Rush Propst returns to high school football practice in Alabama

According to AL.com, Rush Propst, longtime high school football coach, is returning to Alabama as Coosa Christian’s new associate head coach and athletic director. Coosa Christian, based in Gadsden, Alabama, is the latest to hire the controversial coach, who has won multiple championships in multiple states last trained in Alabama in 2007.

“You always have to improve yourself and surround yourself with people who might be better than you,” Propst said, per AL.com. “What drew me here was the smallness. I was playing at Ohatchee, a 1A school, back in the 70’s and I learned that coaching is coaching. I don’t care if you coach AA football or the NFL, Coaches Coach. I see the same stupid mistakes on Sunday as on Friday evening in the smallest ratings.”

Off-the-field issues have dogged Propst in many of his previous coaching stints. In April 2021, Propst had not renewed his contract with Valdosta (Ga.) High after a controversial year. During his nine-year tenure from 1999 to 2007, Propst won state championships at several different top-flight preparatory programs, including five at Hoover (Ala.) High.

During this time, Propst’s programming was featured on MTV’s hit show Two-A-Days, which chronicled the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He quit Hoover after admitting to an extramarital affair and landed a job in Colquitt (Ga.) County, where he spent ten seasons before his March 2019 release.

The Colquitt County Board of Education voted to remove Propst from his coaching position after it was found that he violated the Educator’s Code of Ethics for (1) compliance with the law, (2) conduct towards students, (3) honesty and (4) public funds and property, including dispensing pills to students “on more than one occasion” and owing nearly $450,000 in overdue federal and state taxes.

Propst began his tenure at Colquitt County in 2008, and the coach has a 119-35 record over the past decade with two state titles and multiple trips to the championship game. With more than 300 wins at what is arguably the highest level of prep football, he is one of the all-time high school win-scorers in the states of Alabama and Georgia.

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Propst, one of the coaches credited with helping revolutionize haste attacks, has been in the final stages several times to land a college-level job, but it hasn’t paid off. provost said AL.com during a 2013 interview that he was offered a job Gus Malzahn at Auburn but didn’t take it because it was a pay cut. He spent the 2019 season as a volunteer defensive adviser at UAB.

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