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Heidelberg High School introduced their newest head football coach Monday evening as Jim Nowell is set to take over the reins of the Oilers.

“I feel like God has a reason for bringing me here,” said Nowell. “He’s got a reason for bringing each of you here tonight.”

Nowell has had a decorated career as a coach, as he served as the defensive coordinator for Pearl River Community College, along with stints at the Division-I level at Mississippi State as a head strength coach. Nowell also served at LSU under then Nick Saban as an assistant strength coach. He also served as an assistant strength coach at West Virginia University and head strength coach at Western Kentucky.

At the high school level, he served as defensive coordinator for Madison Central. He also served as head coach at Magee and Scott Central.

Nowell also has a passion for Powerlifting, as he has totaled four powerlifting State Championships in his career, including one last season while on staff at Vicksburg. He stated that he looks forward to continuing that at Heidelberg.

“We are going to be dominant in powerlifting here, and because of that, it will transfer over to the football field,” said Nowell.

“I took over a program in 2016 that is very similar to this one,” stated Nowell. “It’s almost like looking in a mirror.”

Nowell guided Scott Central to an 18-8 record overall, scoring 920 points while giving up just 359. In 2017, Scott Central recorded nine shutouts on the season, while also setting team records of points scored in a season [633], most points scored in a game [76], and margin of victory in a game [vs. Sebastopol 76-0]. They averaged 45.2 points per game while allowing 9.1 total.

“I’ve coached over 60 NFL players. In 2004, I trained an offensive lineman that had the highest vertical jump at the combine. The next year, our running back at Mississippi State, Jerious Norwood, ran a 4.33 electronic timed 40-yard dash which was the fastest at the combine,” continued Nowell.

Nowell has coached a total of nine first-round NFL players.

“We want to win games by following a proven recipe that develops young boys into leaders, into men, that can go out into the world and be productive. We want them to ultimately be good husbands and good fathers,” added Nowell.