MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - John Douglass, the new head coach of the Meridian High School football program was formally introduced to the community Monday afternoon.
Douglass comes to Meridian after most recently coaching the Northeast Lauderdale Trojans to the second round of the 4A playoffs and a 7-5 record.
Douglass also had success in the area as the head coach at Quitman. He led the Panthers to their first division championship and South State championship game in 2011. That same year, Douglass was tabbed the 5-4A Coach of the Year and served as the offensive line coach for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game.
A Meridian graduate, Douglass has always wanted to coach the program one day.
"It was a dream of mine to play football here and I did. And as coaching became kind of the choice I was going to take in my life, this also was a dream," said Douglass. "So this really is a dream come true and when the opportunity presented itself, I just had to."
"It's just a natural no-brainer," said Meridian athletic director, Chuck Butler. "I mean he is eaten up with Meridian blue and we're fortunate to get Coach Douglass, you know, after the situation we've been through. And we're fortunate to have someone that really wants to be here as much as Coach Douglass does."
Douglass was a member of Meridian High's 1985 state championship-winning team and also served as an offensive line coach for the 'Cats under Mac Barnes in 1993-94.