Rush Propst is not only returning to high school football coaching, he’s returning to the sidelines in the state of Alabama.

Propst will be the associate head football coach at Coosa Christian High in Gadsden. He will coach alongside Mark O’Bryant, who coached the Conquerors to the Class 1A semifinals this past season.

For Propst, it will be his first time coaching in Alabama since leaving Hoover High after the 2007 season. It will be the first time he’s coached at all since being fired at Georgia’s Valdosta High in 2020.

“You got to have a purpose in life and I’d lost purpose in the last couple of years,” said Propst, who was able to watch his son, Thomas, play the past two seasons at Piedmont High. “Although I love my children, loved what I was doing. Since (Piedmont) got beat on December 1, I’ve really struggled in what I want to do. I can’t see myself being retired any longer. And then again, my name has clouds around it and I’m going to try to clear those clouds. This is the perfect place to do that.”

Propst was 110-16 in nine seasons at Hoover with five Class 6A state titles. He won a pair of Georgia state titles in 11 seasons at Colquitt County. Overall, he has a record of 307-96 on the field as a high school head coach.

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