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Huff to lead MGCCC Bulldogs

Stone County Enterprise of Wiggins, Mississippi

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After 15 years as an assistant coach, Chad Huff takes over the reigns as head football coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The Bulldog offensive coordinator accepted the position Fri., Dec. 20.

"It's a very exciting time in my life," said Huff, a 37 year-old native of Hurley, MS. "I'd like to thank the MGCCC Administration for giving me this opportunity. I'm honored, thrilled, and excited all at the same time. I've always wanted to be a head coach and I can't think of a better place to start than right here at Gulf Coast."

Huff takes over for Steve Campbell, who's now head coach at the University of Central Arkansas.

"I worked with Steve Campbell for 12 years and I credit him for putting me in position to have this opportunity," Huff added. "He laid a tremendous foundation here and I'm ready to continue this great legacy under my leadership. It's a new beginning, and I'm looking forward to the challenges that are ahead of us."

Huff takes over a Gulf Coast program that has won four JUCO National

Championships and 16 State Titles. Since 2005 the Bulldogs made an MACJC record seven straight trips to the post-season, six straight trips to the MACJC title game (2007-2012), and six MACJC South Division titles. In the 2007 National Championship campaign, Gulf Coast went 12-0 and also won its first state title since 1986. Gulf Coast has been ranked in the NJCAA football poll for 115 straight weeks and has finished the last eight seasons ranked in the NJCAA's top 10. Also since 005 Gulf Coast has produced 28 NJCAA Ail-Americans, 17 Academic All-Americans, and currently six former Bulldogs are on NFL rosters. Off the field the Gulf Coast athletic program has won the Halbrook Award for two straight seasons, an award for having the highest graduation rate among all of Mississippi's community college athletic programs.

The announcement came less than 48 hours after Campbell accepted the position at Central Arkansas.

"We wanted to move quickly in order to maintain the continuity with this outstanding staff of coaches," said Ladd Taylor, Gulf Coast Dean of Athletics. "As a result, all of our full time assistant coaches will remain at Gulf Coast. "These are exciting times...upcoming new facilities, a new coach, and a new era."

The Bulldog coaching staff includes longtime assistants Stevon Moore and Steve Davis.

"I've worked with Chad for 10 years and I'm proud for him," said Davis. "He'll do a great job and I look forward to working with him. Chad, coach Moore and I are all plugged into the same scoreboard."

Huff becomes the college's 19th head coach since football began back in 1926. He and his wife Renee have two children, Gaines (6), and Grayson (3).

"Chad is a proven leader," said Gulf Coast President Dr. Mary Graham. "He has all the qualities we look for in a head coach...integrity, class, and a winning spirit. I'm looking forward to Chad continuing our great winning tradition."

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Original Publication Date: January 1, 2014

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