MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Meridian School Board voted unanimously Thursday to hire John Douglass as the Wildcats' head football coach. The Queen City native said he is excited to come home.
"It feels great. It is a position I have wanted. It's one that when I decided to be a coach a long time ago, I always envisioned myself doing this job, so I'm very excited to have the opportunity," said Douglass.
The team has seen several recent coaching changes, but Douglass said he is here to stay.
"This is my home. This is the community I want to be in. When it comes to getting these kids to try and buy in, I think being there every day and them coming to realize that you're committed to them as much as they're committed to this football team. You know, it's not going to happen overnight," said Douglass.
The school board just made public Monday its firing of former head coach Martez Edwards over what was deemed an inappropriate photo that surfaced on social media.
Superintendent Dr. Amy Carter said Douglass was an obvious choice for the position, as he is someone who will provide stability for the program.
"First and foremost, we want to thank our community, Wildcat nation, our students, our parents, our educators for being patient with us through this process. We just want them to know that selecting a hometown guy, someone who is committed to excellence, someone who knows what we stand on, he is going to help us rebuild and restore our program," said Carter.