As names continue to be floated around for the head coach opening at Jacksonville State, at least three people have applied for the job, according to various sources, including a former Gamecock that says he’s interesting in returning to his alma mater.
South Alabama assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Bill Clark told Al.com he’s not only interested, but already informed Jacksonville State officials of his interest.
As of yet, Clark has not been interviewed for the head coaching position.
Clark doesn’t have any experience as a head coach at the collegiate level, but the 44-year old Anniston native lead Prattville high school to two Class 6A championships in his eight years with the program, and his 2007 squad was ranked No. 2 in the country by USA Today. Clark left Prattville after the ’07 season, taking the position at South Alabama.
In his years at Prattville, Clark was 107-11, and didn’t lose a regular-season game his last five years. In 2007, Clark was named the Alabama High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year following his final season with the Lions.
Two other names, according to the Anniston Star, are West Alabama coach Will Hall and first-year Texas A&M linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt. The newspaper cites sources close to each saying they are applying for the opening.
Hall was the quarterback and Wallerstedt the defensive coordinator when North Alabama came to JSU and beat the Gamecocks 28-16 in 2003, the only loss the Gamecocks have suffered to a non-Division I team since joining an FCS conference in 1997.
Hall just completed his second year as West Alabama’s head coach after serving the previous three years at offensive coordinator.
Wallerstedt, a 22-year coaching veteran, was at Akron, alma mater Kansas State and Air Force between UNA and Texas A&M. He was associate head coach at Akron and Air Force.