Tim’s Two Cents podcast with Hattiesburg High head football coach Tony Vance

Tim’s Two Cents podcast with Hattiesburg High head football coach Tony Vance
In this week's edition, WDAM's Tim Doherty chats with Hattiesburg High athletic coordinator/football coach Tony Vance. (Source: Nick Saban)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - On this week’s episode of Tim’s Two Cents, we sit down with Hattiesburg High School athletic coordinator/head football coach Tony Vance.

Vance, who is heading into his 23rd year of coaching, including the past seven at the helm of the Tigers, took Hattiesburg to a Class 5A South State football championship in 2017. That season, the Tigers played for a state championship for the first time since 1998.

Vance, who led the Tigers to the playoffs in each of his first six seasons, has gone 59-33-1 in seven seasons at Hattiesburg, including a 37-4 record between 2016-18.

A young and inexperienced Hattiesburg team slipped to 4-7 in 2019, the first time the Tigers did not qualify for postseason play under Vance’s tutelage. But after a rocky start, Hattiesburg won three of four games in a late-season playoff push that came up short when the Tigers dropped the season finale, 50-48, to East Central High School.

Vance talks about moving forward from last season with a mix of youth coming up and experienced underclassmen blending with returning juniors and seniors.

Vance also talked about summer workouts and the changes observed under coronavirus pandemic guidelines.

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