Three Shreveport high schools are looking for new head football coaches after principals at Green Oaks, Huntington and BTW made decisions in the past week concerning the future of their programs.
Green Oaks principal Marvin Alexander severed coaching ties with Curtis Evans, who was 8-23 in three seasons as head coach in District 1-3A. Only three Class 3A teams in the state had a more difficult schedule than the Giants, who played three 5A and two 4A schools last season.
“I felt like the kids weren’t prepared in a couple of the games this past season, so I felt like we needed to go in a different direction,” Alexander told The Times. “I will be interviewing candidates Friday and hope to name a new coach next week.”
Evans, who had been an assistant for the Giants for five seasons before taking over the top job om 2014, had his best season in 2015, when his team was 4-6 in the regular season, won the Soul Bowl and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons.
“I appreciate all of the student-athletes who played for me and the administrators for their support,” Evans said. “I hope we left the program in good shape and that it can continue to move forward in a positive direction. I hope to continue coaching in some capacity and continue educating kids.”
First-year BTW principal Kristi Young also told Kendrick Law she wanted to go in another direction, which was disappointing for the BTW graduate.
“I went to school here. My sophomore, junior and senior years we won just three games each year, and still I was able to get a college scholarship,” Law said. “That wasn’t what won my heart. What won my heart was the coaches who taught us how to be men, how to work hard and that the world wasn’t going to be fair. They taught us what we needed to know to get out of this neighborhood. I still talk to those coaches today. And I tried to bring that back to BTW with me.”
Smith didn’t return a call to her cell phone before publication.
As much as anything, Law and the Lions were victims of a tough 2016 schedule that included a trio of 9-1 teams in Woodlawn, Parkway and Loyola.
“I didn’t know how tough our schedule was until after the season,” Law said. “People told me we played the third toughest 3A schedule in the state.”
Huntington will no longer be led by Marvin Harris, whose teams were 7-29 in three seasons, including 1-9 this past season. Neither Harris, nor Huntington principal Telaurance Graham could immediately be reached for comment.
Caddo School District spokesperson Mary Wood said all three of the coaches would be able to keep their teaching positions.
“They just won’t be receiving their coach stipend,” Wood said. “There is no tenure in coaching.”