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|Ferriday adds Swashbucklers|
Eddie White and Damien Huren have played organized football most of their lives.
Now they are on the other side as assistant football coaches at Ferriday High.
"I didn't know coaching could be so tiring," White said. "But it's a different kind of tired. It got to the end of the day and I was exhausted, just from going all day, pushing kids and trying to keep them motivated and studying tapes. It's tough on you mentally."
But he would not trade his new job for anything.
White played high school football at Houston High in Houston, Ms., where he was an all-State defensive end. He then earned all-State JUCO honors at Itawamba Community College before playing two years at Louisiana Tech, starting every game his senior year.
White was working at a collection agency before getting a tryout with the Louisiana Swashbucklers, an arena football team in the Intense Football League, White became good friends with Ferriday High head coach Freddie Harrison, who also plays on the Swashbucklers, who won the IFL the last two years.
"I have a real love for the game," White said. "Once you get out, there's something calling you back. I was missing it so bad. I realized I wanted to coach or play."
White said he is hoping to move up to Arena1football, but is now happy with his new job of assisting with the Trojan defense. He will be a substitute coach at Ferriday High and plans on getting certified to become a teacher.
"Freddie told me he had a coach's opening and asked me if I was interested and I told him I would think about it," White said. "At the end of the football year I told him I would come and he welcomed me with open arms. I'm excited about getting football back in my life."
White said Harrison likes to joke around off the field, but is serious when it comes to football.
"He believes in what he is doing and his scheme and I believe in it, too," White said. "He wants us to keep pushing the kids and wants the kids to always be enthusiastic."
White said he is impressed from what he has seen on tape.
"There's a lot of potential on this team," he said. "
Huren has three championships under his belt, winning a Class 3A state championship at Amite High before adding two with the Swashbucklers.
Huren was All-State at Amite when they won the title in 1999. He spent a year at Mississippi State before moving on to Southwest Mississippi Community College where he was All-State and then finished up at Southeastern Louisiana.
Huren had 15 interceptions, returning 10 for touchdowns two years ago with the Swashbucklers in being named Defensive Player of the Year in the IFL and had 11 interceptions and 95 tackles this past season.
"I hope to help these young men with the ins and outs of the game," Huren said.
Huren will also serve as a substitute coach and is working to get certified as a teacher.
"I love working with kids and will do anything I can do give back to the community," he said.
Huren said he still plans on playing football, and is hoping to move up to Arena1 ball next season.
"My goal is to still play in the NFL," he said.
Huren will be in charge of the Trojan defensive backs.
"This team reminds me of our team at Amite," Huren said. "I want to give anything I can to help these young men get to the next level. I'm here for them off the field, also. If someone needs me at one or two o'clock in the morning, I want them to know I'm there for them."
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