There were many outstanding high school head coaching candidates worthy enough to receive the award.
After reviewing what the teams accomplished...we decided to name Hancock's Rocky Gaudin as 2014 WLOX Coach of the Year.
He guided the Hawks to 7 wins and 5 losses and for the first time since 1991, Hancock battled it's way into the State Playoffs.
The Hawks behind quarterback Chase Fagan won four straight games....to secure the number 3 seed in the tough Region 4-6A playoff standings. Hancock won four straight games with wins over D'Iberville, Hattiesburg, Biloxi and Harrison Central to claim 4 wins and 3 losses in the region race. After 23 years the Hawks were back in post-season play.
Gaudin said, "I think it was a huge thing for the school. I think our coaches are very proud of it. I've been there and I know how exciting it is and I told our kids in the middle of the year, when things were stilling going pretty rough, I said, I just wish ya'll would get the feeling of what it's like to practice during the week in preparation for either seeding in the playoffs or win a championship or to advance in the playoffs.
So I was glad our kids got a chance to experience that and our coaches."
Rocky was a long-time assistant under former Hancock North Central head coach Irvin Favre and learned a lot from the legendary coach.
"Irvin and I use to talk about it all the time...winning builds winning and losing builds losing. It's just about how it works, "stated Gaudin.
Rocky Gaudin....WLOX Coach of the Year.
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