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NOVEMBER 4th GAME RESULT
NEW QUISTOR COACH SEEKS STABILITY
Photo and Story by BOB BAKKEN Sports Editor - DeSoto Times-Tribune
July 27, 2016
For the fourth time in the last four years, Olive Branch High School will have a new football coach on the sidelines when the season starts next month, as 38-year veteran leader Pete Hurt takes over.
Hurt, addressing the Rotary Club of Olive Branch Tuesday noon, quickly addressed the revolving door that has occurred in recent years at that position.
“I’ll just address the ‘elephant in the room,’” Hurt said. “We’ve come in as a coaching staff focusing on one thing and that’s the players. If we can get them to buy in and to come together as a unit, the rest of it will take care of itself. We’re trying to get these guys some stability and get them to buy in and be unselfish, be part of a team.”
Hurt returns to Olive Branch as part of a career that has also seen him lead teams at Center Hill, Clinton and Northwest Rankin high schools. He led a successful program at Samford University for eight years and has been an assistant coach at several colleges and universities, including the Air Force Academy, North Texas, Southeast Missouri, Lamar and Rice.
Before his return to coaching on the field, Hurt was on the Georgia Tech football staff in personnel and football operations, but he told the Rotarians he wanted to get back to coaching football players.
“I wanted to get back working with the players,” Hurt said. “I was doing some administrative stuff, but I wanted to be able to go back into the weight room and get on that field. The most enjoyment I get is to see a player grow, develop and mature into something good.”
A selling point for school officials in hiring its latest coach was Hurt’s desire to return to DeSoto County, where he and his wife have family, and not use the job as a stepping stone, as Steve Buckley did went he left to become the new coach at Jones County Junior College after just one year in Olive Branch.
Before Buckley, Jeremy Toungett and Scott Samsel, who led the Conquistadors to a MHSAA 6A state title in 2011, were both dismissed by school officials: Toungett after one season when his team failed to make the playoffs, and Samsel as part of a dispute with principal Allyson Killough that became public and remains open with Samsel having filed a lawsuit against her and the district as a result. That lawsuit is set to be heard in U.S. District Court in January.
The new Olive Branch coach said he’s seen a lot of good things from his team since coming to the school in January.
“I’ve been very pleased by the players and how they have responded so far, in their attitude and their work ethic that is beginning to be developed,” Hurt said.
But Hurt and his wife, who will work at Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Olive Branch, want to not have to move again for awhile, something they’ve done a lot of during his time in football.
“When I stop and think about this, it is mind-boggling to me,” Hurt said. “I have coached in over 400 football games and that doesn’t count all the playing and practicing and stuff like that. I’ve coached in over 200 of them as a head coach, whether it be college or high school.”
That’s a prospect Olive Branch football fans would like to see, while they also seek to see the Conquistadors return as one of the elite programs among Mississippi’s largest high schools.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.
HURT NAMED NEW OBHS FOOTBALL COACH
By BOB BAKKEN Sports Editor - DeSoto Times-Tribune
January 21, 2016
Olive Branch High School has again turned to someone with college coaching experience to lead the Conquistadors' football program.
The school is just hoping this time their new coach will last longer than one year.
The DeSoto County School District Board of Education Thursday night approved the hiring of Pete Hurt as the new leader of the Olive Branch football fortunes. The appointment came as part of the personnel portion of the board's recessed meeting and there was no special announcement of the appointment.
Hurt is not new to DeSoto County but actually returns to the area from Georgia Tech, where he has been the Yellowjackets' Assistant Director of Player Personnel since March 2014.
The new Quistors' coach brings 35 years of sideline experience at the college and high school level with more than 100 wins as a head coach.
That coaching experience included a stop as Center Hill football coach between 2007-2010, when the Mustangs were 23-23 with Hurt leading the team.
Hurt's most success likely came at Samford University, where he was the Birmingham, Ala. school's third-winningest coach in school history during eight years on the Bulldogs' sideline, before being released five games into the 2001 season with a 1-4 record.
The Bulldogs were 42-39-1 under Hurt between 1994-2001 and he was also defensive coordinator for one season under Chan Gailey before his promotion, when Gailey took an assistant coaching job in the NFL.
In the high school ranks, the Cleveland, Miss. native has also coached in Clinton and Northwest Rankin, taking both teams and Center Hill past the first round of playoffs while there.
The resume also has Hurt making assistant coaching stops at North Texas, Southeast Missouri, Baylor, Lamar, Rice, Samford, and the Air Force Academy.
Hurt, in a news release announcing the hiring, was quoted as saying he wants to mold Olive Branch back into the elite of Mississippi high school football programs.
“Olive Branch High School is a school with a rich tradition of success, and I would like to make it a top 6A program,” Hurt said.
Hurt added the move back to Mississippi reunites him and his wife with family here.
“We have family in DeSoto County,” Hurt said. “This is where my wife and I want to be. I was in administration at Georgia Tech. This job gives me an opportunity to get back on the field with players. This is what I love.”
Hurt is a graduate of Mississippi College, where he was a three-year letterman in football and two-year letterman in baseball for the Choctaws.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.
OBHS SPECIALTY VEHICLE TAGS NOW AVAILABLE AT TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE
SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT! The Olive Branch School Specialty Vehicle Tags are now available for purchase at the DeSoto County Tax Collector's Office on B.J. Chain Drive off Hwy. 305 in Olive Branch. The tag has a Conquistador school logo and swords set on a gold background on the left side along with letters "OB" on the right side of the right side and "Olive Branch High School" is printed on the bottom.
On March 31, 2009 the Mississippi Legislature passed an amendment presented by former State Senator Merle Flowers into a conference report that will create a distinctive motor vehicle license plate for Olive Branch High School. The tag will cost an additional thirty-one dollars, with approximately twenty-four dollars from each license plate sold going directly to the Olive Branch Football Booster Club.
Thanks Senator Flowers and OBHS Supporters for Your Help in this Project!
MARKS THE SPOT ACTION SHOTS OF CONQUISTADOR GAMES
The Olive Branch Football Booster Club has retained the services of Conquistador Photographer Mark Anderson again this season. Mr. Anderson works the sidelines during OBHS games photographing Quistor players and taking action shots of the plays as they happen.
You can view and order his pictures from his website by clicking on the rotating camera to the left or at www.marksthespot.shutterfly.com Use the following password once you scroll to the site by typing in: obhs
OBHS SPIRIT BRICKS TO PAVE WAY INTO RENOVATED POOL FIELD
Olive Branch High School would appreciate your donation to help with the renovation to Leslie Pool Field. All Olive Branch High School students, alumni, Boosters, former Lettermen, parents, friends and neighbors are invited and encouraged to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity.
The Spirit Brick program will establish a "Bricked Courtyard" at the main gate into Pool Field. Your customized Spirit Brick will be placed in the Pool Field Courtyard to become a permanent piece of OBHS legacy. We want you to have an opportunity to commemorate a special event in someone's life, honor a friend or family member or memoralize someone special to show your Conquistador spirit.
With OBHS Spirit Bricks, you can be one of the first to forever immoralize your school spirit and show your support for Olive Branch High School and the Pool Field renovation project. Donate a piece of history with your personalized brick and for Conquistadors past, present and future.
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