Blake Pennock embracing new opportunity at Gulfport

Just one day after being named head football coach of the Gulfport Admirals, Blake Pennock already breaking in his brand new practice field as one of the assistant coaches for Saturday’s Bernard Blackwell North-South All-Star Classic.

Pennock is serving as the successor to John Archie following an incredible three-year run at Ocean Springs in which Pennock led the Greyhounds to an overall mark of 32-5 and a district mark of 19-2, culminating with the program’s first trip to the South State title game since 2009.

Certainly a bittersweet transition for the next head man of the Admirals, but he says the opportunity is simply too good to pass up. “It was a tough deal. You’re talking about two phenomenal places, two phenomenal programs, and Ocean Springs was so good to me and everything that we were able to accomplish over there in three short years. And I think to me, ultimately, it came down just to the unbelievable commitment level that the Gulfport administration showed to me, and how they’re just willing to make this thing a powerhouse, and so it was just something that it was hard to do but it was so interesting in things that I just didn’t feel like I could turn it down.”

During his three years at Ocean Springs, Pennock posted a head-to-head record of 2-1 against Gulfport, having won the last two.