Tony Hughes is finally a head coach.
Hughes, the safeties coach and recruiting coordinator under Dan Mullen at Mississippi State, has been named the new coach at Jackson State.
Hughes, 56, has been coaching for 31 years, with stops as an assistant coach in the SEC, high school and junior college. He’s getting his first shot to be a head coach at the Mississippi university.
Hughes is a Southern Miss alum that spent the past seven years as an assistant on the Bulldogs’ coaching staff. He previously served as the secondary coach at his alma mater in 2008 and was at Ole Miss from 2005-07 coaching defensive backs and tight ends.
Earlier this year, Rivals.com named Hughes one of the top-25 recruiters in the country after he helped Mississippi State land five of the state’s top six players.
Former Mississippi State assistant coach Tony Hughes is now the coach at Jackson State. pic.twitter.com/CEVCv8IJPQ
— David Brandt (@davidbrandtAP) December 14, 2015
After getting light of the news, Mullen released the following statement about his former assistant:
“Tony is fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a head coach, and I am very proud of him. He has been a loyal assistant and a tireless recruiter. He’s done a tremendous job in helping evaluate our program in our seven years here. Jackson State is not only getting an excellent head coach, but a great person and a family man … Tony’s values will continue to make him successful. I wish him and his family all the best.”
Statement from Dan Mullen on Tony Hughes pic.twitter.com/b3H7oaTBDS
— Ben Wait (@bcwait) December 14, 2015