Gulfport head football coach hangs it up following Friday’s loss

Gulfport’s shocking first round playoff defeat at the hands of Meridian on Friday prompted Head Coach Eddie Pierce to make an even more surprising announcement following the overtime loss.
After seven seasons of coaching the Admirals, Pierce has decided to step down from his post and venture into retirement.
Gulfport reached the playoffs six out of the seven years he was at the helm, but not once were the Admirals able to advance out of the first round.
Athletic Director Bryan Caldwell tells News 25 he started advertising the job today and hopes to have a new coach in place by January 1st. He says “we’re looking for the best coach we can find that’s the best fit for Gulfport.”
Now with Gulfport out of the playoffs it’s up to Hancock to represent for region 4 Class 6A as one of the five Gulf Coast teams still left in the hunt overall.
The Hawks will be on the road at undefeated Pearl who brought St. Martin’s season to a close in the first round.
Hancock’s 30-27 win over Brandon on Friday ended the region 4 drought of playoff wins dating back to 2014.
Meanwhile, the 5A Stone Tomcats return home this week after coming back to beat West Jones 24-14 on Friday. That was their first playoff victory since 1991.
Down in class 4A, we’re still on a collision course with Poplarville and East Central just one win away from an epic showdown in South State.
Resurrection Catholic is still alive as well with a chance to avenge its loss at Lumberton earlier this year on Friday.

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