malzahn was hired and continued that role until the head coach finished hiring his on-the-field staff. "I am just thankful for the opportunity to do that," he said. "It was great to be out on the road as an ambassador for Auburn University."

Malzahn, whose background in coaching started in the high school ranks, notes he is glad to give Pogue an opportunity. Malzahn originally met Malzahn when Pogue was working at football summer camps. Malzahn is the one who invited Pogue to join the AU staff after the 2010 season.

"Al was a successful high school coach in this state, which makes him a great fit for the position," said Malzahn, who has also put Pogue in charge of coordinating AU's summer football camps.

"He is well respected among high school coaches and will do a great job strengthening relationships with coaches as well as raising the level of our camps and clinics," Malzahn added.

Pogue said his assignment is to do the best job possible building good relationships with high school coaches and getting them on the Auburn campus as much as possible. He also notes he wants those coaches to bring their prospects with them for visits to get a feel for what the program has to offer.

Pogue was head coach at Carver High from 2008 through 2010 and led the Wolverines to their first-ever undefeated season in 2008. He was also head coach at St. Jude in Montgomery in 2006 and 2007. His first head coaching job was at Calhoun High in 2002. He was defensive coordinator at Sidney Lanier from 2003-2005. He also coached at Robert E. Lee in Montgomery working with defensive backs from 1998-2001.

Al Pogue

Pogue, who is from Mobile, played football at Alabama State from 1993-96 where he earned All-SWAC and All-America honors. He graduated from that university in 1998. He and his wife, Nikita, have two children, Allison and Nasir.

"I am excited," Pogue said of his new job. "It is truly an honor and blessing for me to be here.

"With my background here in the state it is a wonderful opportunity for me to re-connect with those guys," Pogue said of his relationships with high school coaches, adding he knows a lot of them. "I want to kind of strengthen the blood lines," he says.

"Being a former high school coach here in the state, there is some great high school football in the state and surrounding areas," Pogue noted. "I just feel like this is an opportunity for me to help bring some quality recruits in and bring coaches here on campus to let them know what Auburn is all about."

Pogue said having good relationships with high school coaches is "very important" for a college football team. "No program can survive without the coaches and the players that they send. Being a former high school, I want to make sure that coaches know we are here for them and we want to do everything we can to strengthen that relationship and keep our doors open to them.

"I am looking forward to putting on the biggest and best clinics and camps in the nation," he added. "I want Auburn to be the model and I am going to work toward that."


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