MISS chatted with Brookhaven Academy Athletic Director/Head Coach Ron Rushing recently. Coach Rushing is a 1991 graduate of ACCS. He played for the Rebel's legendary coach Bobby Marks. He also assisted Marks when he returned to ACCS for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. After high school he played baseball at Co-Lin from 1991-93. Then went to Delta State University and played baseball for the 1993-94 season. He finished his degree at Alcorn State University.
This is Rushing's second stint at Brookhaven. He coached baseball for the Cougar's from 1999-2003. He returned in 2014 and is completing his eighth year over all at BA.
When asked about what was new with the program he responded; that he spent time last year building his staff. His first three seasons it was coach Rushing and one staff member. He credits his Headmaster, Mr. Case, with allowing him to bring some much needed assistants to the program. He stated that it feels like the Cougars are finally overcoming some low years. The team's numbers are closer to where they need to be to compete. BA will return 10 starters on offense and nine starters on defense. With the added numbers and returning starters; Rushing believes for the first time in four years they may could compete for a state championship.
Coach Rushing came to Brookhaven from Cathedral. I asked him what are some of the differences between the MAIS and MHSAA. He responded that the MAIS puts a lot more emphasis on junior high sports. He thinks that at the level that Brookhaven plays the competition is tougher week in and week out. He also feels that there is a greater need for scheming and planning for opponents in the MAIS.
MISS would like to thank coach Rushing for his time and wish him good luck the 2020 football season.