If Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College winning a football national championship is any indication, 2019 was a pretty good year up at Perk.
Today, the punctuation mark on the year that was for NJCAA Athletic Director of the Year Steven Campbell. The third-year AD of the Bulldogs wins the inaugural award for success both on and off the field starting with the national title back in December which capped off a perfect 12-0 dream season.
On the diamond, former NJCAA Player of the Year Brandon Parker led the Bulldogs to 29 wins en route to his 10th round MLB Draft Selection by the Atlanta Braves.
Off the field, Gulf Coast has a cumulative student-athlete GPA of 3.37 to go along with an impressive graduation rate of more than 97 percent. “Obviously you win a national championship in football, that’s huge right? That can go on to be a really positive thing at your institution for a lot of years so that was awesome. Like I said, we’ve gone up in our student-athlete graduation rate every year that I’ve been here, so it’s awesome to see that continually climb. You’ve got Brandon Parker who got drafted and he’s one of the best players in the entire NJCAA, All-American two-time. Just fantastic, just awesome to have a guy like that come through Gulf Coast and be able to work with a young man like that. So yeah, those are some of the things that were awesome about this year. Hopefully we can keep this deal going and continue to grow on it,” said Campbell.
A Gulf Coast alum, Campbell returned to Perkinston in August 2017.