Blake Pennock leaving Ocean Springs to become Gulfport head coach

GULFPORT, Miss. –After one of the best three-year runs of high school football the Gulf Coast has ever seen, Ocean Springs head coach Blake Pennock is leaving one powerhouse program for another.

As first reported by WXXV, the Gulfport Admirals officially naming Pennock as their next head coach, following John Archie’s decision to step down last week.

During his time at OSHS, Pennock compiling an incredible overall record of 32-5 (19-2 in Region 4-6A), culminating with the program’s first trip to the South State championship game in 13 years.

The Greyhounds are coming off back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, and have a postseason record of 3-3 under his watch.

He also helped mold Bray Hubbard’s career as an all-state quarterback as the first-ever back-to-back winner of 6A Mr. Football.

Prior to his time at Ocean Springs, Pennock led Pass Christian to its first winning season in 18 years in and its first-ever playoff victory in 2019.

He now takes over a very successful Admirals program that has only one losing season over the last 14 years, but has only one playoff win to show for it over the last 12 years.

In a statement to WXXV, Pennock said, “I’m super excited about this new opportunity. During our conversations, Gulfport’s leadership blew me away with their commitment to building a powerhouse football program in the state of Mississippi. I look forward to hitting the ground running. I wish nothing but the best for Ocean Springs. It is an amazing place, and the school district and community were great to me and my family! I have no doubt that the job will get interest from big time coaches.”

The search for the next head coach at Ocean Springs is already underway.

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