FCS program Jackson State has hired Mississippi State associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Tony Hughes as its next head coach, according to Michael Bonner of The Clarion-Ledger.
Hughes, 56, has over 30 years of experience as an assistant coach and has never run a team by himself. He has spent the past seven years at Mississippi State and given his reputation as a strong recruiter and defensive mind, he can turn around a Tigers program that went 3-8 (3-6 SWAC) last season and has not had a winning season since going 8-4 under Rick Comegy in 2013.
Hughes himself discussed the prospect of being a head coach at a Bulldogs’ practice last week.
“The only thing I’ll say is, in my career 31 years of coaching, I would love to be a head coach,” Hughes said. “As a career assistant in the SEC, a high school coach, junior college, I would love to be a head coach in my career. There are few opportunities that arise in a career that you may get an opportunity or not.”
Hughes is now getting that opportunity, and hopefully he makes the most of it and turns Jackson State around for the better.