Head coach Steve Wright arrived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College campus in Perkinston with high expectations. After six years, Wright stepped down Tuesday, turning in his resignation.
Since 1986 Gulf Coast has compiled only 3 winning seasons, two of those under Steve Wright, posting a 6-4 record in 1998, followed by 7-3 in 1999. This past season the Bulldogs rang up only 3 wins and 6 setbacks.
Athletic Director Chris Calcote says an immediate search for a new head coach is already underway. Applications will be accepted until the end of November and Calcote plans to make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees in December or January.
Coach Wright won't be leaving anytime soon. He'll continue to work for Gulf Coast Community College through the end of May, assisting with public information and marketing. He said, "Our family enjoyed being part of the Gulf Coast family. I continue to be positive about the program, the college and the community. The support of the administration, faculty and staff has been tremendous."
Perkinston Campus Vice President Dr. Mary Graham said, "Coach Wright fufilled his coaching responsibilities with integrity and a genuine concern for his players, on and off the field. His dedication to the team and to the college is indisputable."
Wright was 26 and 34 in six years at Gulf Coast. Calcote says contracts for assistant football coaches John Butler, Mike Gavin and Kelvin Lyon will be extended until May 30 and the new head coach will have an opportunity to evaluate the coaching staff. Calcote will be responsible for the administration of the football program until a new coach is in place.