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Mr.  Jimmy  Messer
Head of School

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Jimmy Messer was appointed Head of School on July 10, 2016.  Recently completing his twelfth year at St. Paul’s, he has served in various other positions during his tenure including Dean of Students, teacher and coach.  As Athletic Director he oversaw the improvement of athletic facilities, reorganizing of the department in the areas of eligibility and game management, and increased opportunities in the area of youth sports.  He was very involved in fundraising and served on the school’s Executive Council. 

During his four years as Dean of Students he oversaw the day to day operations of the Upper School, coordinated the Spiritual activities at St. Paul’s and served as liaison to parent organizations at St. Paul’s, including Community of Concern, which works to educate parents and students on the dangers of underage drinking.  He is currently the winningest boys’ basketball coach in St. Paul’s history, having won 165 games and averaging over 18 wins per season.  

Prior to St. Paul’s he served as Athletic Director, Head of Physical Education and Men’s basketball coach at Enterprise Ozark Community College for three years.  As Athletic Director he was instrumental in doubling membership in the booster club and increasing fundraising 300%.  He increased community involvement through the hosting of high school tournaments on campus and starting an Adopt of Player program with families in town and team members.   He served on the Board of Directors for both Senior Olympics and Special Olympics in Coffee County and was recognized by the Mayor of Enterprise for his contributions to the community.  In 2003, he led the Bollweevil’s to a school record 23 wins and a state championship. In 2004 they set a new school record with 27 wins, which included the state and region championship.  After the 2004 season he was named Coach of the Year by both the Alabama Junior and Community College Conference and the Birmingham Tip-Off Club. 

He spent the seven years prior to EOCC at his alma-mater, University of Mobile.  From 1994 to 1998 he served as assistant basketball coach before moving to Director of Student Development from 1998 to 2001.  During his time as Director of Student Development he served as Chief Discipline officer, Housing Director, Director of summer camps and was involved in all non-academic areas of student life.  He also served as Director of the UM alumni golf tournament for two years.  Prior to the University of Mobile he served one year at Monroe Academy as a coach and history teacher and two seasons at Columbus State University as an assistant basketball coach. 

A graduate of the University of Mobile, he received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1991 and completed his Masters of Arts in 1998.  He studied Educational Administration at Columbus State University from 1992 to 1994.  He is married to April Glasscock Messer from Semmes, Alabama and they are the parents of two daughters, Mallory and Macy.    They are members of Cottage Hill Baptist Church.