East Central Adds 2 Coaches to Football Staff

By: ECCC Public Information
By: ECCC Public Information

Kyle Watson has joined the football coaching staff at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced Warrior athletic director/head football coach Terry Underwood.

Watson, who serves as offensive line coach, was a standout offensive lineman on Coach Underwood’s 1998 and 1999 squads. He helped lead the 1999 team to an 8-3 mark and earned first-team All-State honors following the successful campaign, which included an appearance in the state playoffs. He continued his athletic career at Mississippi State University where he was a back-up center.

He was previously employed at Newton County High School, where he served since 2004 as offensive line coach, head track coach and science instructor.

He is also a former graduate assistant at MSU under head coach Sylvester Croom.

Watson is a 1998 graduate of Neshoba Central High School and holds bachelor and master’s degrees in physical education from MSU.

He is married to the former Huellen Nutt of Morton, who serves as the College’s cheerleader sponsor. They have a son, Austin.

Brian Jones has returned to the football coaching staff at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced Terry Underwood, athletic director/head football coach.

Jones, who is also a former Warrior football standout, will primarily be responsible for coaching defensive linemen. He will also serve as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Jones is a former athletic director/head football coach at Heidelberg Academy, where he led the 2004 and 2005 squads to an overall 10-9 mark. The 2005 team finished with an 8-2 record.

Jones previously served on the Warrior staff from January 2004 to July of that year, when he took over the Heidelberg Academy football program. His ECCC duties included serving as running backs coach and providing assistance in coordinating the strength and conditioning program.

He began his coaching career at Delta State University, where he served as assistant defensive line coach and helped coordinate the strength and conditioning program from January 2002 to December 2003.

Jones was a member of the 2000 Delta State football squad, which won the NJCAA Division II National Championship. He served as team captain of the 2001 team and received the hustle award the same year.

He was an honorable mention All-State selection on ECCC’s 1999 squad, which advanced to state playoffs under current head coach Terry Underwood and finished with an 8-3 record. Jones was also a member of the 1998 team.

Jones is a graduate of Victoria (Texas) High School, where he was an honorable mention All-State linebacker in 1996. He helped lead Victoria to the District 29-5A championship and a berth in the regional finals en route to a 9-1-1 record.

He holds a bachelor degree in sports management from DSU and an associate’s degree in liberal arts from ECCC.

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