In two seasons on the Gulf Coast staff, Caleb McGruder has helped the school win its fifth national championship with a dynamic offense.
The 2019 Gulf Coast team ranked seventh in total offense (440.6 ypg) with a balanced attack that ranked 10th in rushing (202.2 ypg) and 16th in passing (238.4 ypg). Quarterback Chance Lovertich was second in the NJCAA in completion percentage (64.5 percent) and fifth in touchdowns (24).
In 2018, Gulf Coast led the MACJC in offense (412.1 yards/game) and Lovertich led the nation in quarterback efficiency (184.1), in addition to setting a school record for completion percentage (70.8 percent). The Bulldogs were ninth in the nation in rushing average (5.3 yards/carry). Following that season, tight end Denzel Carter signed with Tulsa.
McGruder played two seasons at Belhaven University after playing at Jones County Junior College. After a season as a student assistant coach at Belhaven, he played for the Green Bay Blizzard and the Iowa Barnstormers in the Indoor Football League.
McGruder has an associate degree from JCJC and a bachelor’s degree in sports administration from Belhaven.