Brian Johnson has been named quarterbacks coach at Mississippi State.
Coach Dan Mullen also announced that Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy have been promoted to co-offensive coordinators. Greg Knox will serve as special teams coordinator in addition to running backs coach. Mullen will continue to call plays on game day.
"I've known Brian since I recruited him at Utah, and he is an excellent fit to our staff with his experience and knowledge of the quarterback position," Mullen said.
Johnson comes to Starkville after spending the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Utah, including one season as the offensive coordinator and one season as the co-offensive coordinator. He coached quarterbacks since joining the staff in 2010. A rising star in the coaching profession, Johnson became the youngest NCAA FBS offensive coordinator in the nation at age 24 on Feb. 2, 2011.
MGCCC signs two tennis players: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College tennis coach Gary Bourgeois signed Sam Blackburn of Enterprise, Ala., and Hannah Wegner of Stone High School to tennis scholarships.
Blackburn is the No. 1 singles and doubles player for Enterprise and has won a regional double championship. He's also among Alabama's top 10 ranked USTA players.
Wegner has won five district championships while at Stone and has also reached the finals once and semifinals twice.
Meridian wins MACJC event, Gulf Coast finishes second: Host Mississippi Gulf Coast shot the low team round of the tournament and made up five shots on Meridian in Round 2 but it wasn't enough Monday at Great Southern Golf Club.
Meridian CC fired rounds of 294-294-588 to win the first MACJC Conference tournament by seven shots. Gulf Coast finished second at 595, followed by Copiah-Lincoln (610), Northwest (624), East Mississippi (631), East Central (635), Jones County (652), Hinds (655) and Itawamba (674)
Meridian's Nathan Kirkland shot 70-71--141 to capture medalist honors. Ping All-American Hayes Weathersby of Gulf Coast fired a 3-under 68, the low round of the tournament, to finish tied for second with Copiah Lincoln standout Ryan Desormeaux at 144. All three were named to the All-Tournament Team along with Ty Medling and Connor Cavin of Meridian and Austin Schillaci of Copiah-Lincoln.
Rounding out the scoring for Gulf Coast were Jake Pritchard 149, Fant Carpenter 149, Conner Entriken 154, Danny De Los Santos 156, Adam Ham 157, Evan Peeler 161, Deandre Crawford 161, Bryce Jackson 162, Hunter Holcomb 171 and Brandon Robertson 171.