Union football coach Brad Breland said he is looking forward to serving as head coach in the upcoming annual Mississippi/Alabama all-star football game which will be held at the University of Southern Mississippi in December.

Breland was an assistant coach for the Mississippi team in 2015 when his brother, Jeff Breland, led the team to a victory over Alabama, ending a long losing streak. He was the scout team coach.

“I am very proud, humbled and honored that my colleagues selected me for this,” Breland said. “I am really excited about this opportunity.”

The all-star game is sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Coaches. The players will be selected later this year.

Breland started his coaching career in 1992 after graduating from Mississippi State. He worked as an assistant coach at Madison Central, Pearl and Noxapater before becoming the head coach at Union, his high school alma mater, in 2001.

Breland isn’t thinking too much about the all-star game right now. Summer workouts for the Union Yellowjackets started last Wednesday. Union went 8-5 last year and made it to the third round of the state Class 2A playoffs.

“We have most of last year’s team coming back,” Breland said. “We are looking to improve and move forward through a lot of hard work this summer. We are looking for people who can play and contribute. We need to improve our depth.”

Breland said the Yellowjackets will be lifting weights and doing conditioning drills during June. They will be playing 7-on-7 games and doing lineman drills. The Yellowjackets are going to the Mississippi State camp June 15.

The Yellowjackets first action for the 2019 football season will be a jamboree at Newton County on August 16.

Breland has had some changes on his coaching staff. Jeff Breland will be joining the staff as offensive line and defensive line coach while Mike Spence will handle the defensive backs.

Also, former Union baseball coach Joey Ward is returning as the head baseball coach. Since leaving Union, Ward has coached at West Jones and Magee.