Everyone agrees there was a positive vibe from Tuesday’s “The Future of Football in Louisiana” forum.
What does that mean? Right now it’s hard to say if it means much.
Still, the forum that attracted 170 coaches was the most significant event at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association Coaches Clinic that ended Thursday morning.
Sure, the workshops were nice. So was getting to hear coaches like LSU’s Les Miles and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Mark Hudspeth speak.
Getting Louisiana’s football coaches to become more unified and to offer a unified voice within the Louisiana High School Athletic Association framework will be huge moving forward and more significant.
However, one meeting or forum isn’t enough to sustain anything. I can understand why some coaches remain skeptical for this very reason.
Hey guys? Where do you go from here?
There’s a plan in the works for football coaches to meet again in December during the Prep Classic football championships to discuss agenda items for the LHSAA’s annual convention and to make some recommendations.
Since the media and LHSAA officials were not part of the football coaches forum, I can only mention the ideas coaches who did attend related to me.
It looks like the notion of classifying football separately by divisions and then classifying schools for other sports together has supporters. Another suggestion was opting for seven total football classes that include select and nonselect schools, allowing schools to play up in class.
As we all know there are plenty of opinions out there about the LHSAA’s split football championships. There’s been a ground swell of support to split the LHSAA in all sports. The idea of private schools breaking away to form their own association or becoming a separate entity within the LHSAA has been discussed too.
I’m not sure any of these ideas is a cure all for the issues the LHSAA has. So the debate continues.
What’s in a number?
At Wednesday’s question and answer session regarding eight-man football LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson noted that 16 schools, or perhaps as few as 14, must declare to play before it can be added.
My twitter feed offered some interesting feedback when I noted 10 schools attended the meeting.
The LHSAA currently has 10 schools playing in its 11-man football select Division I. Based on that fact, why do there have to be 16 or 14 schools for eight-man football. Isn’t 10 the right number for one group already?
Two former Capitol High girls basketball players were among those who met up and shared news at the clinic.
Redemptorist Valencia Wilson, who led the Wolves to a deep playoff run in Class 2A, is making plans for a different 2014-15. Wilson is due to give birth to her first child in November. Wilson said she plans to return to coaching during the season.
Meanwhile, Adrian Blake is now the head girls basketball coach at Ellender. Blake, who played on two Class 4A title teams with Seimone Augustus, previously coached at Capitol.
Here and there
New West Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Wes Watts was among the administrators who stopped by the clinic on Wednesday.
Watts, previously the principal at Zachary High and the head basketball coach/athletic director at Central, said he hopes to continue working with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s School Relations Committee.
Another familiar face in a different place is Sacred Heart-Ville Platte head football coach Gary Adkins. A long time coach in the Baton Rouge area, Adkins spent last season at Oak Grove and moved SHVP in the spring.
I also got to visit with former Live Oak High football coach Paul Beebe, who is now head football coach and athletic director ar Pearl River.
Former Dutchtown High assistant coach Todd Giambrone was among the sporting goods vendors on hand to talk to coaches. Giambrone, who was on DHS’ first coaching staff, lives in Houston but still works with a number of Louisiana schools.