Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has named Wendell Weathers as the Bulldogs new head basketball coach. He'll replace his father Bob Weathers who will retire on June 30 after 42 years as the Bulldogs head coach. Wendell served as his dad's assistant coach for the past 14 years.
The college's Board of Trustees must approve Wendell's hiring at its June 19 meeting in Perkinston. He'll begin his new position on August 1.
Weathers said, "Change may not come in a major way. After all what worked for 42 years for my father can still work today. We've been fortunate to have good players in the program. Recruiting is the foundation of our success. It's one of the hardest things you have to do in any program. We have seen changes in our local recruiting and we're trying to be a lot more in touch with local high schools and at the same time become more familiar with high schools around the state."
Gulf Coast President Dr. Willis Lott said, "Wendell has been a coaching partner in two teams that reached national championship play. His selection as head coach will give continuity to a program that has enjoyed the leadership of a legendary coach. Our expectations and his goals are to build on that success to take the Bulldog basketball program back to the national tournament."
Wendell hopes to follow in his dad's footsteps, steps that led to 867 wins, 14 South Division titles, nine state championships and three appearances in the national tournament. Bob Weathers ranks second in most career wins in the national community college basketball ranks.
Wendell played for his dad from 1977 through 1978 and still holds three school records for most assists in a single game, most assists in a season and all-time assists leader. Wendell said, "I don't know how you can sum up what I learned from my dad. Over the years, I've simply learned his philosophy and strategies from just being around him, playing with him and knowing what was expected as a player."
Gulf Coast Athletic Director Chris Calcote said, "Wendell has his own goals and objectives as head coach. He'll make a mark in Gulf Coast athletics, and he'll carry on the Weathers tradition of winning championships and teaching his players that success comes only after a lot of hard work and discipline.
Before coming to Gulf Coast, the Stone County High School graduate was head basketball coach at Buras High School in Louisiana (1981-83) and head basketball coach at Thibodaux High School (1983-88).
Wendell is married to Tammie (Callahan) of Thibodaux, La. and the father of Ross (11) and twins Emily and Robert (8).