November 30, 2006

Propst to coach All-American Bowl's East squad

Hoover, Ala., coach Rush Propst and his staff have been selected to lead the East squad in the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

Rivals.com is the official selection partner for the all-star game, which will be played Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

Since becoming the head football coach at Hoover, the Bucs have dominated high school football in Alabama, winning 92 percent of their games. Hoover has won five state championships (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) in six years and is in the hunt for a sixth this season.

In 2001, Hoover was the Class 6A runner-up in the state of Alabama and won its region title.

"I feel very honored to be a part of a game of this caliber and to have the opportunity to coach so many great players - as well as two of my own," Propst said. The East squad will include four-star defensive tackle Kerry Murphy and three-star offensive guard Patrick Crump of Hoover.

Like the NFL Pro Bowl, Offense-Defense decided to bring in an entire coaching staff together as one group, instead of bringing a staff that had never worked together before. Offense-Defense All-American Bowl director Gary Henderson said the decision to bring in coach Propst's staff was easy.

"We are honored to have one of the top coaching staffs in the country coaching the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl," Henderson said. "Coach Propst and his staff's accomplishments speak for themselves.

"With only one week to prepare, we decided to model our all-star game after the NFL Pro Bowl and pull a full staff in so they can continue to work the magic they do at their local high schools and prepare the kids to showcase their talents on a national stage."

Propst's résumé
• Propst is a native of Ohatchee, Ala.
• Played football at Jacksonville State University.
• Heading into this season, his overall record at Hoover was 91-8.
• Heading into this season, his overall career record was 159-52.

Offense-Defense All-American Bowl East Coaching Staff
Rush Propst – Head coach
David Faulkner – Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Jeremy Pruiett – Defensive coordinator/defensive backs
Kent Underwood – Running backs
Shawn Sutton – Receivers
Del Hufford – Offensive line
Chris Davis – Defensive line
Jeremy Perkins – Inside linebackers
Kevin Sherrer – Linebackers
Propst also has helped to establish Hoover football as a nationally recognized program. In 2000, the Bucs finished 13th nationally in the USAToday high school poll, ranked eighth in 2001 & 2002, 11th in 2003, fourth in 2004 and eighth in 2005.

Propst also has churned out the prospects at the Birmingham-area school. In his seven years, the Bucs have had 46 players sign football scholarships.

One of the highest-profile high school head coaches in the country, Propst employs an exciting brand of offense, featuring multiple sets and downfield passes. He and his program were the subject of the MTV reality show "Two-a-Days," which aired this summer. He also is responsible for the creation of the annual Southeastern Select 7-on-7 Tournament, which annually brings may of the top high school football programs in the country to Hoover every July.

Propst has been honored numerous times, including being named Saint Clair County Coach of the Year (1992), the Associated Press State Coach of the Year (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2004), Birmingham News 6A State Coach of the Year (1998), Coach of the Year by the Monday Morning Quarterback Club (2000 and 2005), the Birmingham Touchdown Club Coach of the Year (2000, 2002), Birmingham Kiwanis Club Coach of the Year (2000), the Birmingham News Area Coach of the Year (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005), the Birmingham Post-Herald Area Coach of the Year (2003), Schutt Sport Southeast Regional Coach of the Year (2004), and the 2005 Jefferson County Coach of the Year by the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club.

Prior to his arrival at Hoover, Propst was head football coach at Ashville (Ala.) High (1989-1993), Eufaula High (1994-1996), Alba High (1997) and Alma Bryant High (1997-1998). Before that, he spent eight years as an assistant coach at a variety of high schools in Alabama and one season in Northwest Georgia.




 

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