- Jody Wright
Jody  Wright

Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs

Jody Wright, a former college player at Jacksonville State and prep star at Pickens (Ala.) Academy, serves as UAB's assistant head coach/running backs coach for Bill Clark.

Wright spent the 2013 season as the passing game and recruiting coordinator at Jacksonville State. During his time in Jacksonville, the Gamecocks ranked second in the Ohio Valley Conference in total offense (442 yards per game) and scoring offense (35.2 ppg).

Wright oversaw a passing attack that ranked fourth in the OVC in passing yards per game, with 202.2 yards through the air per contest. Under his guidance, quarterback Max Shortell was named second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference, while wide receiver was Josh Barge was a Phil Steele All-American.

Before his stint at Jacksonville State, Wright spent three years at the University of Alabama as a graduate assistant, helping the Crimson Tide win back-to-back BCS National Championships. Alabama posted a 35-5 record during his three years as he worked with the wide receivers and running backs. He was part of a coaching staff that produced NFL first-round draft picks Mark Ingram, James Carpenter, Julio Jones and Trent Richardson.

Alabama ranked 12th nationally in scoring offense (38.71 points per game), 16th in rushing offense (227.50 yards per game) and 31st nationally in total offense.

Prior to joining Alabama, Wright worked for Dan Mullen at Mississippi State, where he was director of football operations, while also serving as an on-field offensive graduate assistant under Sylvester Croom.

Wright assisted with coaching the offensive line, and was in charge of coaching the scout team. He spent a large portion of his time in tape and computer scouting reports, and was also in charge of compiling offensive quality control variables.

In 2005, he served Mississippi State as a volunteer coach for the defense, working closely with the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator and helping coach the defensive backs.

From 2002 until his arrival at State, Wright worked as a student assistant coach at Jacksonville State, his alma mater. He coached on both sides of the ball at JSU, working with the outside linebackers early in the 2004 season. Wright also tutored the running backs and wide receivers while there.

Wright played running back at Jacksonville State beginning in 2000 and became a student assistant coach in 2002. While working with the offense, Wright helped the Gamecocks win the 2003 and 2004 Ohio Valley Conference championships.

Wright played on three undefeated state championship football teams at Pickens Academy where his father Lynn Wright was the head coach. The Wright family has a long football coaching pedigree. Jody's brother Josh is head football coach at Bessemer (Ala.) Academy, while his younger brother Jonathan played football at West Alabama.