JSU’s Bill Clark Completes Football Staff
Jacksonville, Ala. – Jacksonville State head football coach Bill Clark completed his staff with the announcement of Jody Wright as Passing Game Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator, and Tyler Cook as assistant to the head coach for all administrative aspects of the football program.
Wright, who will also coach tight ends at Jax State, spent the last three years under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide win back-to-back BCS National Championships. Alabama posted a 35-5 record during his three years as he worked with the wide receivers and running backs. He was part of a coaching staff that produced NFL first-round draft picks Mark Ingram, James Carpenter, Julio Jones and Trent Richardson.
Alabama ranked 12th nationally in scoring offense (38.71 points per game), 16th in rushing offense (227.50 yards per game) and 31st nationally in total offense enroute to the school’s 15th National Championship in 2012, where Wright served as an offensive analyst.
Prior to joining Alabama, Wright worked for Dan Mullen at Mississippi State, where he was director of football operations, while also serving as an on-field offensive graduate assistant under Sylvester Croom.
Wright assisted with coaching the offensive line, and was in charge of coaching the scout team. He spent a large portion of his time in tape and computer scouting reports, and was also in charge of compiling offensive quality control variables.
In 2005, he served Mississippi State as a volunteer coach for the defense, working closely with the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator and helping coach the defensive backs.
From 2002 until his arrival at State, Wright worked as a student assistant coach at Jacksonville State, his alma mater. He coached on both sides of the ball at JSU, working with the outside linebackers early in the 2004 season. Wright also tutored the running backs and wide receivers while there.
Wright played running back Jacksonville State beginning in 2000 and became a student assistant coach in 2002. While working with the offense, Wright helped the Gamecocks win the 2003 and 2004 Ohio Valley Conference championships.
Wright played on three undefeated state championship football teams at Pickens Academy where his father Lynn Wright was the head coach. The Wright family has a long football coaching pedigree. Jody’s brother Josh is head football coach at Bessemer (Ala.) Academy, while his younger brother Jonathan played football at West Alabama.
Cook joins the Jacksonville State staff after spending the last three years as an administrative graduate assistant at South Alabama, and will assist Coach Clark with many of the administrative duties of the head coach’s office. He comes into contact with virtually every area of the Gamecock program.
While at South Alabama, he assisted in the day-to-day administrative aspects of the Jaguar football program under head coach Joey Jones from 2010 through the 2012 season. He was responsible for scheduling recruiting visits, player meetings, mentoring, study hall administering and maintaining recruiting database.
Cook was a defensive student-assistant under Clark at South Alabama for the 2009 season, where he was responsible for the organization of the offensive scout team and helped the Jaguars post a 17-0 record in their first two seasons.
He served as a marketing intern for the Senior Bowl for the 2009 game, where he assisted with all marketing aspects of the game. He also was responsible for game week setup and game day operations, while also assisting various committee events as a liaison.
Cook, a native of Demopolis, earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from South Alabama in 2009, and a Master of Science from USA in 2012.
Courtesy JSU Media Relations