High School Sports

Long Beach hires Class 6A assistant to take over football program

Philip Pigott
Philip Pigott

Long Beach High School has hired an assistant from a South Mississippi Class 6A power to take over its football program.

Less than two weeks after announcing that head football coach Forrest Williams was leaving his positions as head football coach and athletic director, Petal defensive coordinator Philip Pigott was named Thursday night as his replacement.

It was announced on Jan. 22 that Williams was leaving his post to become an assistant principal at Long Beach.

“After reviewing and researching more than 60 applicants, it was clear to both Terry D’Angelo and myself that Coach Pigott was the top candidate,” Long Beach superintendent Jay Smith said in a press release. “We are pleased to have a high caliber coach with successful 6A experience leading our Bearcat program.”

D’Angelo was announced as the new Long Beach athletic director on Jan. 22, returning to a position that she served in once before.

Pigott, a native of Pearl River, Louisiana, had been the defensive coordinator at Petal since the spring of 2015. While at Petal, the team reached the Class 6A state title game in 2015, 6A semifinals in 2016 and 6A quarterfinals in 2017.

Before coaching at Petal, Pigott worked as the safeties coach at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. — an FCS football program.

“My wife and I are extremely excited for the opportunity to lead such a great program,” Pigott said in a press release. “This is a great community, a great school and the foundation is set. I’m ready to get to work and take Long Beach to the next level.”

Pigott played both running back and strong safety at Mississippi College before playing his final two seasons at LSU in 2007 and 2008.

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