Mr. Coakley has been the Director of Bands for the Biloxi Public School District and Department Chair for the Performing Arts at Biloxi High School since 2011. Beginning in 2015 he will serve the Biloxi Public School District as the Fine & Performing Arts Director. In that time, the Biloxi Band has consistently received the highest ratings for marching band and concert band performances. Biloxi High School was awarded the Sweepstakes Award for the first time in school history in 2012-2013. Biloxi High School was recently named a Grammy Signature School Semi-Finalist for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years and the Biloxi Public School District was named by the NAMM Foundation as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” in 2014. In 2015 Biloxi High School was named by the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education as its “School of Excellence” for making arts an essential part of education and received the SupportMusic Merit Award by the NAMM Foundation.
Mr. Coakley directs the 200-member Biloxi High School Marching Band and the Biloxi Wind Ensemble. He is currently serving as the National Treasurer for the American School Band Director’s Association, the Awards Chairman for the National Band Association, and as President of the Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association.
Mr. Coakley was recently named the “Thad Cochran Distinguised Arts Educator for Music” in the state of Mississippi (2013), the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce Secondary Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), Biloxi Public School District Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), Biloxi High School Teacher of the Year (2013-2014), the Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association High School Band Director of the Year (2013-2014), and one of SBO’s 50 “Director’s Who Make a Difference” in 2014.
Mr. Coakley is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (Bachelor of Music Education, 1999, Master of Music Education, 2002). He has memberships that include Phi Beta Mu (PBM), the American School Band Director’s Association (ASBDA), National Band Association (NBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Mississippi Bandmaster’s Association (MBA), Gulf Coast Band Director’s Association (GCBDA) and the International Trombone Association (ITA).