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UAB's Bill Clark, Tulane's Willie Fritz highlight Biloxi coaches clinic

 UAB coach Bill Clark is among speakers set to take part in the Gulf Coast Coaching Clinic in Biloxi on Feb. 24-26.
DANNY JOHNSTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS UAB coach Bill Clark is among speakers set to take part in the Gulf Coast Coaching Clinic in Biloxi on Feb. 24-26. AP

UAB head coach Bill Clark and new Tulane head coach Willie Fritz highlight the list of speakers scheduled for the 53rd annual Gulf Coast Coaching Clinic, which is set for Feb. 24-26 at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

The slate also includes a pair of Coast natives who are rising stars in the coaching profession - Mississippi State secondary coach/recruiting coordinator Terrell Buckley, a Pascagoula product, and Memphis cornerbacks coach Marcus Woodson, a Moss Point native.

"I think it's one of the best (groups of coaches) we've had," clinic founder and former Gulfport coach Lindy Callahan said. "(Alabama coach Nick Saban) highlighted it real good last year. This year, we have a good mix of high school coaches from all over the country."

Pre-registration for the event is $60 per coach in groups of 1-5 or $55 per coach in groups of six or more. Registration after Feb. 13 or at the clinic is $65 per coach.

For information on registration, email callahan116@bellsouth.net or call (228) 863-7779.

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Clark will be among the busiest of the coaches on the schedule. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 about offensive and defensive play in the red zone. The next morning, Clark will hold a pair of 50-minute lectures on defensive topics.

Clark has developed a strong reputation for his work as UAB head coach while dealing with the school's decision to shut down its football program in Dec. 2014, only to revive the program six months later.

Clark, who was 6-6 in his one season as head coach in 2014, just wrapped up one of the top recruiting classes in Conference USA for 2016 despite not being able to field a team again until the 2017 campaign.

Fritz will take the stage at 11 a.m. on Feb. 25 to address the clinic. Fritz was lured to Tulane in December after going 17-7 in two seasons as the Georgia Southern head coach. He has an overall record of 154-69 in 19 years as a head coach, including stints at Division II Central Missouri and FCS power Sam Houston State.

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Buckley, a former football star for Pascagoula and Florida State, was recently hired by MSU head coach Dan Mullen after a successful two-year stint on the staff at Louisville.

Woodson recently joined the Memphis staff after spending two seasons at Fresno State. The former Ole Miss defensive back also served as an assistant coach at Charleston Southern and Millsaps.

A pair of Southern Miss staff members are set to address the clinic. USM strength and conditioning coach Zac Woodfin will be one of the event's first speakers at 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 and offensive line coach Luke Meadows is set to speak at 6 p.m. that day.

Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Dan Werner is set to speak on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26.

The clinic will also feature some prominent names in high school coaching.

Colquitt County (Ga.) High School coach Rush Propst, who used to coach at Hoover, Ala., and John Curtis Christian coach J.T. Curtis are both among the speakers on the schedule.

Clairton, Penn., coach Shawn Liotta and quarterback guru David Morris will also speak about their offensive philosophies during the clinic.