Gush becomes DC on Gilbert’s new McNeese staff

Gush becomes DC on Gilbert’s new McNeese staff

Former Navarro College head football coach Jim Gush officially was named new defensive coordinator at McNeese State on Thursday, Jan. 4.

Gush resigned here December 14 after coaching the 2018 Bulldogs to a 6-5 record, the SWJCFC Semifinals, and a berth in the 10th annual Salt City Bowl at Hutchinson, Ks.  He had been promoted after one season as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator.

Gush was among early target choices on coach Sterlin Gilbert’s newly assembled staff at McNeese.  Gilbert, the former University of South Florida Offensive Coordinator, had been hired Wednesday, Dec. 5, by the Lake Charles, La., school as its new head coach.  Upon taking the job, Gilbert scrambled to put together an entirely new coaching cadre, as well as hold and attract recruits during the NCAA’s early signing period, December 19-21.

Joining Gush on McNeese’s staff is a former Bulldog assistant, Jimmy Fowler, who was named as the Cowboys’ new Director of Football Operations.

Gush was the third Southwest Junior College Football Conference head coach to resign after NJCAA Bowl Weekend, Dec 1-2.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Danny Palmer resigned after 13 seasons at Tyler, but will continue to work in TJC’s athletic department.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, Kilgore’s J.J. Eckert officially was named the new head football coach at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Ok. Eckert, an NSU graduate and former player, served as a junior college head football coach 15 years at Garden City, Ks., and at Kilgore.  KC removed the ‘interim’ tag and named Willie Gooden as its new head coach on January 4.

Navarro Athletic Director Michael Landers began the process of interviewing candidates during the holidays, and ideally, hoped to present a new head football coach around January 2.