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James Wright

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Coaching | Football

James Wright Mississippi Hall of Fame Inductee

James Wright Stats, Bio

Born: April 23, 1946

Hometown: Winona, MS

Year Induction: 2022

High School

  • Winona High School 1959-1963

College

  • Holmes Junior College – Goodman, MS – 1963-1965
  • Delta State University – Cleveland, MS – 1965-1968

Coaching Career

OVERALL HIGH SCHOOL COACHING CAREER

  • Record as head coach: 227-66-5
  • Record as defensive coordinator: 74-1
  • Head coach of 5 state championship teams: Starkville (1984); South Panola (1993); Greenville, AL (1987); North Delta Academy (2000 & 2001)
  • Assistant coach on 4 state championship teams: South Panola (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Received over 20 Coach of the Year Awards
  • Coached in 5 All-Star games in Mississippi & Alabama
  • Coached in the Mississippi High School All-Star game on two occasions (1979 & 1982) ; also coached in MPSA All-Star Game (2000)
  • Coached for both Alabama & Mississippi teams in Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic on two occasions: 1988 for Alabama; 1994 for Mississippi
  • Helped create South Panola High School football dynasty

Shelby High, Shelby, MS – 1968 to 1969

  • Assistant football coach, head baseball coach

Drew High, Drew, MS – 1969 to 1970

  • Assistant football coach, head track coach, head coach of junior high basketball team

Drew High, Drew, MS – 1970 to 1972

  • Head football & baseball coach
  • Football team compiled record of 6-13-1

Carroll Academy, Carrollton, MS – 1972

  • Head football coach
  • Team record of 6-3

Saltillo High, Saltillo, MS – 1973 to 1980

  • Head football coach – 65-18-1
  • Winningest football coach in the history of the school
  • Teams won 4 consecutive Tombigbee Conference titles
  • Named Tombigbee Conference Coach of the Year, 1977, 1979
  • Served as assistant coach in 1979 Mississippi High School All-Star game
  • 1978 team finished undefeated, Tombigbee Conference Champions
  • Received Mississippi Legislature resolution, 1979
  • Received Certificate of Merit, Jackson Touchdown Club, 1979
  • Assistant coach for North All-Stars in 1979 Mississippi High School All-Star game

Head football coach, Starkville High, 1981 to 1986

  • Starkville had an overall record of 51-10-2 during his tenure
  • Led Yellowjackets to 4 district titles, 4 North State crowns, and two Class 5A state championships
  • 1984 team finished 11-1-1; district, North State, & Class 5A State Champions, defeated Callaway 26-0 in title game at Ras Branch Stadium, Holmes CC
  • Named Jackson Daily News/Clarion Ledger Coach of the Year, 1984
  • Named MAC High School Football Coach of the Year, 1984
  • Named District 4 Coach of the Year, 1984
  • WCBI radio Golden Triangle Coach of the Year
  • 1981, 1983, & 1985 teams were rated no. 2 in state
  • 1981 team finished 12-1 and won district, South Little Ten Conference, North State
  • Named District 4 and South Little Ten Coach of the Year, 1981
  • 1982 team was 7-3, runner-up in district
  • 1983 squad was 10-3-1, district & North State champions
  • 1985 team finished 11-2, district and North State champions
  • Received Starkville, MS, Chamber of Commerce Resolution, 1985
  • Received Mississippi Legislature resolution, 1984 & 1985
  • Received Key to the City, Starkville, MS, 1985
  • Received MAC Coaches State Championship Award, 1985
  • Received WCBI TV Certificate of Achievement, 1984
  • Head coach of the North in 1982 Mississippi High School All-Star game

Head football coach, Greenville, AL, High, 1986 to 1989

  • Guided his team to 1987 Class 5A state championship with record of 13-2; team started 1-2, but finished 13-2 and 21-20 double overtime win over Russellville High earned the school’s first state title since 1953
  • His Greenville teams were 26-8 during his tenure
  • Named Birmingham Touchdown Club Coach of the Year, 1987
  • Received Certificate of Appreciation, City of Greenville, AL, 1989
  • Named Coach of the Year, 1988, Toyota Coach of the Year Clinics, Class 5A Alabama football
  • 1986 team finished 3-5; 1988 squad had 12-1 record
  • Team had winning streak of 24 straight games, record still stands as of 2015
  • Assistant coach for Alabama All-Stars in Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Football Classic, June 18, 1988
  • Received state champion coaches award from AHSAA, 1987
  • Received resolution/commendation from Butler County Board of Education, 1987
  • Received proclamation of commendation from Butler County, AL, County Commission, 1987
  • Received proclamation from Alabama Governor Guy Hunt, 1987
  • 1986 team finished 3-5

Head football coach, Nettleton High, 1989 to 1991

  • Led Tigers football team to 10-2 record in 1989 & 9-2 mark in 1990
  • Paced Tigers to the state championship game of Class 2A
  • Named District 2 Coach of the Year, 1989
  • Member of Coaching Staff of the Year, Division 2A, 1989

Head football coach, South Panola High, Batesville, MS 1991 to 1993

  • 1993 squad finished 15-0, district, North State, Class 5A state champions; rated the no. 1 high school football team in the state; team ranked no. 13 in national high school standings in USA Today; defeated Warren Central 42-28 for state title at Memorial Stadium, Jackson, MS
  • Received MAC Championship Coach Award, 1993-94
  • Named MAC High School Football Coach of the Year, 1993
  • Named Mississippi Sportswriters Coach of the Year, 1993
  • Received MAC Service Award, July 30, 1993
  • MAC Coaching Staff of the Year, 1993
  • Selected as 1992 Chickasaw Conference Coach of the Year
  • Received Award of Excellence two times from District Board of Trustees for division, 1992 & 1993
  • 1991 team finished 5-5
  • 1992 team finished 10-2, district & Chickasaw Conference titles
  • Offensive coordinator for Mississippi team in Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic, June 18, 1994
  • Received MAC 25 Year Service Award, 1993

Athletic Director, South Panola High, Batesville, MS, 1993 to 1995

Head football coach, North Delta Academy, Batesville, MS, 1999 to     2001

  • Led team to two Class 3A state championships in 2000 & 2001
  • Named MPSA Coach of the Year, Class 3A, 1999 & 2001
  • Received Mississippi Legislature Resolution, 2001
  • 1999 team finished 10-2 district & Class 3A State Champions
  • 2000 team finished 12-1, district, North State, Class 3A State Champions
  • 2001 squad finished 10-4, district & North State champions
  • Assistant coach in 2000 MPSA All-Star game

Defensive coordinator, South Panola High, Batesville, MS, 2001 to 2006

  • Team was 75-0 at one time and ranked by Sports Illustrated as 3rd in the nation
  • Team won five consecutive Class 5A state championships: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007—4 during his tenure
  • 2003 team finished 15-0, no. 1 team in the state, no. 9 national ranking by USA Today; only the 4th team in 5A history to complete a perfect season
  • Member of MAC Coaching Staff of the Year, 2002

Recognitions

  • Inducted into MAC Coaches Hall of Fame, July 17, 1998
  • Football stadium at Saltillo High named “Willis Wright Stadium” in his honor, 2011

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