Meet the coach

Coach Michael Napp is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Bulldog basketball program. A 1996 graduate of UMS-Wright, Coach Napp began his coaching career at his alma mater as an assistant under Coach Kemper Todd in 2000. He also spent a season as an assistant under Coach Anthony Clark in 2003-2004.  Coach Napp left UMS-Wright to become the head coach at Northeast Jones High School in Laurel, MS. In his two seasons there, the Tigers saw tremendous success and advanced to the South State semifinals in 2006.  For the next eight seasons, Coach Napp was the head coach at Chelsea High School in the Birmingham metro area.  He left Chelsea with the second most wins for a coach in program history while leading the Hornets to school records in season wins and their only postseason victory in the last 28 years. In his first three seasons back at UMS-Wright, the Bulldogs made the playoffs each year advancing to the sub-regional round.

Coach Napp teaches high school Engineering and Critical Thinking classes at UMS-Wright.  He and his wife Susanne have been married for 17 years, and they have four children – Davis (2nd Grade), Bryce (1st Grade), Mary Carolyn (K5) and Cameron (K3).


The Bulldogs finished the 16-17 basketball season with a 21-6 record, the regular season 4A Area 1 championship, and a top 5 ranking in the ASWA 4A state polls.  With the three leading scorers returning from last year’s team, the program looks to continue last season’s success under Head Coach Michael Napp (’96) and assistants Butch Case, Luke Spaulding and Trent Powell.  Seniors Ryan McIlwain and Jacob Holberg return for their 4th varsity season to pursue the program’s 14th area title.  Sophomore Trey Bonham is back at the point position after an excellent freshman campaign.  This team will be in the hunt for a Regional championship and a deep run in the playoffs in February.

 The atmosphere in Wilson Gym on game night is electrifying.  The Bulldogs fast paced, run and gun style of play fires up a rowdy student section to create an atmosphere that every Bulldog fan should experience.  Come join us for key home dates against Saraland (Nov 16), Cottage Hill (Dec 5), Faith Academy (Jan 2), Thomasville (Jan 12), Satsuma (Jan 23), and St. Paul’s (Feb 2).  We will also be hosting a talented field of boys’ and girls’ teams from Mississippi, Birmingham and Mobile in a 16-team tournament December 27-29. 

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