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Copiah names Paul Anderson as new head football coach

Copiah Academy in Gallman announced today that Paul Anderson, a veteran teacher/coach and alumnus of the school, will lead the football program

Paul Anderson comes to Copiah Academy from Clinton High School, where he has served as the offensive coordinator for the varsity football team and the varsity boys golf coach.

Anderson is in his 21st year in the field of education. He is a 1988 graduate of Copiah Academy and then went on to earn an Associates of Arts degree from Copiah Lincoln Community College. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies education from Belhaven College. In 2002, Anderson received his Masters in Secondary Education from William Carey College.

Anderson’s coaching career has involved stops at Copiah Academy, Winston Academy, St Martin High School, Jackson Prep, Brookhaven Academy, Richland High School, Terry High School and Clinton High School. During his career, Anderson has coached football, basketball, golf, track, tennis, and girls softball.

His accomplishments in football include state football championships in 1997 and 1998 where he served as offensive coordinator under current University of Louisiana Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth, and Crystal Springs native Nick Brewer respectively. In 2000, Anderson was the offensive line coach for State AAA football champions, Jackson Prep under the direction of head coach Ricky Black.

In 2006, Anderson served as offensive coordinator for Terry High school and helped to lead the Bulldogs to a South State AAAA runner up under coach Bill French. In 2009, as head coach of Terry High School, Anderson lead the Bulldogs to their best record in 6A, highlighted by a win over Hattiesburg High School.

In 2011, Anderson served as offensive coordinator for the South in the Bernard Blackwell All Star game held in Biloxi, MS.

In High School girls basketball, Anderson lead the Winston Academy Lady Patriots to a State AA runner-up finish and an overall appearance. Anderson received Coach of the Year honors on three occasions during his career at Winston Academy.

Anderson is married to the former Christy Walker of Crystal Springs for almost 19 years. They have two children, Emmalee, 13, and Walker, 8. They attend First Baptist Church, Crystal Springs.

Anderson was hired after former head coach and athletic director Scotty Cline informed the school’s administration that he intends to pursue another career at the conclusion of the school year.

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