Jacksonville, Ala. – Recruiting coordinator Jimmy Ogle was named interim football coach at Jacksonville State on Tuesday, athletic director Warren Koegel announced.
Ogle has been on the Jacksonville State staff for the last 13 years under former coach Jack Crowe. He coached tight ends during his first season in 2000, and has coached running backs for the last 12 years.
“Jimmy will be running the day-to-day operations of our football program as we move forward with our coaching search,” said Koegel. “All of our coaches are still working, but Jimmy has a great understanding of our recruiting efforts.”
Ogle has helped establish the Gamecock running attack as one of the best in the Ohio Valley Conference and has led the league in rushing four times, including in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2009.
“I want to thank Dr. Meehan and Mr. Koegel for giving me this opportunity,” said Ogle. “I will do everything possible to ensure things run smoothly during this transition period.”
Five of Ogle’s players have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a single season, led by All-American Clay Green’s total of 1,352 in 2006. Rondy Rogers set JSU’s school record with 1,417 yards during the 2001 season, Kory Chapman, who played with the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, recorded the third best single-season rushing mark with 1,285 yards in 2003 and Oscar Bonds finished with 1,263 rushing yards and a school-record 19 rushing touchdowns in 2004.
Washaun Ealey helped the Gamecocks to the school’s 18th Conference Championship after rushing for 1,082 yards to earn first team All-OVC honors in 2011.
His rushing offense set school records for rushing yards per game (260.27) and total offense (444.45) during the 2004 season as the team won their second-straight OVC Championship.
Ogle played at the University of Tennessee from 1991-94 and then served as a student assistant from 1994-97. He spent the next two years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Knoxville Central High School, where the team finished as the Class 4A State Runners-up.
While at Tennessee, he helped the Vols to wins in the Fiesta, Citrus and Hall of Fame bowls as a long-snapper. In 1994, he worked with the UT quarterbacks, including Heisman Trophy candidate Peyton Manning. Tennessee won the 1994 Gator Bowl over Virginia Tech.
The following year, the Vols defeated Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl and then beat Northwestern in the 1996 Citrus Bowl. Tennessee then claimed the 1997 SEC Championship after defeating Auburn and played Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
Koegel is conducting a national search for Jacksonville State’s 13th head coach since the modern ear of Gamecock football began in 1945.
Courtesy JSU Media Relations