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WESSON – The Co-Lin Football team is busy preparing for the upcoming 2023 season and there will be some new faces on the sidelines coaching the Wolves this season. Jacob Fleming, Michael Thompson, and Tommy Kelly have been added to the football staff.

Jacob Fleming will be working with the offensive linemen.

Fleming played his high school career at North Pike in Summit from 2009-13 where he was a three-year starter and was a member of the 2010 4A State Championship team. After graduating from North Pike, Fleming then came to Co-Lin where he was a starter for two seasons from 2013-14 at left tackle. During his two seasons at Co-Lin, Fleming was named First Team MACJC All-State in 2014 in addition to being named a team captain that season when the Wolves also won the South Division.

After his time at Co-Lin, Fleming then played at the University of Southern Mississippi for the 2015-16 seasons where he played under head coach Todd Monken. In his two seasons, Fleming was on the Conference USA Academic Honor Roll (2015), a two-year letter winner on the offensive line, starter at left tackle during the 2016 season, Conference USA West Division Champion in 2015, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Champion in 2016.

Fleming then started his coaching career in 2017 at Denham Springs High School in Denham, LA where he was the run game coordinator from 2017-2019. During his tenure there the football team made playoffs four times while Fleming also had multiple players move on to the college ranks and had 12 offensive linemen earn All-District honors.

Michael Thompson will be working with receivers.

Thompson comes to Co-Lin after serving as the wide receivers coach at Southern Arkansas University from February 2022-2023.

The New Orleans native played high school football at Frisco Centennial High School. Thompson played four years of collegiate football beginning with one year at Trinity Valley Community College and then three years at Louisiana College at wide receiver and tight end from 2010-2012. Upon completion of his collegiate playing career, Thompson then played professional indoor football with the East Texas Timber Rattlers in 2015 and the East Texas Punch in 2016.

Thompson graduated from Louisiana College with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2014 then earned his master’s degree in special education from Grand Canyon University in 2019. Thompson began his coaching career in 2014 at Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria, Louisiana where he coached receivers. He then moved to Northside High School in Lafayette, Louisiana in 2016 then to Edna Karr High School in New Orleans from 2017-2022 serving as receivers coach for both schools. Thompson had a multitude of players sign offers to play at various levels of collegiate football throughout his high school coaching career.

Tommy Kelly will be working with the defensive line.

Kelly played high school football at Provine from 1995-1999. After graduation, Kelly spent two years at East Mississippi Community College from 1999-2001 and then played for two years at Mississippi State University from 2001-2003.

After graduating from Mississippi State, Kelly had a 12-year career in the NFL spending time with three organizations including the Oakland Raiders, the New England Patriots, and the Arizona Cardinals. After finishing his playing career, Kelly returned to his alma mater of Provine High School as a coach in 2016.

Kelly holds an associate’s degree from East Mississippi Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University.