PERKINSTON — Jack Wright has been named the 22nd coach in Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College history, the school announced today.
"I've always believed Mississippi Gulf Coast should be the premier junior college in the country," Wright said. "My goal is to make it that, and to make our community proud. We want to win in all the areas that are important, on and off the field."
Wright's hiring was approved by the school's Board of Trustees on Thursday.
"Jack comes to us with a lot of junior college experience and a lot of experience in the state of Mississippi," Gulf Coast athletic director Steven Campbell Jr. said. "He's a guy that took a team that was 1-8 and won a national championship in our league in two years. He has proven he can attain a high level of success."
The Batesville native arrived at Northwest in 2013 to take over a team that was on probation and coming off a one-win season. The team went 4-6 and made the MACJC playoffs his first season, then lost only one game in 2015 on the way to winning the NJCAA championship with a 66-13 win over Rochester in the Mississippi Bowl. He'll be looking to become the first coach in NJCAA to win titles at two different schools.
Wright was named NJCAA and Region 23 Coach of the Year following his championship season, after which he left to become offensive line coach at Southern Miss. In his time in Senatobia, he coached 41 All-MACJC selections, as well as 13 NJCAA All-Region 23 and nine NJCAA All-American honorees.
It was Wright's second stint at Northwest. He'd been offensive coordinator and quarterback coach from 2008-2012 before moving to Holmes to be the offensive line coach.
Wright coached at Millsaps College from 2005-07, where he was offensive line coach, run-game coordinator and strength coach. The Majors had won only two games in 2005 and went on to win back-to-back conference championships in his last two seasons there.
He coached high school football at Grenada, North Delta Academy and Meridian, where his teams had four 1,000-yard rushers in three seasons while improving from 3-8 to 11-2.
Wright has a bachelor's degree in management information systems and a master's in business administration. He earned both while playing as a center and deep snapper at Arkansas State University from 1997-2000.
Wright and his wife Brooke have a son, Mason, 6, and a daughter, Anne Elise, 3.
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