What a win Saturday must have been.
Four days after Pearl River Community College picked off ranked rival Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 31-27 in Poplarville, the school announced its intention to remove the “interim” tag from coach Ted Egger.
“He has done an outstanding job for us on and off the field,” PRCC president Adam Breerwood said in a short video announcement on WRJW’s Facebook page. “We’re very excited about the future of our program.”
Egger has helped breath life into the Wildcats’ football program after many were left to wonder what would happen next following the abrupt dismissal of former coach David Saunders in May. A scholarship reduction and probation followed but PRCC announced in June its intention to elevate Egger, 39, to interim head coach.
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The move seems to have paid off as the Wildcats head into Saturday’s season finale at Copiah-Lincoln with a 4-4 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the MACJC South Division.
“We gave Ted the reins and named him the interim back in the summer,” PRCC athletic director Jeff Long said. “They have done a tremendous job, he and his staff, on and off the field.”
After making the initial announcement, Breerwood and Long called Egger on camera.
“Our guys worked hard and we always told our guys you're going to get out of it what you put into it,” he said. “They have done nothing but put in a lot of hard work, on and off the field, to put themselves in a position to be successful.”
Egger joined the staff last season as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach. A Hornell, New York, native, Egger previously coached at Lock Haven University, Texas Lutheran, Adams State, Ferris State, Northwood (Michigan) and most recently Concordia (Minnesota).
Breerwood said he anticipates the move will be made official during the school’s Nov. 14 school board meeting. Several times during the announcement, Breerwood made a plea to the Coast community.
“We know we have some special things happening at Pearl River,” he said. “As we say, ‘The river is rising’ and we can’t do it without you.”
Saunders was 2-7 in his lone season as head coach. He replaced William Jones, who was 11-16 in three seasons.
PRCC FOOTBALL COACHES
Goat Hale: 1924, 1926, 1933-38
Dick Baxter: 1939-42, 1944
L.W. Johnson: 1945
James Wade: 1946-47
T.D. “Dobie” Holden: 1948-66
John Russell: 1967-73
Harvey Seligman: 1974
J.C. Arban: 1975-84
Mike Nelson: 1985-90
Willie Coats: 1991-94
Keith Daniels: 1995-2000
Scott Maxfield: 2001
Tucker Peavey: 2002*
Tim Hatten: 2002-12
William Jones: 2013-15
David Saunders: 2016
Ted Egger: 2017-
*-Denotes did not coach a game