Who is Buddy Stephens?

Wofford Oran ‘Buddy’ Stephens, Jr. was born on 6 September 1966 under the zodiac sign of Virgo, in Huntsville, Alabama USA. He’s a 55-year-old American Football coach, probably best recognized for winning five NJCAA national titles with East Mississippi Community College, where he serves as the head coach.

How rich is he, as of now? Buddy Stephens Net Worth

As of early 2022, Buddy Stephens’ net worth is estimated at over $20 million, acquired through his successful involvement in the sports industry.

When it comes to his salary, the successful head coach earns about $600,000 per annum as of 2022, according to The Dispatch.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background

Buddy Stephens spent his early years in his hometown of Huntsville, where he was raised by his parents; however, there is no information about their names and professions, and it’s also unknown whether he has any siblings or is an only child. He holds American nationality, belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group, and is a Christian.

Regarding his education, Buddy Stephens’ alma mater is Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi; he later obtained his master’s degree at the University of Louisiana, Monroe in 1992.

Career Beginnings

Buddy Stephens played American Football in the position of offensive lineman. He played for two years at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Mississippi, and then continued playing at Delta State University. Right after graduating, he launched his professional coaching career as a graduate assistant at the college, later becoming the coach for the University of Louisiana Monroe, where he spent six years.

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He then spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Pearl River Community College from 2001 to 2008. During his stint there, the team achieved a record of 60‐12 (.833) and won a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship in 2004, as well as four consecutive Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACCC) state titles from 2003 to 2006.

Rise to Prominence

In 2008, Buddy Stephens took the role of the head coach at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba,  a position that he still holds.

Since he joined the college’s team, the East Mississippi Lions have won 87% of their games, with five NJCAA national championship titles (2011, 2013–2014, 2017–2018), seven MACCC championships (2009, 2011, 2013–2014, 2016–2018) and ten MACCC North Division Championships (2008–2009, 2011–2018). He has also led the team to seven post-season bowl game victories. Thanks to his accomplishments, Buddy ranks second on the NJCAA’s all-time list for career winning percentage among coaches with over 100 games coached, and fifth on the NJCAA’s list of the winningest active head football coaches.

His overall record of 115–16 led him to become the NJCAA all-time leader in winning percentage (.878).

He has won three NJCAA Football Coach of the Year Awards for his outstanding coaching efforts, and is the recipient of the 2011 George Sekul Award from the All-American Football Foundation.

Worldwide Recognition

Buddy Stephens gained international fame when he joined the main cast of the first two seasons of the documentary streaming TV series “Last Chance U”, which was released on Netflix.

The first and second season of the show investigates the American Football program at East Mississippi Community College, as well as the lives of several athletes who struggle to find structure under his stewardship. The series was met with generally positive reviews.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Buddy Stephens has short grey hair and blue eyes.

He stands at a height of 6ft 2ins (1.88m), while his weight is around 163lbs (74kgs); information about his vital statistics, biceps size, and shoe size isn’t available.

Personal Life

Buddy Stephens is a married man, and the name of his wife is Robyn Lynn Stephens; she works as a nursing director at Marion’s Bedford Center in Marion, Mississippi. The couple is blessed with three daughters, named Julianna, Lauren, and Rebekah. Their daughter Julianna works as a Spanish language teacher at the Starkville Christian School. The family’s current residence is in Scooba, Mississippi.

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