MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) Maurice Gowdy has been named Northeast Lauderdale High School’s next head football coach.
Gowdy was formally introduced at the Lauderdale County School District’s monthly board meeting on Thursday night. He spent last season serving as Pascagoula’s outside linebackers coach.
Prior to his role at Pascagoula, Gowdy served as offensive coordinator at Moss Point and Laurel as well as defensive backs coach at Biloxi. While at Laurel, he was part of the team that won the 2007 MHSAA 4A State Championship.
“I’ve been part of teams that did not win district championships but went on to win a state championship,” Gowdy said in a video provided by LCSD Communications Director Andrea Williams. “We are going to come in and instill in the kids a mindset of being a champion.”
Gowdy was born in Meridian and shared that “it is awesome” to be back.
“We are excited to have Coach Maurice Gowdy come in,” Northeast principal Sammy Sullivan said in a video taken by Williams. “He has got the character, the style, the pizazz, the energy and the drive to want to make a difference at Northeast High School….I know he’s going to be a game-changer and make a difference in these young men and women’s lives.”
Gowdy will replace former head coach Glenn Sanders who will be departing to coach at Meridian High School under former Northeast Lauderdale head coach John Douglass.