The Gulf Coast Coaching Clinic is celebrating 53 years

The Gulf Coast Coaching Clinic is celebrating 53 years

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - 600 high school football coaches have converged at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi.

They can listen to a variety of high school and college offensive, defensive and special teams coaches, enhancing their knowledge and coaching techniques.

Rush Propst, the head coach at Colquitt County High School in Georgia was one of the main speakers.  He's guided Colquitt County to two state titles over the past three years.  Before that he led Hoover High School to 5 state Alabama championships in 9 seasons.

Former Gulfport High football coach Lindy Callahan founded the coaching clinic in 1964.  It's come a long way.

Callahan said, "I think we had 96 people at the Broadwater and about 5 displays.  So, over the years we have had a lot of great coaches."

The list includes Nick Saban of Alabama.

Shannon Dawson, the new offensive coordinator at Southern Miss attended the clinic  He says West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen helped him develop his offensive philosophy.

"I played for him at a Division II school in Mississippi and followed him to a school in North Carolina, "Dawson said.  " I've been close to him.  Worked with him for four years at West Virginia.  So, obviously it shaped my mentality a pretty good bit."

The coaching clinic comes to an end on Friday.

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