Coaches

Head Coach

WILLIAM JONES

William JonesWilliam Jones returns to Pearl River Community College as head football coach after a highly-successful five-year hiatus to East Mississippi CC as defensive coordinator.

Jones served as DC at The River for seven seasons (2001-2007) before moving on to the Scoobabased school along with former Wildcat assistant Buddy Stephens, who was hired as EMCC’s head coach in the spring of 2008. Jones also served as the East Miss program’s associate head coach.

In addition to also serving as the Lions’ linebackers coach, Jones assisted EMCC Vice President/Director of Athletics Mickey Stokes with administrative duties as the school’s assistant athletic director.

On the sidelines, Jones played an integral role in helping guide the EMCC Lions to a five year composite record of 44-10 (.815), including 2011’s school first NJCAA National Championship, a pair of MACJC State/NJCAA Region 23 titles and four MACJC North Division regular-season crowns.

Jones has helped mentor eight EMCC All-Americans, including Southeastern Conference defensive line standouts Denico Autry of Mississippi State and Alabama’s Quinton Dial. In addition, the Lions have sent an average of 20 players per year to four-year universities and colleges over the past four seasons.

A 20-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, Jones’ 12-year association with Stephens began during their successful seven-year stint as assistant coaches at PRCC. During the duo’s River stint, the Wildcats posted a composite record of 60-12 (.833), including winning four straight MACJC state championships (2003 through 2006) and an NJCAA national championship in 2004. The River also played for a second NJCAA title in 2006.

The Wildcats consistently ranked among the national team defensive leaders during Jones’ tenure, 10 Wildcat players collected NJCAA All-American accolades during his seven-year stay at the school, including 2003 NJCAA Male Athlete of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and two-way (offense and defense) All-American Larry Kendrick. Among the more than 120 Wildcat players who advanced to the senior college level under Jones’ supervision included Larry Brackins, a former fifth-round NFL pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, current Carolina Panthers linebacker Kion Wilson, and former Oakland Raiders defensive back Hiram Eugene.

Before switching to the community college ranks in 2001, Jones spent six seasons at the NCAA Division II level at Kentucky State University, where he served as co-defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator before getting the call from Pearl River CC.

Jones’ debut in collegiate coaching came at Grambling State University, where he served as a defensive assistant coach under the guidance of legendary Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson. During his time at Grambling, the 1994 Tigers claimed the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship and played in the inaugural Heritage Bowl.

While Jones has divided his football coaching career between the community college and NCAA Division II ranks, he also has extensive experience at the professional level. Jones has visited the training camps of several NFL teams through the years, and has also worked many mini-camps and NFL Scouting Combines.

Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in life sciences (pre-veterinary medicine) from Louisiana Tech University in 1990, Jones served as vice president of scouting operations and personnel development for the Sportstek Management Group in Shreveport, La. He later earned a master’s degree in higher education administration, with a concentration in sports administration, from the University of Louisville in 1999.

A native of Hot Springs, Ark., Jones is a popular guest speaker at coaching clinics throughout the country and has been selected to coach during numerous all-star contests. In addition, he has had articles published in American Football Monthly.

Assistant Coaches

New Pearl River Community College head football coach William Jones has recruited an impressive group of co- Nordinators and assistant coaches for the 2013 season ---totally revamping the Wildcat staff.

Offensive coordinator Scott Anderson and defensive coordinator Willie Mack Garza headline the group and are joined by offensive line coach and running game coordinator Jim Jones, wide receivers coach and director of football operations Derrick Crudup, running backs coach and video coordinator Marcus Jordan. Graduate assistant coaches include former PRCC defensive standout Darius Hart (defensive assistant) and Ben Luther (tight ends, strength and conditioning).

“I feel like we have a very solid and knowledgeable group of assistant coaches that will help us bring Pearl River football back to the top in the state and nation,” said Jones. “We’re talking about years and years of experience on board and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

Jones, who served as PRCC’s defensive coordinator for seven seasons under former head coaches Scott Maxfield (2001) and Tim Hatten (2002-2012), will also coach the Wildcat linebackers. Jordan was the only assistant retained from Hatten’s staff.

SCOTT ANDERSON
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR / QUARTER BACKS

Scott AndersonScott Anderson enters his first season as Pearl River’s offensive coordinator and boasts an impressive coaching resume ranging from the Division I collegiate level to high school.

Anderson arrives on The River campus following a one-year stint as quarterbacks coach at Independence Community College in Independence, Kan., in the touted Jayhawk Conference. His superior at ICC was offensive coodinator Matt Lott, a former Wildcat All-American offensive lineman (2003-2004) who went on to a stellar Division I career at Baylor (Tex.).

Anderson and new head coach William Jones have a relationship that dates back to the mid-1990s when both served as assistants at Kentucky State University (Frankfort, Ky.) where Anderson served as OC and QB coach.

A native of Byfield, Mass., Anderson is a graduate of nearby Governor Dummer Academy - he oldest boys’ boarding school in the United States --- where he played football for his late head coach-athletic director father, Robert, who retired from the coaching ranks following Anderson’s sophomore year but remained on board as AD.

From there, he headed to Georgia Tech to pursue a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and graduated in 1982. He was a walkon member of the Yellowjackets’ 1978 football squad and also served as president of Sigma Gamma Tau, the school’s aerospace engineering honor society.

Anderson went on to earn his M.Ed. in kinesiology at the University of Texas (Austin, Tex.) in 1989 where he graduated with a 4.0 gradepoint average. During his UT stint, he interned with the Texas High School Coaches Association. In addition, Anderson took course work at Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, Ala.) to complete work for his teacher certification in 2005 and 2006.

Anderson’s coaching career began at alma mater Georgia Tech where he served as a defensive student assistant from 1979 until 1981 and as a part-time defensive assistant in 1982.

From there, he migrated to the West Coast where he was a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Southern California in 1983 before entering the full-time ranks as outside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Ill.) from 1984 until 1985. At SIU, Anderson honed his fund-raising skills as he spearheaded a drive and raised over $10,000 for the Saluki program. After spending 1986 as head football coach and math instructor at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, Fla., he served as an offensive graduate assistant at the University of Texas from 1987 until 1988 where he earned his master’s degree. Anderson spent the 1989 season as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at West Texas University (Canyon, Tex.) where he also taught P.E. activity classes before heading to Duke University (Durham, NC) as running backs coach from 1990 until 1993. While with the Blue Devils, Anderson coaches three 1,000-yard rushers and headed the punt team in 1991, which improved from last in the Atlantic Coast Conference to No. 3 in net punting that season.

Anderson entered the NJCAA ranks in 1994 when he was hired as head coach at Navarro College (Corsicana, Tex.) where his Bulldog squad led the Texas Junior College Football Conference in passing, finishing No. 7 nationally. A year later, he arrived at Kentucky State where he served with Jones from 1995 until 2000.

During his stint with the Thorobreds, KSU won 33 games in six seasons --- more than the previous 15 seasons combined --- including two winning seasons (first since 1979), as well as the school’s first bowl victory in 42 years in the 1997 Pioneer Bowl.

The Thorobreds’ offensive output skyrocketed upon his arrival, increasing 206 percent in total offense and 325 percent in scoring offense from the previous season. In 1998 and 1999, KSU led the SIAC (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) in total offense. Anderson boasted four 1,000-yard rushers and saw his quarterbacks lead the league in passing for three of his six seasons in Frankfort. In addition, he headed the punt team in 1999 and reduced blocked kicks from seven in 1998 to one in 1999.

From 2001 until 2003, Anderson served as OC and QB coach at Indiana State University (Terre Haute, Ind.) where he saw the Sycamores’ passing offense increase 175 percent, their scoring offense 38 percent, and total offense 14 percent in his first season. During his ISU stint, he was an instructor at the Purdue Elite Quarterback School during the summers of 2002 and 2003.

Anderson opted to return to the high school ranks in 2004, taking over the head coaching post at Columbia High program in Lake City, Fla., where he also taught math. From there, he head to East Gadsden High in Havana, Fla., where he was head coach and a math and P.E. instructor from 2006 until 2009.

During his EGHS tenure, 13 of his players signed with four-year colleges, including the school’s first Southeastern Conference signee. In addition, four of his players inked scholarship in the junior college ranks. In the four seasons prior to his arrival, East Gadsden had only one Division 1AA signee and one at the Juco level.

Anderson headed to Cairo, Ga. in 2010 where he served as defensive ends coach and math instructor at Cairo High before being hired as head coach at Escambia High in Pensacola, Fla., for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

EHS’s program sported a 7-7 overall mark during his tenure, but the school’s 5-5 mark in 2010 was the first non-losing season in the past five years. That year, EHS was predicted to go winless. Anderson was also a math and P.E. instructor at Escambia.

WILLIE MACK GARZA
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR / SECONDARY
FIRST-YEAR PEARL RIVER DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Willie Mack GarzaWillie Mack Garza arrives in Poplarville with an impressive resume that boasts over 15 years of coaching experience on the NCAA Division I level.

A native of Refugio, Tex., Garza is a member of the Texas High School Hall of Fame after his stellar prep career at Refugio High School where he earned Parade All-American, All-State, and All-Decade (1980-1990) honors on the gridiron. In his senior season in 1988, Garza rushed for an amazing 2,954 yards and scored a then-national record 56 touchdowns (336 total points).

RHS played for the Texas state championship his senior year and won its district three of the four seasons Garza played.

In addition to football, Garza was also a track and field standout at Refugio, running the 100, 200, and 4-by-100 meters, as well as one of the state top longjumpers. RHS won the Texas state title his junior year.

Garza was inducted into the prestigious Texas prep Hall in 2001.

From Refugio, he signed on with the University of Texas under then-head coach David McWilliams and was a four-year starter at defensive back for the Longhorns. Garza was also a punt and kick returner as a freshman, but his special teams play was limited his last three seasons due to a knee injury.

In his first season in Austin, Garza was named a freshman All-American, as well as the now-defunct Southwest Conference’s ‘Defensive Newcomer of the Year.’ He also earned All-Southwest Conference honors.

John Mackovich succeeded McWilliams for Garza’s senior season and led the Longhorns to the SWC championship, the last year of the conference existence (the SWC dissolved and UT joined the Big 12 Conference). Mackovich went on to win the Big 12 title his second season at the Texas helm.

As a senior, Garza suffered a broken leg and ruptured tendons in his ankle in the Longhorn’s last game against Texas A&M, which KO’d his status in the 1994 NFL draft. Even though he managed tryouts with various professional teams, his ankle problems ended his playing career.

After graduating in 1993 with a bachelor of science degree in social work, Garza served as a graduate assistant coach under Mackovich while attending graduate school majoring in administration and planning.

In 1997, he was hired as Western Michigan’s defensive backs coach under then-head coach Gary Darnell, who had previously served at Texas’ defensive coordinator and had assistant stints at Notre Dame and Florica. Four seasons later, Garza headed to Texas Christian University as DB coach under Gary Patterson and served in that capacity until 2004 when he moved on to Tarleton State (Tex.) where he coached DBs for a season before heading to North Dakota State to assume the same responsibilities in 2005 before also taking on defensive coordinator duties from 2006-2007.

During his NDS stint, the then-Division II Bison’s recorded 10-1 seasons twice and defeated three Division I schools, including Minnesota, Central Michigan, and Ball State.

In 2009, Garza was hired by then-new University of Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffen in his only season in Knoxville that saw the Volunteers finish 7-6 after falling to Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Garza worked closely with Kiffen’s defensive coordinator father, Monte, while at Tennessee. The Vols’ DBs gave up only four touchdown passes during Garza’s stint in 2009.

A year later, Kiffen, his father, Orgeron, and Garza headed for the University of Southern California, which was under NCAA probationary sanctions at the time. Regardless, the Trojans finished 8-5 in 2010 and 10-2 in 2011.

JIM JONES
OFFENSIVE LINE COACH
RUN GAME COORDINATOR

Jim JonesFormer Notre Dame and National Football League offensive lineman Jim Jones enters his first season as offensive line coach and running game coordinator with the Wildcats.

A native of Chicago Ridge, Ill. (a suburb of Chicago), Jones is no stranger to the Juco ranks as he arrives at The River via MACJC powerhouse Northwest Mississippi CC in Senatobia where he served in the identical capacity for former head coach Ricky Woods from 2010 through 2012.

He spent the 2009 season as OL coach-run game coordinator at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill., after serving as an offensive graduate assistant and assistant OL coach at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., from 2007 through 2009.

Jones is a 1996 graduate of Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Ill. (near Chicago Ridge) where he was a standout athlete. On the gridiron, he earned All-Conference and All-Area honors as a junior in 1995 while repeating those accolades in addition to All-State honors his senior season.

Former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz recruited Jones as a defensive lineman in 1996 (he was a two-way standout on HLRHS’s D and O lines) but moved to the offensive side of the line when defensive coordinator Bob Davie succeeded Holtz as the Fighting Irish mentor in 1997.

Jones was a three-year starter on ND’s offensive front from 1998 through 2000 and was named a first-team All-Independent player his last two seasons in South Bend (Ind.). He started for Notre Dame in the Irish’s losing effort to Oregon State in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl. That season the Fighting Irish was among the top five teams in the NCAA in rushing offense.

A few of the assistant coaches at Notre Dame while Jones was on board included Urban Meyer (former Florida head coach and now head coach at Ohio State), Charlie Strong (head coach at Louisville), and Steven Adazio (head coach at Boston College).

Jones entered the National Football League as an undrafted free agent after his Notre Dame graduation and spent the 2003 through 2006 seasons in the league, including 2003 with NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire where he was named a first-team All-Pro. He also saw NFL stints with the Baltimore Ravens (2001-2003), the Pittsburgh Steelers (2004-2005), and the Washington Redskins (2005-2006).

Under Woods at Northwest Mississippi, the Rangers boasted an average of 230 rushing yards a game in 2010 and 220 a game in 2011 even though the squad converted to a spread offensive scheme.

In addition, the Northwest O-line did not give up any sacks in 2010 and 2011. After being ranked last in the MACJC in rushing in 2009, the Rangers improved to second in the league in 2010 and third in 2011 under Jones’ guidance.

He coached and helped develop offensive tackle Donald Hawkins the 2010 and 2011 seasons at NWCC, who became the first junior college offensive lineman ever recruited by the University of Texas Longhorns.

DERRICK CRUDUP
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATION
WIDE RECEIVERS

Derrick CrudupFormer University of Miami Hurricane standout Derrick Crudup enters his first season at Pearl River as wide receivers coach and director of football operations, boasting an impressive football pedigree as a player and a coach.

The 31-year-old Deerfield Beach, Fla., native arrives at The River via C.F. Vigor High in Mobile, Ala., where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past year. He arrived at Deerfield Beach after spending a season as an offensive graduate assistant with the Southeastern Conference and NCAA national champion Alabama Crimson Tide under head coach Nick Saban.

A 2000 graduate of Deerfield Beach High, Crudup earned USA Today and Super Prep All-American honors as a quarterback and signed a scholarship with Miami under head coach Butch Davis and later Larry Coker. At the U, he was copped the team’s ‘Unsung Hero Award’ and was named to the Hall of Fame of the ‘Unsung Hero’ honorees.

After earning his bachelor’s degree majoring in Business Liberal Arts and minoring in Sports Management in 2000 from Miami, Crudup spent three seasons in the Arena Football 2 League as a quarter, wide receiver, and defensive back with Spokane Shock and Stockton Lightning before entering the high school coaching ranks.

In AFL2, Crudup was the 2005 Arena Cup champions with the Shock and was a member of five bowl teams while at Miami.

In 2000, the Hurricanes defeated Florida in the Sugar Bowl 37-20 before following the a BSC championship in the Rose Bowl with a 37-14 victory over Nebraska. In 2002, Miami fell to Ohio State 31-24 (overtime) in the BCS title bout (Fiesta Bowl), but answered with back-to-back bowl wins in 2003 (16-15 win over Florida State in the Orange Bowl) and 2004 (a 27-10 victory over Florida in the Peach Bowl).

Crudup’s first prep job was at Newton High in Covington, Ga., was wide receivers coach the 2007-2008 school year; before he moved on to Forest Park High in Atlanta, Ga., in 2008 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach until January, 2009.

Crudup entered the collegiate ranks in early 2009 with Stillman College, a Division II school in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he served as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator through the end of the year. While at Stillman, his recruiting class was cited as the No. 1 in the Soutern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

From there, he landed in Tuscaloosa from Janauary 2010 through May 2011 where he earned his master’s degree in Consumer Science.

During Crudup’s Alabama stint, the Crimson Tide won the 2012 BCS championship (Sugar Bowl) when it pounded SEC rival LSU 21-0. ’Bama sported a dominating 22-3 overall record during his two seasons in Tuscaloosa. In addition, he assisted in the development of the 2011 NFL Draft’s No. 6 overall selection wide receiver Julio Jones, as well as helping prepare the nation’s top defense by operating the offensive scout team.

Alabama boasted the SEC’s second-best team in 2012 in total offense and topped all comers in rushing offense. The Crimson Tide was also the 2010 Capitol One Bowl champions, defeated Michigan State 49-7. Crudup headed to C.F. Vigor in August 2012 before arriving at The River earlier this year.

He and his wife, Aprilel Lynn, are the parents of three children: Lisa-Marie, age six; Lola, age three, and Taylor-Renea, age eight months.

MARK GRAHAM
DEFENSIVE LINE

Mark GrahamMark Graham arrives on the Pearl River campus as the Wildcats new defensive line coach with an impressive football pedigree.

A native of Paris, Tex., Graham has made coaching stops at 10 different colleges as a defensive assistant and/or strength and conditioining coach.

Graduating from Paris High School in 1987 where he was a standout linebacker and immediately signed on with then-head coach Ken Hatfield’s Arkansas Razorbacks.

At Paris High, Graham was an All-District and All-Red River Valley performer on a perennial playoff team that won its district all four years of his prep career.

He suited up for the Razorbacks --- primarily as a special teams player --- in 1987 and 1988 before health issues prompted an end to his playing career and he transferred to Division II Angelo State (San Angelo, Tex.) as a student assistant to kickoff his lengthy coaching career.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in finance (real estate minor) in 1990, Graham headed to Tuscaloosa to serve as a graduate assistant on then-head coach Gene Stalling’s Alabama Crimson Tide squad through 1993. He worked closely with defensive line coach and future Tide head coach Mike Dubose during his stay before signing on with Division IAA Appalachian State (N.C.) in 1993 as defensive line coach.

A year later, Graham got his first taste of the NJCAA when he served as linebackers coach at Georgia Military in Milledgeville, Ga., where all of the team’s defensive starters signed scholarships with either ACC or SEC teams. GMC went 10-1 that season.

He served as Central Florida’s DL uner then-head coach Gene McDowell in 1995 and 1996 before exiting the coaching field in 1997 to work for the First National Bank in Ft. Stockton, Tex., in bank operations and compliance.

Graham returned to coaching in 1998 at Auburn University under interim head coach and defensive coordinator Oliver Bowden (brother of Terry who resigned that season) and full-time head coach Tommy Tuberville where he helped coordinate all the defensive fronts and pressures and worked in tandem with game plans.

From there, he headed to the University of Houston in 1999 and 2000 as DL coach under then-head coach Kim Helton. In 2000, the Cougars finished No. 19 nationally in total defense.

In 2000, Graham served as DL and strength and conditioning coach at Division II Jacksonville State (Ala.) before taking another coaching hiatus for three years as a personal  trainer at the Q Sports Club in Houston, Tex., a district distribution manager for Eastern Foods/Hooters in Tampa, Fla., and a store manager for the Supplement Warehouse in Houston.

He returned to coaching in 2006 as LB coach at Division III Sul Ross State in Alpine, Tex., before serving as DL and strength and conditioning coach at Division II Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn., in 2007 and 2008. C-N finished 11-1 in 2008 with a No. 7 defensive ranking nationally.

Graham returned to personal training from 2009 through 2012, but signed on with Southern Methodist (Tex.) as a strength and conditioning coach, working with athletic facility operations, and football administration.

MARCUS JORDAN
RUNNING BACKS
VIDEO COORDINATOR

Marcus JordanFORMER POPLARVILLE HIGH football standout and assistant coach Marcus Jordan enters his third season as a full-time assistant coach at Pearl River after serving as a volunteer assistant in 2009 and 2010.

Jordan coaches running backs and coordinates game videotaping for the Wildcat squad. He also works with the college’s IT department.

Jordan graduated from Poplarville High in 1996 where he was three-year football letterman under then-head coach Pat Morris and served as a Hornet assistant coach the 2005, 2006, and 2007 seasons under former head coach Lance Mancuso. He worked with special teams, film editing, and charting offensive plays.

He earned an A.A. degree in computer technology from PRCC in 2004 and a B.S. in computer information systems in May 2010 from William Carey University. He and wife Jackie are the parents of fraternal twins Zaire (son) and Zakia (daughter), sons Amari and Denairio, and daughter Alon.

DARIUS HART
DEFENSIVE GRADUATE ASSISTANT
DEFENSIVE LINE

Darius HartIN SOME REGARDS, FORMER Pearl river Community College alumnus Darius Hart has come ‘full circle’ in only seven years.

The Poplarville native suited up for the Wildcats the 2007 and 2008 seasons as a defensive end, earning All-MACJC and All-Region 23 honors as a sophomore, including being named the South Division’s ‘Defensive Lineman of the Year.’

His standout efforts with The River attracted much attention from Division I programs, including Louisville, Kentucky, and Kansas State, but Hart opted to sign with head coach Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma State Cowboys.

While in Stillwater, Hart was a two-year letterman, playing on the defensive front in every game during his 2009-2010 stay.

OSU finished ranked in the Top 25 both seasons, finishing 9-4 in 2009 and 11-2 in 2010 and earning bowl berths both seasons. The Cowboys fell to Ole Miss 21-7 in the Cotton Bowl his junior year, but rebounded with a 37-10 victory over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl his senior season.

His DC-DL coach was Bill Young, who served in identical capacities at Miami and Ohio State. He resigned the post after the 2012 season.

Hart rubbed shoulders with some talented Cowboy teammates currently in the National Football League, including wide receivers Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys) and Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville Jaguars), quarterbacks Jack Robinson (Cincinnati Bengals) and Brandon Weeden (Cleveland Browns), running backs Kendall Hunter (San Franciso 49ers) and Joe Randall (Dallas Cowboys), offensive lineman Russell Okung (Seattle Seahawks), and cornerback Perrish Cox (San Francisco 49ers).

Hart is a 2006 graduate of Poplarville High where he was a standout athlete, earning All-District honors for two seasons and was an All-Gulf Coast selection by The Sun Herald as a senior. He played his first three prep seasons under former head coach Pat Morris, while Lance Mancuso headed the program his senior year.

Hart also had great talents on the hardcourt under PHS head coach John Miller, earning All-District honors for three years.

He redshirted at PRCC in 2006.

BEN LUTHER
OFFENSIVE GRADUATE ASSISTANT
TIGHT ENDS/STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Ben LutherPearl River Community College alumnus Ben Luther returns to the Poplarville campus as a Wildcat graduate assistant, coaching tight ends and coordinating the team’s strength and conditioning program for new head coach William Jones.

The 22-year-old Picayune native enrolled at Pearl River in 2008 after graduating from Picayune High School and earned his associate arts degree in 2010. While attending The River, he served as a student assistant coach under former head coach Tim Hatten during the 2008 season.

Luther headed to Ole Miss after completing his coursework at PRCC, earning a B.S. degree in exercise science in 2012 before enrolling at the University of Southern Mississippi where he is working towards his master’s degree in sport coaching education.

After his student coaching stint under Hatten, Luther was the assistant ninth-grade football coach at Poplarville High School, coaching the offensive and defensive lines, then moved on to Oxford High as an offensive assistant and strength coach.

In addition, he coached the school’s powerlifting team.

In May of 2011, he copped an internship in strength and conditioning at Ole Miss while working towards his bachelor’s degree, implementing the fundamentals of Olympic-style lifting with the Rebels’ baseball, track and field, women’s soccer, volleyball, and cheerleading squads.

Luther served as offensive line and strength coach at Holly Springs High School in north Mississippi from June 2011 through January 2012 before grabbing another internship with head coach Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide where he assisted in day-to-day weight room activities.

He gained invaluable knowledge while in Tuscaloosa, assisting in the implementation of the Fourth Quarter Program, which included speed, agility, and Olympic-style lifting. He also worked with the Tide’s offensive line, including notable players Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack, and D.J. Fluker.

Luther joined then-defensive coordinator Jones at East Mississippi CC in Scooba in May 2012 as a defensive grad assistant and assistant strength and conditioning coach.

In addition, he worked closely with former PRCC offensive line coach and ACCFCA ‘Coach of the Year’ Buddy Stephens in all aspects of recruiting and placement of the school’s sophomore to four-year colleges.

Stephens, EMCC’s head coach since 2008, and Jones led the Lions to the MACJC state and NJCAA national championship in 2011.

Luther holds certification as a USA-W Level I Sport Performance Coach, as well as certification in first aid by the Amercian Red Cross of Great Indianapolis.

He was an offensive lineman for the Picayune High Maroon Tide football team.