CLARKSDALE- Coahoma Football is putting their best foot forward to improve their chances for a successful 2019 season. Head Coach Steven Miller has made some changes to give the Tigers a real shot at winning. The biggest shift happened on the coaching staff when Matt Lott was promoted to Offensive Coordinator. Lott is replacing former Offensive Coordinator Moses Harper. Harper has moved on to become the Offensive Line Coach for William Jewell College.
Lott came to CCC with Coach Miller in 2015. As the Offensive Line Coach, he started out coaching an improving offensive line that averaged more than 250 yards a game and sent offensive linemen to play major college football. Now, as the offensive coordinator, Lott is looking to light up the scoreboard and bounce back from a tough 2018 season.
"It was a no brainer that Coach Lott is going to be our new offensive coordinator," said Miller. "He has a lot of Junior College Football experience and a great mastery of evaluating great talent."
The Tigers averaged 17 points per game in 2018. They averaged 287 total yards, which included 162 passing yards and 125 rushing yards.
"I enjoyed my time with Coach Harper and I learned some things that will help in our new offense," said Lott. "The system needs to fit your style as a coach."
Lott is a resident of Wiggins, Mississippi. After attending Stone County High School, he went on to play in the MACJC at Pearl River Community College. He was a starter for two state championship teams that had a combined record of 22-1. In 2004, Lott was part of a national championship team, was an All-American First Team selection and an Academic All-American. He transferred to Baylor University for the 2005 season and earned two letters for the Bears. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Baylor in 2007.
Lott's new explosive offense is similar to the offense he played at Baylor. He's very enthused and focused on the new offensive direction at CCC.
Prior to Coahoma, he spent seven years in Kansas at Independence Community College in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference serving as the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line coach.
During his time at Independence, the offense broke several school records pertaining to the amount of rushing yards and passing yards in a game. He led Independence to its best record since 1998, and under his leadership, the program finished in the national Top 10 in rush offense on multiple occasions.
Lott will also continue serving as the Academic Coordinator and Sophomore Liaison for the student-athletes. He will be the main contact for all four-year universities and colleges that want to recruit Coahoma's Football student-athletes. He helped more than 100 student-athletes receive scholarships.
Lott has coached six offensive linemen who have been named to the MACJC All-Conference Team. This brings Coach Lott's total of All-Conference players coached over the span of nine years to 32. His leadership has led to nine offensive line players transferring to Division I level schools to play as running backs.
The promotion comes at a special time in Matt Lott's life. Kaci Lott (wife) and Poppi Grace Lott (Daughter) have moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi from Waco Texas, which has unified his family. They have always loved and supported Coach Lott in his life and career. Coach Lott is mindful that he has a new role both on and off the field. He's expecting his second child this summer.
"The city of Clarksdale has really loved and embraced us since we moved here," said Lott. "The promotion came at a great time for my family. God has blessed me multiple ways and I appreciate it. My focus is on finding a way for Coahoma's offense to score points and win football games."
The Lott Family has a lot on their plate right now. But Coach Lott will be prepared to hit the pavement in preparation for the 2019 football season. The Tigers are getting ready for a tough 2019 football season with nine games, four home games and five road games. They will open the season with a matchup against the defending MACJC South Champions Jones College at the James E. Miller Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at 7 p.m.
By: Vashon Jones
Coahoma CC Athletics