Tanner head coach Laron White is leaving the school where he won two state championships to become the head coach at Sparkman High School in Harvest.
In 14 seasons at Tanner, White compiled a 148-30 record and won nine region championships and two state 2A championships.
He inherits a Class 7A Sparkman program that went 4-6 in 2016, the program's 10th consecutive season with a losing record. The Spartans' last coach, Chris Cagle, retired from coaching after going 11-19 the past three years.
It will be only the second head coaching position for White, who began his career as an assistant coach at Decatur. He will take over a Sparkman program that is part of one of the largest student bodies in the state.
White turned Tanner into a small-school powerhouse, winning at least seven games every year and guiding the team to three straight state championship appearances from 2011-13. Tanner currently has the state's longest region winning streak at 54 games.
White is a native of Courtland and 1992 graduate of Courtland High School. He received a football scholarship to attend the University of Alabama, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1997 and later received his master's degree from the University of West Alabama.
White began his teaching and coaching career in Decatur City Schools. In 2003, he became head football coach at Tanner.