DEKALB — The Kemper County School District Board of Directors recently approved Joshua Pulphus as the new Head Football Coach of the Kemper County High School Wildcats.

Pulphus has nine years of experience as a high school Athletics Coach and Teacher in North Mississippi.

Pulphus began his career in Aberdeenin 2008 as an Assistant Coach to running backs and defensive backs. In 2009, the team finished as MHSAA 3A State Runner-Up.  He then took a coaching position at West Point High School to coach running backs (2010 – 2012), whereby the team won the MHSAA 5A State Championship in 2010.

With his track record, Pulphus advanced his coaching career in Mississippi. He served as defensive Coordinator and Defensive Back Coach for Columbus Municipal School District (2013); Defensive Coordinator for New Hope High School (2014 – 2015); and Defensive Back Coach for Starkville Oktibehha School District (2016).  

“I am honored to have been chosen to serve as head coach of Kemper County High School,” said Pulphus.  “I am committed to building upon the success of our program as we look toward future championships, but I am equally devoted to making sure our students graduate with a quality education and become great citizens.”

Pulphus is making plans to relocate his family to Kemper County.  “I believe in Kemper and I am going to be spending a great amount of time developing, mentoring and teaching young men,” said Pulphus. “I am not only a coach but I am also a husband and a father. My family is excited about being part of a new school district and community, where we can call home.”

The school board voted unanimously (5-0) to accept the selection committee’s nomination to employ Pulphus as head coach.

“Thanks to our rigorous selection process, our committee feels very confident that we made the right choice in hiring Coach Pulphus,” said Kathi Wilson, Kemper County High School Principal. “We had a great cross-section of school and community stakeholders spending countless hours involved in the applications, interviewing, and nomination process.  Aside from his strong background, we were most impressed with Coach Pulphus’s incredibe knowledge and handling of the game when presented with difficult scenarios.”

Kemper County High School Wildcats finished as the MHSAA 3A State Champions last season under former Coach Chris Jones.

“Coach Pulphus brings a lot of energy to our program,” said Wilson. “I am elated and extremely optimistic that he will be successful with our young men on the field and all of our students in the classroom.”

Pulphus is a native of Okolona, MS and graduated from Southern University of Mississippi in 2008 with a BS in Health.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of West Alabama and a Specialist’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.