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Colquitt County fires football coach Rush Propst
Alcovy traveled to play Colquitt County in 2018, will do so again in 2019
Rush Propst
Former Colquitt County football coach Rush Propst was fired Thursday by the Colquitt County Board of Education after a February suspension for undisclosed violations. -photo courtesy of Georgia High School Football Historians Association

MOULTRIE, Ga. -- When the Alcovy Tigers go back to Moultrie to play Colquitt County in the 2019 football season, they’ll see a new coach pacing the Packers sidelines. 

According to a report from The Moultrie Observer, Rush Propst was fired as Colquitt County’s football coach as of Thursday afternoon. This comes after Propst had been suspended with pay since February 26 during an investigation, of which details and allegations have not been disclosed. 

The Observer stated that Propst was relieved of “any and all coaching duties” by the Colquitt County Board of Education after a two hour and 15 minute closed session meeting. The vote to oust the often problematic, yet successful head coach was unanimous, according to The Observer. 

Propst spent 11 years at the helm of the Colquitt football program, compiling a 119-35 record during his time there. He guided the Packers to four region titles and two state championships, winning back-to-back state crowns in the 2014 and 2015 seasons, while finishing with a perfect 15-0 each year and winning a national championship in 2015.

Colquitt narrowly missed a chance at consecutive Class AAAAAAA state titles the last two seasons when it lost 19-17 to North Gwinnett in the 2017 state title game on a walk-off field goal as time expired, and then suffered its only loss of the 2018 season in a 14-13 defeat to Milton in December’s state championship game. 

Before the 2018 season, the Packers agreed to a two-year deal to host Alcovy with then-Alcovy head coach Chris Edgar. Colquitt defeated Alcovy 56-0 on September 28, 2018. Alcovy, with new head coach Jason Dukes, will travel back to Moultrie to face Colquitt on October 4. 

Before coming to Colquitt in 2008, Propst gained national notoriety while being head coach at Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama. While there, he appeared on a MTV series called Two-A-Days which put a spotlight on the 2005 and 2006 Hoover football teams. 

Propst’s time at Hoover ended in a shroud of controversy as he resigned after the 2007 season amid reports of everything from extramarital affairs that produced several children to recruiting violations. 

In 2016 Propst was handed a suspension for the entire 2016 football season by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission after an incident where he head-butted once of his players during a December 4, 2015 state playoff game. Propst, however, appealed the decision and was allowed to coach the next year.