Rush Propst is perhaps best known for his time as the head coach at Hoover HS (AL) while the program was featured on MTV’s Two-A-Days that ran from 2006-07 before becoming the head coach at Colquitt County HS (GA).
Propst has been highly successful on the field as a head coach, helping well over 225 players earn scholarships and collecting nearly 300 wins. He’s had a number of his former assistants develop into current Division I head coaches including Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee, John Grass at Jacksonville State, and Chip Lindsey at Troy.
Controversy may be what Propst is best known for though, as he’s made waves in a number of different ways spanning from on-the-field, in the locker room, and in his personal life which were all highly publicized at Hoover, and that cloud of controversy followed him to his next coaching destination at Colquitt County HS (GA). Propst was dismissed at Colquitt County HS in March following an investigation centered on him.
Now, Propst has a new head coaching job, this time back in Alabama at the newly formed Ultimate Student Athletes Academy.
According to Vols Wire:
“USA Academy will begin play in 2020 with a mission to seek exceptionally promising student-athletes of all backgrounds from across the nation and the world. USA Academy will educate student-athletes through mental and physical discipline, athletic experience, while placing them on a national stage and preparing for the next chapter of their lives.”
USA plans to fully capitalize on the Propst hire with big plans of documenting Propst’s journey as he builds the football program from the ground up. The plan is to start distributing the rights to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, with exclusive content coming on their USA website.
In late January the school is planning to break ground on their football facility that will feature a 19,000 square foot facility overlooking a 5,000 seat stadium. The football facility will be set up like a lot of major college programs with a state of the art locker room, nutrition area, film rooms, a player lounge, and coaches offices. There is also plans to build a full 100-yard indoor facility modeled after the Tennessee Titans facility.
Update >> The Montgomery Advertiser notes that the school (which will not be a part of the Alabama High School Athletic Association) will offer only online, NCAA approved classes. Price is set to be about $14,000, which is a bargain compared to IMG (FL) which is about $80,000.