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Vicksburg Daily News Mississippi College Coach of the Year: Alcorn’s Fred McNair

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Alcorn's head football coach Fred McNair. (Photo from Alcorn State University website)

After leading the Alcorn State University football team to a 9-4 season and a SWAC Championship, Vicksburg Daily News has selected head coach Fred McNair as the Mississippi College Coach of the Year out of the list of every head coach at every college and university in the state.

The 2019 football season was McNair’s fourth year as head coach at Alcorn and the second year in a row that he led his team to a SWAC Championship title. With the graduation of 2018 quarterback Noah Johnson, McNair was forced to play a new quarterback this season, and he chose quarterback Felix Harper to fill the vacant spot. McNair whipped Harper into a leader and won another championship.

Before he began his coaching career, McNair was a star football player at Alcorn playing wide receiver until he switched to quarterback in his junior year. He went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990 season and played for many Arena Football League teams where he finished his career with 340 touchdowns.

Prior to his coaching tenure with Alcorn, McNair had four years of collegiate experience at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., where he helped the team win two Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships between 2005  and 2008.

He then moved to coaching high-school teams. McNair won two state championships while he was an offensive coordinator at Mount Olive High School in 2009 and 2010. After a couple of years at Mount Olive, McNair became the head coach of Collins High School where he took the team to a second round playoff appearance.

In 2013, Alcorn’s then-head coach Jay Hopson hired McNair as quarterbacks coach. While serving under Hopson as an assistant coach, the braves won two SWAC Championships. Hopson left Alcorn to become the head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi at the end of the 2015 season, and Alcorn named McNair head coach in 2016. Since he began coaching at Alcorn, McNair helped Alcorn to become the SWAC East Champions six years in a row, four of them as head coach.

Alcorn ended its 2019 season with a loss in the Celebration Bowl to North Carolina A&T, but the Braves remain the defending SWAC Champions as they prepare for next season.

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Vicksburg hunter Patrick Southerland got his first deer this weekend

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Patrick Southerland (photo courtesy Brooke Southerland)

Vicksburg hunter Patrick Southerland killed his first deer this weekend in Warren County.

Southerland is 10 years old and a fourth grader at St. Francis Elementary School where he is known as a great student.

Southerland is also a football player for the St. Francis Flashes peewee football team and is well liked by his teammates and coaches.

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Brown helps Ole Miss to a 59-42 win over South Carolina

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Ben Brown (photo courtesy Ole Miss Athletics)

Vicksburg native and Ole Miss offensive lineman Ben Brown helped the Rebels to a 59-42 win over South Carolina Saturday.

Brown’s blocking allowed the Rebels offense to score 59 points, the highest score the team has put up all season. Brown started at center and was a key reason quarterback Matt Corral was protected enough to throw for six touchdowns in the big victory.

Brown is a junior at the University of Mississippi and is one of the Rebels best lineman in years. He is a 2017 graduate of St. Aloysius High School.

Ole Miss is now 3-4 and will face No. 5 Texas A&M Saturday.

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McDaniel and Sizemore finished successfully in their first season as head coaches

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VHS Gators Head Coach Todd McDaniel (photo )

Vicksburg High School football coach Todd McDaniel and St. Aloysius football coach Stacey Sizemore both finished with successful seasons in their first year at their schools.

McDaniel arrived at VHS earlier this year to help lead the Gator who hadn’t reached the playoffs since 2017.

The Gators had a rocky start in McDaniels first few games but the head coach quickly began turning things around as the offense got more and more comfortable with the wing-t running style.

The Gators were able to finish with a 4-8 season and ended up reaching the class 5A playoffs this season. McDaniel and the Gators will now begin weight room workouts to prepare for spring training.

Flashes Head Coach Stacey Sizemore (photo )

Sizemore got the head coaching job of the Flashes back in February and inherited a very young team that he was in charge of turning around.

The Flashes struggled in the beginning of the season and were unable to score a touchdown early in the year. Soon, St. Aloysius shocked Silliman Institute in a 38-0 shutout to give them their first win under Sizemore.

The Flashes went on the finish the season with a 4-7 record under Sizemore and they are now currently in off season training.

Both Sizemore and McDaniel have a long history and reputation of building successful programs at the schools which they have coached, and many fans will be supporting them as they are preparing for their second season.

 

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