PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast head football coach Jack Wright has added the first four assistant coaches to his staff, hiring Lytrel Pollard to be the defensive coordinator, Bam Bryant to be the wide receivers coach and Randal Agee to be running backs coach. Offensive line coach Les George will also remain on the staff.
Pollard has been at Southern Miss since 2013, where he's served as defensive backs and running backs coach. It's his second coaching stint at his alma mater having previously been there 1999-2007 when he oversaw special teams, defensive backs, linebackers and defensive ends.
During his time with the Golden Eagles, he coached linebacker Michael Boley, kick returner John Eubanks, defensive backs Brandon Sumrall, C.J. Bailey, Kalan Reed and Cornell Armstrong, all First-Team All-Conference USA honorees, as well as Ito Smith, the school's second-leading rusher of all time. Boley was a two-time All-American who won the Conerly Trophy, given to the best college player in Mississippi.
Pollard coached cornerbacks at Memphis in 2008-09 before going to Mississippi College to be the defensive coordinator. The Choctaws improved from ninth to fifth in the American Southwest Conference.
He was defensive coordinator at Tennessee-Martin in 2011, where his defense finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Before returning to USM, Pollard spent a year as cornerback coach at Marshall.
Pollard played high school football at Stringer before playing for USM, finishing in 1997 by leading the Golden Eagles to Conference USA and Liberty Bowl titles. He was the team's leading tackler with double-digit tackles in eight of 11 games.
Pollard and his wife, Kristina, have two sons, Ty, 21, and Klabron, 13. Ty plays football at USM.
Bryant spent the last two seasons at Coahoma, where he served as wide receivers coach and interim head coach. He was also passing game coordinator and co-special teams coordinator.
Bryant coached wide receivers for three years at Delta State, where he oversaw a pair of Conerly Trophy finalists and had first-team All-Gulf South Conference receivers each year from 2013-15. Casey Osborne earned All-American honors, and the Statesmen led the conference in passing and ranked in the top eight nationally all three years.
In 2012 at Millsaps, he had a receiver selected first-team All-Southern Athletic Association as the Majors tied for the conference championship.
At Concord University in 2011, he coached a first-team All-Conference running back and the Mountain Lions won their first conference title since 1990.
After playing for the Memphis Xplorers in the AF2 indoor football league, Bryant coached at Southaven High School.
He started his college playing career Upper Iowa University before transferring to Arkansas. He played there from 2000-2002, helping the Razorbacks win the 2002 SEC West championship. The team played in three bowl games during his time there.
He earned his associate degree from Upper Iowa in 2000 and a bachelor's in human resource management from Arkansas in 2003.
Bryant played high school football at Bartow, Fla., where he was a three-sport letterman.
Bryant is engaged to Christina Foster.
Agee was an offensive lineman at Southern Miss from 2011 to 2015. He was part of USM's Conference USA championship team in 2011 that won the Hawai'i Bowl and the 2015 team that won the C-USA West Division.
He was a graduate student assistant coach at USM for the 2016 team which won the New Orleans Bowl, and in 2017 was the video graduate assistant.
Agee, a native of Terrytown, La., played high school football at Jesuit High School in New Orleans. He also competed in wrestling and track and field.
Agee earned his bachelor's in marketing and his master's in business administration from Southern Miss. He is working on a doctorate in human capital development. He is engaged to Susan Broadbridge.
George is a Mississippi Gulf Coast alumnus who just completed his fourth season as the Bulldogs' offensive line coach.
The East Central High School product played at Gulf Coast in 2005-06 and was an All-Region 23 and All-MACJC performer as a sophomore. He played offensive line at Bacone College, where he got a bachelor's in sports management.
George spent three years as the offensive line coach at Belhaven, where he earned a master's in sports administration. The Blazers set school single-season and game records for rushing offense and touchdowns in 2012 and ranked in the top 12 in the country in both categories.
He coached AFCA NAIA first-team All-American, All-American Southwest Conference and Conerly Trophy finalist right tackle Matt Hall. Here at Gulf Coast, he coached NJCAA All-American Martinas Rankin, the most highly recruited community college lineman in the country and a player projected as a possible first-round NFL Draft pick.
George and his wife, Chelsey, have three daughters, Lucy, 8, Louise, 4, and Laura, 3 months.
For more information on MGCCC's 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.