Clarence McDougal is entering his first season as the secondary coach at Gulf Coast.
He spent the last five seasons as an assistant at Hinds Community College, where he was secondary coach from 2013-17 before being defensive coordinator for one season. During his time as secondary coach, his squad averaged 10.4 interceptions per season and featured three NJCAA All-Americans. He has sent 22 players to play NCAA Division I football.
McDougal was the linebackers and safeties coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College from 2008-12, where he coached with Gulf Coast defensive coordinator Brett Shufelt. McDougal helped lead Co-Lin to the 2012 MACJC championship.
McDougal was a standout on the field during his playing career. He played at Clinton High School where he was a member of the Clarion-Ledger’s Dandy Dozen team as a defensive back and wide receiver. He was a first-team All-State selection and played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game.
After being rated the No. 6 safety in the country, he played at Mississippi State where he played 34 games from 2003-2005. He had 173 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.
McDougal has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from MSU and spent time in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp.
McDougal is married to his wife, Crystal, and they have three children: Cameren, 16, Lauren Crislyn, 5, and Clarence Jr., 4.