Gone, but not forgotten: Legendary MGCCC Coach George Sekul passes

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community has lost a legend. Former MGCCC Head Football Coach George Sekul died at age 83 Monday at his home in D’Iberville surrounded by family.

Sekul spent four years as an assistant coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast and took over as head coach of the football team in 1966.

Coach, player, father, husband, grandfather, shrimper: all of these describe the legendary George Sekul.

Not only did Sekul lead the Bulldogs to national titles in 1971 and 1984, eight state championships, and has been inducted into ten sports hall of fames, he was also a successful football player, attending what was then Perkinston Junior College and was named as a first-team all-state selection at quarterback before eventually becoming the starting quarterback at what is now Southern Miss.

Despite dedicating much of his life to the game of football, Sekul was blessed with three daughters and no sons, something his youngest daughter, Michelle, says was a good thing. “It’s probably a blessing because to rise to that standard– my dad was such a phenomenal athlete and, of course, he was an outstanding coach and leader. And those are big shoes to fill. So, I guess instead of having football players, he had cheerleaders.”

Michelle, who is currently the dean of student services at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, says it is an honor for people to associate her with such a great man. “Oh, are you George Sekul’s daughter?’ Yes, I’m George Sekul’s daughter. Oh, and the stories that would follow.”

One of the stories comes from Sekul’s former player and current Biloxi City Councilman Kenny Glavan as he remembers when the lauded coach recruited him. “Coach shows up at the shop and he looked over at me with that look and he looked at my dad and said ‘We need him.’ And both my dad and him went into the office. About five minutes later, my dad came out and said ‘you’re going to play for Coach.’ He gave a lot of Coast boys the opportunity to continue a game that we love. And I think if he saw the love of the game in a person, that’s the kind of player he wanted.”

After retiring from coaching in 1991 with more than 200 wins in 26 years at the helm of the bulldog football program, Sekul became a pillar in the Gulf Coast community by serving as a chairman for the Biloxi Shrimp Festival, president of Central Bay Seafood, and as a member of the Biloxi Business Men’s Club, just to name a few.

Visitation will be at St. Michael Catholic Church in Biloxi Saturday, January 9th from 10am-12pm. Services will begin at noon.

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