Rush Propst named head coach at new private school

Rush Probst welcomed as head football coach at Ultimate Student Athlete Academy

COOSADA, Ala. (WSFA) - Former Hoover High School football coach Rush Propst was officially announced Thursday as the new head coach at Ultimate Student Athletes Academy in Coosada.

The announcement was made during a two-hour press conference at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill in Prattville.

Propst coached Hoover to five state titles in the early 2000s. He also worked for Colquitt County High School in Georgia before being fired in 2019 for personnel issues, according to WALB-TV.

He spent this past season as a volunteer assistant at UAB.

During the news conference, Propst said he believes this new school is a perfect fit for him. USA Academy will have its first football season this upcoming fall.

“I think this is an out-of-the-box-thinking situation, and that’s me,” Probst said. “That’s what I do. I love thinking outside the box. I’m not a traditionalist. I don’t do traditional things. I’ve always thought outside the box.”

USA Academy will have a similar model to IMG Academy in Florida. The price tag for the athletic facilities is around $13 million.

According to its website, the school’s mission statement is:

“Ultimate Student Athlete’s mission is to seek exceptionally promising student athletes of all backgrounds from across the nation and around the world and to educate them, through mental discipline, physical discipline and athletic experience. Our aim is to cultivate their creative, intellectual, moral, civic, and athletic capacities to beyond their own understandable limits, while putting them on a national stage to excel in their high school athletic experiences, while preparing them for the next stages of life in whatever God has planned.”

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