High School Sports

Capers set to become Vancleave football coach

Lavon Capers has been submitted to the Jackson County School Board for approval to become the next Vancleave High School head football coach.

The long-time Vancleave assistant was added Thursday to the school board's agenda for its next meeting as the chosen candidate for the job. His candidacy will be voted on during Monday's school board meeting.

Once a candidate is put before the school board, approval is usually a formality.

If approved, Capers will replace Jim Bloomfield as the program's head coach.

Bloomfield, who stepped down last month to take the same position at St. Patrick, served as head coach at Vancleave for 15 years.

Capers, a Pascagoula native, was the defensive coordinator for Bloomfield in each of his 15 seasons at Vancleave and Capers has worked at the school for a total of 17 years.

Capers has 23 years of high school coaching experience, also working at Pascagoula and Oak Grove.

Vancleave is coming off a 5-7 season in 2014 that included a 53-50 playoff victory at Florence.

In 2013, the Bulldogs made the deepest postseason run in program history. Vancleave went 7-6 that season and beat McComb and Magee in the playoffs before falling to Quitman.

Capers's defense played a significant role in the team's 2013 postseason run, holding Magee and a talented McComb squad to a combined 21 points through the first two rounds.

New England Patriots linebacker Chris White, who also starred at Mississippi State, and Southern Miss junior defensive end Jerry McCorvey are among the defensive standouts who have played under Capers in Vancleave.

Ronnie Wheat and Nick DuBuisson also were stars at linebacker for Vancleave before going on to successful college careers at Div. III Millsaps in Jackson.