When Brandon Cobb stepped away as the Long Beach boys’ basketball coach, he left his successor with a pretty solid foundation.
“I think the program is in good hands with Coach Nick Coln,” Cobb said.
Departing to take a staff position at his alma mater, St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Cobb left his Long Beach Bearcats hoops coaching job after two years.
“Coach Coln’s got a great group of young men, and I’m sure he will do well,” Cobb said. “I wish them the best of luck next season.”
Coln brings to the Gulf Coast a dozen years of coaching experience in north Mississippi.
During his twelve years, Coln guided Smithville, Olive Branch and Alcorn Central hoops teams. He served as an assistant basketball coach at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
The former University of Louisiana-Monroe basketball player brings a 124-153 coaching record to the Gulf Coast from North Mississippi. Last season, Coach Coln was 23-7 with state 1A Smithville and landed a spot in the playoffs.
Brandon Cobb took the Bearcats to a 5A district championship in 2018-19 with an impressive 24-7 record.
Long Beach Superintendent Jay Smith says he is thrilled to bring Coach Coln aboard.
“It is with excitement that the Long Beach School District hires Coach Coln to lead our varsity boys’ basketball team.”
Coln served the past six years at Smithville.
During his two years at Long Beach, Cobb, a former St. Stanislaus hoops standout, was 33-26 at Long Beach High.
In 5A Region 7, fans of the Maroon & White closed out the 2019-20 regular season February 7 on a positive note. Long Beach defeated Coast rival Bay High 70-53, while hosting Senior Night.