Jack Wright’s first staff at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will feature a blend of familiar and new names.
Gulf Coast announced the first members of Wright’s new staff Monday, with the additions of Lytrel Pollard, Bam Bryant and Randall Agee. Les George and Garrett Stansbury were the only Bulldog staffers retained.
When he was hired Dec. 7, Wright said he would have the same philosophy at MGCCC as he did at Northwest C.C., where he led the Rangers to the 2015 NJCAA National Championship.
“I’m going to be trying to pattern a lot of things, as far as selecting staff members; maybe not the same people but the same profile as far as geographic location, personality fit with certain position groups,” Wright said. “That’s what I felt we did 100 percent right in my previous stop so I’m trying to imitate that here.”
Wright also outlined what he expects from his coaches on the recruiting trail.
“Where does this guy fit in recruiting? Is he going to be able to recruit this type of lineman that we’re going to need? Is he going to be able to go get an out-of-stater? Is he going to have a connection that might get an elite player and help us win games? All that goes into it,” he said. “You want coaches who can train players, but you also want guys who can recruit.”
Meet the staff
▪ Pollard will serve as Wright’s defensive coordinator. A former Southern Miss football player from Stringer High, Pollard has coached at USM since 2013. During that time, he coached defensive backs and running backs. He previously coached for Jeff Bower at USM from 1999-2007, coaching special teams, defensive backs, linebackers and defensive backs. He has also coached at Memphis (cornerbacks), Mississippi College (DC), Tennessee-Martin (DC) and Marshall (cornerbacks).
▪ Bryant spent the last two seasons as Coahoma’s receivers coach and will serve in the same capacity at MGCCC. At Coahoma, Bryant, a former Arkansas receiver and Bartow, Florida, native, he also served as interim head coach, passing game coordinator and co-special teams coordinator. He has also coached receivers at Delta State and Millsaps, and served on staffs at Concord University, with Arena Football League 2’s Memphis Xplorers and at Southaven High.
▪ Agee is another former Golden Eagle. The Terrytown, Louisiana, native was an offensive lineman at USM from 2011-2015. The last two years he has worked at his alma mater as a graduate student assistant coach in 2016 and then a video graduate assistant this year. He’ll coach the linebackers for Wright.
▪ George just completed his fourth season as Gulf Coast’s offensive line coach and will remain in the same role. A Hurley native, he played at MGCCC and Bacone College. He previously coached at Belhaven.
▪ Stansbury is the other carryover from the previous staff and will serve as a student assistant and offensive line assistant. He has also served as the head equipment manager and director of football operations.
Wright previously said he hoped to add a couple coaches quickly but cautioned that he might not have his staff finalized until early 2018.
“Typically the best coaches are still coaching late in the year, so sometimes you have to wait to get a great coach in that situation,” he said. “I’ll be patient on that to get the right people in.”
Wright replaces Chad Huff, who after serving as MGCCC offensive coordinator for 10 years and another four seasons as head coach was fired. Huff has since joined South Alabama’s staff.