Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Prep coaches wanting more should look at Bell, JSU’s Clark
by Mark Edwards
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Bill Clark went 11-4 at Jacksonville State. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Bill Clark went 11-4 at Jacksonville State. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
We’ve discussed before how Jacksonville State head coach Bill Clark’s background is primarily in high schools and how rare that is in FBS or FCS.

This week, when Clark’s JSU squad faces Jacksonville, the Gamecocks will go against another coach with a big high school background.

Jacksonville’s Kerwin Bell coached Trinity Catholic in Ocala, Fla., to a state title in 2005 and state runner-up in 2006. The following season, he took over at Jacksonville as head coach.

Clark, of course, spent 18 seasons as a prep coach, including nine as head coach at Prattville, winning a pair of state titles and posting a 56-game regular-season win streak.

It always seems there’s so much doubt about college coaches who move into the NFL or high school coaches who move into college. As a result, few get the opportunity, and often when they have some strong connection.

In Bell’s case, he grew up in North Florida and played at the University of Florida. The high school where he spent six seasons is in Central Florida. Clark is a Piedmont native and a Jacksonville State graduate.

Both are good coaches, too, and it’s good to see them both get a chance, regardless of how they got there.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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