Valley native adapts to coaching during pandemic

Former Southwest High School football and baseball standout Chip Bilderback, shown here with wife, Missy, now lives in Mississippi, where he has coached the Columbia High School Wildcats football team to a 23-4 record over the past two seasons. COURTESY PHOTO

COLUMBIA, Miss. — Friday night, while Imperial Valley football teams patiently hoped for the COVID-19 pandemic to ebb sufficiently to allow them to participate in a season projected start in January, Valley native Chip Bilderback was back on the field as a head coach.

Bilderback, who quarterbacked El Centro’s Southwest High School in their first three seasons (1995-97), was leading his Columbia (Mississippi) High School Wildcats to a 46-28 victory over Mendenhall High.

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