Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Matthew Wells
Coach Wells, originally from Highland Home, Alabama, begins his nineteenth year coaching, his second at Daphne. He will be coaching the Offensive Line here at DHS. Coach Wells played football at Troy University, earning conference Academic All-American honors his Junior and Senior years. At Troy, he would be part of the 1996 Southland Conference Championship team, going 12-2. Coach Wells received his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and his M.S. in Secondary History Education. He also holds certifications in Business Education and Physical Education.
Coach Wells began his coaching career at Troy University as a Restrictive Earnings, and later a Graduate Assistant Football coach working with the Linebackers and Offensive Line, under legendary football coach Larry Blakeney. During his time at Troy as a coach, Coach Wells helped develop future NFL Super Bowl Champions Osi Umenyiora (New York Giants) and Demarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys/Denver Broncos) as well as winning the 2000 Southland Conference championship. On that 2000 team, the Trojan defense was ranked 4th best in the nation among all D-I schools.
Over his career, Coach Wells has helped turn around several programs such as Greenville, Spanish Fort, Valley, Prattville, and Theodore High School. He has coached numerous student-athletes that have went on to play collegiate football, as well as two of his offensive linemen playing in the National Football League. While at Spanish Fort, Coach Wells coached Under Armor All-American Reece Dismukes, who would later play for Auburn University and win the 2014 Rimington Trophy, awarded the best Offensive Center in the nation. Reece would go on to play with the Pittsburg Steelers and the Carolina Panthers. At Valley, Coach Wells would mentor Jyan Ware, who would eventually play for the Oakland Raiders.
This past summer, Coach Wells and his wife Kellie celebrated their fifteenth wedding anniversary. They have three children, Blakeney (13), Bryce (9), and Ann Bradley (6).