The Gulfport School Board approved the hiring of Harrison Central High School offensive coordinator Joey D'Angelo as the Admirals new head football coach. He replaces Ronnie Cuevas who stepped down about four weeks ago accepting the head coaching job at Starkville High School.
D'Angelo has 29 years of coaching experience, 23 years at Long Beach High School, 8 of those as the Bearcats head coach. Prior to arriving in Long Beach, Joey was an assistant coach at Harrison Central for 5 years and one year at his alma mater St. John High School.
D'Angelo said, "I'm excited. Excited about the challenge of taking over the Gulfport Admirals football program. The fans can expect a wide-open offensive attack, the same type of offense I ran at Long Beach and Harrison Central. I can't wait to hit the football turf."
Joey D'Angelo puts his mark on the Admirals football program Tuesday afternoon at 3:00. That's when he invites all Gulfport players to the practice field for the opening of spring drills.
D'Angelo wanted to spend more time watching his son's, Micky and Robby, play at Southern Miss this coming fall. Micky, a red shirt Sophomore, is vying for the starting role at quarterback and Robby hopes to vie for a starting roll at center as a true freshman. However, Joey couldn't pass up the opportunity at coaching at Gulfport High School.
At the Rock The Coast Southern Miss golf tournament on Friday, Southern Miss Head Coach Jeff Bower said Joey would be an excellent choice to take over the Admirals football program. He believes he would bring an exciting brand of football to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.