Former Hoover High Coach Rush Propst Hospitalized

By Jason Hall

September 23, 2021

Hoover High Coach Rush Propst
Photo: Sports Illustrated

Rush Propst, who gained national notoriety as the head coach of the five-time Alabama state championship winning Hoover High School football team, has been hospitalized with COVID-19 and pneumonia.

Jason Sciavicco, who created and directed the Netflix series Titletown High and MTV series Two-a-Days, both chronicling Propst's coaching tenures with Valdosta High School (Georgia) and Hoover, respectively, tweeted an update on the coach's status Thursday (September 23).

"***Important*** @PropstRush was taken to the hospital yesterday with COVID and pneumonia," Sciavvico shared. "He needs all the prayers we can give. Please take a moment and say a prayer for him, Stefanie and his family."

Propst is one of the most recognizable coaches in high school football, but has been met with controversy in recent years.

The coach led Hoover to five Alabama Class 6A titles and a total of 110 wins during his nine seasons with the program (1999-2007) before resigning under pressure prior to the 2007 season after admitting to having an affair that resulted in a child outside of his mariage.

Propst had then served as the head coach at Colquitt County High School in Georgia from 2008-18 -- winning two Georgia Class 6A state championships (2014-15) and a national championship (2015) -- and as a volunteer consultant at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019, before taking over at Valdosta in 2020.

The 63-year-old was recently accused by a former Valdosta booster club president of paying for moving expenses and housing for several players who transferred into the program prior to the 2020 season.

Valdosta faced sanctions for the allegations and all four players involved were declared ineligible prior to the 2021 season.

Netflix premiered the Titletown High series chronicling Propst's time at Valdosta last month.

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