ELLISVILLE – A familiar name will be roaming the sidelines at Jones County Junior College football games this fall.
Former Bobcat standout Chuck Robertson has been hired as the new offensive line coach at JCJC. He replaces Ron Brewer, who left earlier this summer to become an assistant coach at Gulfport High School.
"I'm very excited to be here," Robertson said. "I grew up three miles down the road from campus and I've been going to Jones games ever since I can remember. It's always been a goal of mine to be here."
It is certainly "all in the family" for Robertson when it comes to JCJC.
He played at JCJC in 1996-97. His brothers, Joe-Michael and Jonathan, played for the Bobcats in 1993-94 and 2000-01, respectively. His father, Mike, played for the Bobcats in 1971-72. His mother, Teresa, currently is an instructor at JCJC.
"My family works here, my dad played football here and both of my brothers played football here," he said. "So, it's always been a huge goal of mine to come back home to Jones."
Robertson is coming to JCJC after serving as an assistant coach at West Jones last year.
Another factor in Robertson's decision to coach at Jones is a chance to work under head coach Ray Perkins.
"Having the opportunity to serve under Coach Perkins is huge," he said. "Coach Perkins is an outstanding coach and to be able to coach under someone who has coached in the pros and coached major college football is a great learning experience."
Perkins is thrilled to have Robertson join his staff.
"I really like Chuck," he said. "Chuck is a very good young coach and we are really pleased to have him with us. I really like Ron Brewer, too. We will remain friends and I wish him all the luck in the world."
The Bobcats have been going through workouts in July during the second summer school session.
It has given Robertson an opportunity to become familiar with his players and the Bobcat system.
"It's been a learning experience for me and the players," Robertson said. "We're both kind of learning on the fly. Coach Brewer left me in a great situation. It's a transition period, but it has not been bad at all."
Robertson is excited about the upcoming season and is hoping for good things to happen to the Bobcats.
"Expectations are always high for us," he said. "Of course, you always want to beat Gulf Coast and Pearl River – that never changes. I think that little bit of success last year gave them extra incentive to come back in pretty decent shape this year. They knew what they had to do and they are working hard right now."
JCJC will begin official fall practice on Aug. 12. The Bobcats open the season Aug. 29 at Holmes Community College.
Robertson graduated from South Jones High School in 1996. After leaving JCJC, he played at Northwestern State (La.) in 1998-99 and obtained his degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000.
He was an assistant football coach at South Jones from 2000-03, West Jones from 2003-07 and Taylorsville from 2007-10. He coached at Northeast Jones in 2011 and West Jones in 2012-13. He has also served as an assistant baseball and head tennis coach in his career.
He has two children, Kaylee (10) and Cara (8).