Billy Livings not only had the key to the city of Vero Beach, but also the community’s hearts.
Livings began coaching football as an assistant for his alma mater, Lanier High School in Alabama. He went on to Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Ala., where he was hired as an athletic director and head coach of the football team. He moved to Florida in 1980 and took a head coach/athletic director position at Vero Beach High School.
He coached for 26 years and retired in 2006 with a 211-86 record in the state of Florida, and an overall record of 314-108-4 when including the games he coached in Alabama. He won 15 district titles, made playoffs 20 times and won the state championship in 1981 – the school’s only football championship.
Over 100 of his student-athletes went on to play college football on athletic scholarships. In 1981, Livings won four Coach of the Year awards. And between 1980 and 1994 he won the Cape Coast Conference Coach of the Year five times. When he retired in 2006, he was the coach with the most wins, exclusively in public schools, in both Alabama and Florida.
Although he passed Oct. 17, 2011, the memory of him will live on at the Billy Livings Field, which was named after him in 2000.