CLARKSDALE, Miss. (BVM) – The Metcalf family is famous among football fans in the state of Mississippi. Patriarch Terrence Metcalf grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and went on to represent the state at the University of Mississippi where he played four years with the Ole Miss Rebels before heading to the NFL. Terrence’s son, DK Metcalf, is currently one of the biggest stars in the NFL as a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks after he too starred at Ole Miss.
— Terrence “Bigcat” Metcalf (@Metcalf79) July 21, 2020
Now, Terrence will look to once again bring football success to an in-state college program. On Tuesday, Terrence was named the 11th head coach of Coahoma Community College. He had previously served on the Tigers coaching staff as the team’s offensive line coach during the 2022 season.
“We are fortunate to have a seasoned football coach who has been involved with football at all levels most of his life,” CCC president Dr. Valmadge T. Towner said in a press release. “Coach Metcalf is a family man, a spiritual person and in my opinion he is a good role model for our student-athletes. He will add value to the Coahoma brand and he is eager to build on the successes that our program has experienced in recent years. Also, he is one of us in that he is from Clarksdale, Mississippi. So, we know he has a personal passion to see our own program do well.”
— Coahoma Community College Football (@CoahomaFootball) December 27, 2022
Terrence found success in his first season at CCC as offensive line coach. Under his tutelage, the Tigers led the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference in rushing yards per game with a 198.9 average. Coahoma also averaged 4.6 yards a rush, which ranked third in the MACCC. Two offensive linemen also earned all-conference recognition as TJ Storey was named first-team All-MACCC North and Almetris Smith was named second-team All-MACCC North.
Another year of the Tigers flooding the All-Conference Teams ‼️ Why Not Coahoma 🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/j6M75UxUlE
— Coahoma Community College Football (@CoahomaFootball) November 16, 2022
Given his success as an offensive lineman during his playing days, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. During his four years at Ole Miss, Terrence was named first-team All-SEC in 2000 and 2001, as well as being selected as a consensus first-team All-American in 2001. That year, he was also named the SEC’s most valuable lineman.
He went on to the NFL where he was drafted in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He spent the majority of his NFL career in the Windy City, playing in 84 total games with 25 starts while also playing on the franchise’s Super Bowl XLI team. He also spent time with the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints as a member of their offseason and practice squads.
After finishing his NFL career following the 2010 season, Terrence began coaching in 2011. He initially joined the MACCC as an assistant coach for Pearl River Community College between 2016-19.
The decision was roundly praised by people in the community and associates of Terrence. Former Ole Miss head coach and current Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze commended the news as did former Rebels player Josiah Coatney and Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz.
Congrats Big Cat @Metcalf79
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) December 27, 2022
Now, Terrence will get the opportunity to lead his own team. While it remains to be seen how well the coach will do, expect some rugged, tough-nosed football out of the Tigers built in the same image of their new head man.