James Walter Hopson (born October 13, 1968) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi.[1] Previously, he was head coach at Alcorn State University[2] and an assistant coach at Tulane, Delta State, LSU, Florida, Marshall, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Michigan, and Memphis.[3] Notably, Hopson was the first white head football coach in the history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, an organization made up entirely of historically black colleges and universities.[2]

Jay Hopson
Hopson at 2017 C-USA Media Days
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSouthern Miss
Biographical details
Born (1968-10-13) October 13, 1968 (age 51)
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Alma materOle Miss, Delta State
Playing career
1988–1991Ole Miss
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1992Tulane (GA)
1993Delta State (DB)
1994LSU (GA)
1995Florida (GA)
1996–2000Marshall (DB)
2001–2003Southern Miss (DB)
2004Ole Miss (DB/RC)
2005Southern Miss (DC/DB)
2006–2007Southern Miss (DC/MLB)
2008–2009Michigan (LB)
2010–2011Memphis (DC/SAF)
2012–2015Alcorn State
2016–presentSouthern Miss
Head coaching record

Hopson played college football at the University of Mississippi. He earned four letters as a defensive back at Ole Miss from 1988–91, playing free safety for one season before moving to strong safety for his final three years. He was a four-time Academic All-SEC honor roll selection and was named to the Verizon District VI Academic All-America team as a senior in 1991.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Alcorn State Braves (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (2012–2015)
2012 Alcorn State 4–7 4–5 5th (East)
2013 Alcorn State 9–3 7–2 T–2nd (East)
2014 Alcorn State 10–3 7–2 1st (East)
2015 Alcorn State 9–4 7–2 1st (East) L Celebration
Alcorn State: 32–17 25–11
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (Conference USA) (2016–present)
2016 Southern Miss 7–6 4–4 3rd (West) W New Orleans
2017 Southern Miss 8–5 6–2 3rd (West) L Independence
2018 Southern Miss 6–5 5–3 T–2nd (West)
2019 Southern Miss 7–6 5–3 3rd (West) L Armed Forces
Southern Miss: 28–22 20–12
Total: 60–39
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Southern Miss hires Alcorn State's Jay Hopson as new head coach" Sun Herald. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Downey, Travis. Alcorn State hires white football coach Jay Hopson USA Today.com. May 29, 2012
  3. ^ Memphis Bio Retrieved May 29, 2012
  4. ^ Jay Hopson Returns To Ole Miss

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