Buddy Stephens

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Buddy Stephens
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamEast Mississippi Community College
Biographical details
Born (1966-09-06) September 6, 1966 (age 52)
Huntsville, Alabama
Alma materDelta State
Playing career
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2001–2007Pearl River CC (Asst.)
2008–presentEast Mississippi CC
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
5 National Championships (2011, 2013–2014, 2017-2018)
7 MACJC championship (2009, 2011, 2013–2014, 2016–2018)
10 MACJC North Division Championships (2008–2009, 2011–2018)

Wofford Oran "Buddy" Stephens Jr. is an American football coach who is currently the head coach at East Mississippi Community College,[1] where he has won five NJCAA national championships and coached players such as NFL players Chad Kelly and Jarran Reed. With an overall record of 98–13, Stephens is the NJCAA all-time leader in winning percentage (.879), just above Butler Community College Head Coach, Troy Morrell (154–22 for .875).

He is primarily known as the head coach from the first two seasons of the Netflix series Last Chance U.Buddy is also known for his many Championships won at EMCC. He has won more games at EMCC than any other coach in history. The school is in talks to have a statue erected in his honor.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NJCAA#
East Mississippi Lions (MACJC North) (2008–present)
2008 East Mississippi CC 8–2 6–0 1st (North)
2009 East Mississippi CC 11–1 6–0 1st (North) W Mississippi 4
2010 East Mississippi CC 5–5 4–2 2nd (North)
2011 East Mississippi CC 12–0 6–0 1st (North) W El Toro 1
2012 East Mississippi CC 8–2 5–1 1st (North) 15
2013 East Mississippi CC 12–0 6–0 1st (North) W Mississippi 1
2014 East Mississippi CC 12–0 6–0 1st (North) W Mississippi 1
2015 East Mississippi CC 8–1 6–0 1st (North) Ineligible 7
2016 East Mississippi CC 11–1 6–0 1st (North) W Mississippi 2
2017 East Mississippi CC 11–1 8–1 1st (North) W Mississippi 1
2018 East Mississippi CC 12-0 9-0 1st (North) W Mississippi 1
East Mississippi CC: 110–13 68–4
Total: 110–13
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


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