Douglass named new MHS head football coach

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian Public School District announced the hiring of John Douglass as the new head football coach of the Meridian High Wildcats Thursday. The announcement comes just two days after the school board approved the termination of former head coach Martez Edwards.

Douglass is a 1987 graduate of Meridian with more than 10 years of head coaching and 20 years of educational experience. He was the head man at Northeast Lauderdale last season, leading the Trojans to a 7-5 mark.

"I know that my alma mater, Meridian High School, is a great school and accustomed to success in athletics and is on its way to becoming a high achieving school," Douglass said.

Along with head coach stops at Northeast Lauderdale, Quitman and George County, Douglass was also the offensive coordinator and line coach under former Wildcat head coach Larry Weems during his time at Pearl High.

The Wildcats open the 2019 season Aug. 23 at Northeast Lauderdale.