How well do you know Buddy Stephens? Unless you have a ward who plays in the NJCAA or MACJC division of college football or have watched the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U, you might have never heard anything about American football coach Buddy Stephens, who serves as the head coach of East Mississippi Community College. Stephens is, however, someone to take note of in the sport as his success over the years at the lower level might have made him a target for a few schools in the upper division, where he could possibly get to strut his stuff against other successful NCAA coaches like Nick Saban and Urban Meyer. Read on to find out more about his career as well as his achievements.
Buddy Stephens – Biography
While the birth year of Buddy Stephens’ is unknown, it is known that he was born on the 6th of September, in Huntsville, Alabama, USA, as Wofford Oran Stephens Jr. Just as his birth year, several other details about his early life and childhood, including the identity of his family are unknown to the public.
In regards to his educational background, Buddy is said to have attended Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, but it is not clear what course he studied and what year he graduated. He is further said to have received a masters degree in 1992 from the University of Louisiana Monroe, the institution where he was said to have gone on to first get some sort of coaching experience. It is also not clear what area of discipline he concentrated on for his master’s degree.
As seen above, details about the life and career of Buddy Stephens are few and far between. It is known that he is a football coach, however, the timeline of his career progression is not exactly clear and we cannot tell if he played the sport himself at a professional level at any point in time. It is only said that he played the position of offensive lineman in his playing days.
Following his role as a coach at the University of Louisiana Monroe, Buddy Stephens moved to Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Mississippi in 2001 to take the role of Assistant Coach. He held the position from 2001 to 2007, before taking up the head coach role at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi in 2008.
Buddy’s time in his head coach role has been nothing short of exceptional as he has gone on to win five National Junior College Athletic Association – NJCAA national championships. He also has in his trophy collection seven Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges – MACJC – championships and ten MACJC North Division Championships. His record at the Bowls is 6-0 while his overall coaching record is 98-13, making him the all-time leader in winning percentages (.879) in the NJCAA.
In 2015, Buddy Stephens began to feature in the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U. The first and second season of the show explored the East Mississippi Community College football program in which Buddy was in charge of. It took a look at the lives of the players under the stewardship of coach Stephens and how he was going to be able to help them find structure in their lives, academically and on the field, before they go ahead to transfer to an institution that plays at a higher division.
Salary And Net Worth
With most facts about the life of Buddy Stephens being unknown, it is not surprising to see that the actuals terms of his contract and net worth are not known to the public. However, according to industry averages, the East Mississippi CC coach should take home a salary of around $50,000, seeing that the reported average salary of a Head coach at his level is $45,428. We estimate that he will be earning higher than his colleagues since he is currently one of the more successful coaches in the NJCAA division. Also, consider whatever he was able to earn from appearing on the Netflix show and you can see that Buddy is doing very well for himself.
Other Facts About The Head Coach
Buddy Stephens is happily married to a woman identified as Robyn Lynn Stephens. Not much is known about Mrs. Stephens beyond the fact she is said to be the director of Nursing at Bedford Care Centre of Marion in Marion, Mississippi. Together, the two have three daughters – Julianna, Lauren, and Rebekah.
• Body Measurements
The exact statistics on of Buddy Stephens’ weight and other body measurements are not known. However, the stats for his height, on the other hand, are known to be about 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.