MGCCC Head Football Coach Jack Wright named Coach of the Year


The apple doesn’t fall from the tree at Mississippi Gulf Coast which now has a National Coach of the Year to go along with a National Championship.

Today, second year Head Man Jack Wright took home the NJCAA honors after leading the Bulldogs to the program’s fifth national title last week.

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Top ranked Gulf Coast took down Lackawanna in a battle of the unbeatens to complete a perfect 12-0 season.

Under the watch of Coach Wright, MGCCC also won its first state championship since 2010 and produced two All-Americans in Jackie Matthews and Chance Lovertich, the latter of which just broke a single-season school record with more than 2,800 yards.

He also oversaw the nation’s only defense to give up less than 200 yards per game.

Wright is now just the second junior college coach of all-time to win two national crowns at two different schools.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at