Jack Wright is the 22nd coach in Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College history, taking the job in December 2017.
Wright took over a Northwest Mississippi team that was coming off a 1-8 season and mired in probation and in two years turned it into a national champion.
The Batesville native arrived at Northwest in 2013 and his 2014 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 history 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 2008-12 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 has a son, Mason, 7, and a daughter, Anne Elise, 4.