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Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson headlines Biloxi coaching clinic

Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson talks to his players prior to a game against Charlotte at Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg on Nov. 5, 2016.
Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson talks to his players prior to a game against Charlotte at Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg on Nov. 5, 2016. ttisbell@sunherald.com

Southern Miss head football coach Jay Hopson will serve as the headliner when the 54th Annual Gulf Coast Coaches Clinch takes place Wednesday-Friday at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi.

Hopson, who is entering his second season as the head coach at USM, will speak at 11 a.m. Thursday. He is just one on a long list of high school and college coaches set to speak to coaches from across the region.

It all starts at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday with Tulane defensive line coach Kevin Peoples providing his expertise on defensive line play.

Moss Point native Marcus Woodson, who is the defensive backs coach at Memphis, has a prime time slot on the first day, speaking at 6:15 p.m. He'll talk about linebacker and secondary coverages.

New Arizona State offensive coordinator Rob Likens will be the final speaker of the first night, taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Likens is a Brookhaven native and a former receiver at Mississippi State.

Newly-hired Louisiana-Lafayette offensive coordinator Will Hall will join Hopson as one of the speakers on Thursday. He will speak at both 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the topic of the ball-control passing game.

George County football coach Matt Caldwell is the only area high school coach taking part in the event. He will talk about offensive line play at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The three-day event will wrap up on Friday with three high school coaches taking the stage. Lance Mancuso, who takes over the newly-formed Jefferson Davis County program, will be the final speaker at 10:25 a.m. on Friday.

For more information on the clinic, contact Lindy Callahan at 863-7779 or 297-5247.

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