Another coaching change for Huntington football?

Another coaching change for Huntington football?


Another coaching change for Huntington football?


Huntington’s football program could be in a state of flux again if an expected coaching change is made.

Two sources with knowledge of the Huntington football program said assistant Marvin Harris has been named the next head coach.

Harris posted on his Facebook account Jan. 25 that he is the new Huntington coach, but he couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

Huntington principal Travis Smith said through his secretary that he wouldn’t comment until May 1 on a coaching change. A Caddo Parish School Board athletics secretary said Smith is still deliberating on his football coaching choice.

Smith couldn’t be reached directly for comment.

But Darryl Steward, who was in his first season as Huntington’s head coach this fall, says he’s still the Huntington coach.

Steward said he hasn’t been notified of any decision to remove him from his position.

“I’m still the coach until I receive something in writing from the Caddo Parish School Board,” Steward said. “I’m not commenting on anything else until my lawyer says I can.”

Steward didn’t say whether or not he is planning to sue Huntington or Caddo Parish.

Steward posted a 1-8 record with a young squad that lost 25 players to graduation from a 6-5 team that advanced to the Class 4A playoffs.

The Raiders lost to Woodlawn and Minden by a combined seven points, and fell to District 1-4A champion Northwood by 12 points. Huntington also suffered three losses of 30 or more points (41 to Bastrop, 40 to Benton and 35 to North DeSoto).

Harris, also Huntington’s head wrestling coach, would be the sixth different head football coach and seventh coaching change in the program since 2006.

Mike Green finished his three-year stint in 2006, Rod Foppe was named interim coach in 2007, Jerry Byrd led the program in 2008, Anthony McClain coached two seasons from 2009-10, and Foppe became the full-time coach from 2011-12.

The 1-8 mark this season was the worst since Green finished 1-8 in 2006, but the Raiders have three winning seasons in that stretch (Foppe in 2007 and 2012 and McClain in 2009).

Both of McClain’s teams made the playoffs as did Foppe’s 2007 and 2012 teams.


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