January 30, 2008
Moultrie - It took less than ten minutes for the Colquitt County Board of Education to approve the hiring of Rush Propst as head football coach at Colquitt County High School on Wednesday morning.
Propst was the head coach at Hoover High school in suburban Birmingham, Alabama where he won five state titles in Alabama's largest classification incluidng four straight from 2002 - 2005.
Propst and the Hoover High program gained national attention when their 2005 and 2006 seasons were documented on the MTV series "Two-A-Days."
An academic scandal at Hoover High and questions about Propst's personal life led to his resignation at Hoover High in late October.
Propst did coach Hoover through the end of the 2007 season.
Colquitt County superintendent Leonard McCoy says the school system did an extensive investigation into Rush Propst and talked with numerous players, parents and other members of the Hoover community.
Based on that investigation, McCoy says he and Colquitt County believes Rush Propst is coming to Moultrie to be the man of integrity and to provide the leadership for the young people in the community will allow the Packer football team to move forward in a very positive manner.
Propst says he is ready to turn the page and move forward with his life and try to prove to people he is worthy of the opportunity he has been given at Colquitt County.
He also says he is not looking to be in the limelight and wants everyone in Moultrie to know he is just a simple man from rural Alabama who wants to be very approachable with members of the community.
Propst takes over a Colquitt County program that won just two games in 2007 and has missed the state playoffs for two consecutive seasons.
Even though he has spent virtually all of his coaching career in Alabama, Rush Propst is aware of the difficult region Colquitt County plays in with two defending state champions in the region in 2008 with Northside-Warner Robins moving up to the AAAAA classification.
Propst isn't promising any quick turnarounds and says he plans to be patient and not cut any corners in rebuilding the Colquitt County program.
Rush Propst succeeds Tim Cokely who resigned in early December after three seasons.
Cokely was soon hired back at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee.