High School Sports

Coast high school gets a new head football coach from the Jackson area

St. Patrick has hired Richland head coach Trey Bailey to take over its football program, the school announced on Monday.

Bailey has also served as an assistant coach at two other Jackson area high schools — St. Andrew’s and Raymond.

Bailey served as the head coach at Richland for three seasons. The Rangers were 3-8 in each of his first two seasons before going 0-11 in 2018.

“We will have a variety of goals that we will work to accomplish, including creating long-term success through implementing a disciplined program, forging a stronger relationship with future Fighting Irish players at our partner elementary schools, and developing mentally, physically and spiritually strong men,” Bailey said in a press release.

Bailey, who also served as the athletic director at Richland, is a graduate of Millsaps and he holds a masters in education administration from Arkansas State.

“Coach Bailey will be a solid addition to the coaching staff at St. Patrick Catholic High School,” St. Patrick athletic director Eddie Berger said in a press release. “I am confident he will run an organized program that is built around discipline and hard work. His experience as both a coach and an athletic administrator will blend seamlessly into the mission of St. Patrick, and his commitment to developing players at all levels will bring the excitement and energy needed to sustain a competitive culture. We look forward to the future of St. Patrick football!”

Jim Bloomfield stepped down in January as the head football coach at St. Patrick after four years on the job.

St. Patrick has had a difficult time competing in football in recent years. The team ended a 23-game losing streak on Sept. 1, 2017. The Fighting Irish showed some improvement over the last two years under Bloomfield, going 3-7 in both 2017 and 2018.

Patrick Magee is a sports writer who has covered South Mississippi for much of the last two decades. From Southern Miss to high schools, he stays on top of it all.