Mobile, AL – The McGill-Toolen Catholic Yellow Jackets will have new leadership on the sidelines in 2023. McGill parted ways with head football coach Norman Joseph Friday after two seasons at the helm of the 6A program.
The Vicksburg, MS native lead the Yellow Jackets to a 7-5 mark in his first season, including a trip to the second round of the AHSAA Class 6A postseason, before falling to eventual state runner-up Hueytown. His 2022 squad finished at 5-5, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2014. Joseph leaves McGill-Toolen with a 12-10 overall record and a 9-6 run in region play.
“Coach Joseph is a man of true Christian character. We appreciate his service to our school, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. We believe now is the time for our football program to move forward under new leadership. Therefore, we will begin immediately to search for the best person to guide our players to success on and off the playing field.” McGill-Toolen President Bry Shields said in a press release.
Before accepting the McGill-Toolen job in 2021 Joseph spent one season as the offensive coordinator at Baton Rouge, LA power Catholic High. Before stepping into the high school ranks he had an extensive college coaching career with head coaching stops at Belhaven College, Louisiana College and Mississippi College. He also spent time as an assistant at Northeast Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, San Jose State, Midwestern State and Southeastern University.
During his time as Bellhaven’s first head football coach, he became the only coach in NAIA history to produce both a 1,000 yard rusher and 1,000 yard receiver in the program’s first two seasons of existence. The Blazers successful start lead to a top 25 national ranking for six consecutive weeks in the school’s second second season of play.
His college head coaching record currently stands at 63-70, including a trip to the NCAA Division III second round at Mississippi College in 2009.