For the third time this week, a high school football program on the Gulf Coast is at the start of a new era. Next up is Pass Christian, coming off its best season in program history.
Today, school officials announced the hiring of Chase Carmody as the next head coach of the Pirates. Carmody comes to Pass Christian with state championship experience, having most recently served as the defensive coordinator of the Pearl Pirates, where his 2017 defensive unit led all of 6A football in scoring during the team’s 16-0 run to a gold ball.
He’ll be replacing Blake Pennock who just took the head job at Ocean Springs last month after leading the Pirates to their first playoff win in school history.
Big shoes to fill for the first-time head coach, but Carmody says he’s ready to try on a pair. “That’s something I want to bring to Pass Christian is set a high goal, okay. When we first put ‘be a 6A state champion’ as a goal at Pearl High School, some people kind of laughed and said you can’t do that. So you can’t achieve goals or you can’t get where you want to be if you don’t set high goals. That’s what we’re going to do at Pass Christian and we’re going to work to get one percent better every day and try to be a championship program. I wanted to wait for the right fit, for the right opportunity, the right school and Pass Christian checked all those boxes for me and I couldn’t be more excited to get to work.”
The Pirates showed a seven win improvement in 2019 with an overall record of 8-4.