By Danny C. Davis
Longtime Clinton Arrow head football coach Judd Boswell announced his resignation as head football coach of the Clinton Arrows in a press release on January 8.
Boswell was named to also be the Clinton Public School District’s Athletic Director in May 2023 and plans to continue in that role.
Prior to taking the Clinton head football coaching position in the spring of 2012, Boswell led Class 3A Forest to the final Class 3A championship in 2008 and 2010, with Forest winning the Class 3A title in 2010.
Boswell was second only to Roy Burkett in continuous years as the Arrows’ head football coach. Burkett led the Arrows from 1956 to 1971. Boswell coached twelve seasons for the Arrows, from 2012 to 2024. James Sloan served two different stints as the Arrows’ head coach from 1972 to 1978 and 1985 to 1990, for a total of thirteen seasons.
Although Clinton had advanced to the Class 5A South State Semifinals three times – in 1987, 1993, 2000 and 2004 – and the state finals in 2000, the Arrows had never earned a state championship in football since the playoff system started in 1981.
That changed when Boswell and his staff led Clinton to their first state – then Class 6A football championship – title in 2016, with a 14-1 record, defeating Pearl 49-13.
Boswell also led the 2020 Arrow team back to the North Class 6A Semifinals against Oxford and fell late in the game by one play, 31-27.
Coach Boswell served as an assistant a couple of times for the Mississippi Association of Coaches Miss-Ala All Star game, and, this past season, was the head coach for the Mississippi team in the 2023 classic. He also served on the North Coaching Staff in the 2018 Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Classic.
During Boswell’s tenure, Clinton made sixteen playoff appearances, winning ten times. He had an 82-61 record at Clinton and led a 49-32 record in region (district) play. His resignation follows the Arrows’ single-win season that saw Clinton 0-4 in district play, 1-9 overall.
His overall coaching record as a head coach for nineteen years, including Forest and Clinton, was 150-83.
In a press release, Boswell stated, “My time as Clinton’s head coach has been an incredible ride filled with challenges and triumphs that have shaped me into the person I am today.”
“Over the past twelve seasons, I had the privilege of being part of unbelievable teams that have left an indelible mark on my family and my heart,” said Boswell. “I consider myself truly blessed to call Clinton my home, and I am excited for the next chapter of our journey.”
Former Clinton High School Superintendent Dr. Phillip Burchfield hired Boswell in 2012 and says he knew he had made a good hire.
“We had a lot of interest for the Clinton head football coaching position back in the spring of 2012,” said Burchfield. “But the thing that separated Judd was that he was adamant that he wanted to live in Clinton and raise his children here to go to Clinton Public Schools and get their education. It was a good fit for Clinton and for Judd. He has always been about his family and what would be best for them. And he was the most persistent in checking to make sure he would have a chance to be chosen for the job.”
One other thing often noted about Judd Boswell is his “coaching tree,” or his former assistants, who, after coaching at CHS, are now head coaches at other schools in Mississippi.
That list includes Blake Pennock, head football coach at Gulfport; Jake Bramlett, head football coach at Ocean Springs; Delvin Cooper, head football coach at Northwest Rankin; Bobby Bass, head football coach at Brookhaven; and Jeff Stockstill, now head football coach at Pass Christian.
According to Boswell, a search for his replacement as the head football coach of the Clinton Arrows will start immediately. No time table was given to have the new head coach in place.