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|White named Hound coach|
Edwin White will be making the trip across town from Ferriday High to Huntington School almost daily after accepting the boys and girls basketball head coaching job at Huntington.
White teaches math at Ferriday High.
White, who graduated from North Natchez High in 1987, was contacted after Huntington officials first talked with former Ferriday High boys coach Robert Cade, who led the Trojans to two state championships in the late 1980s.
Cade told Huntington he did not have the time to coach, but recommended White.
White, 40, served as Cade's assistant coach after Vidalia principal Rick Brown left Ferriday for a teaching and coach job at Monterey.
"Edwin has a good repoire with kids and he knows basketball," Cade said. "He has a lot of knowledge and will pass that on to the kids."
White coached at Wilkinson County High School in Woodville for nine years, leading the Lady Wildcats to district titles, while assisting with the boys team. He was also named Coach of the Year twice at Wilkinson County.
White will be the first African-American head coach at Huntington, which will be his first-ever private school job.
"It's a new experience and something I am really enjoying," he said. "It's a challenge at a small private school because you don't have the numbers, but everybody is basically in the same boat. It's still all about the game of basketball. The players and parents have been very receptive and very friendly."
White has the tough position of losing several starters on the boys team and taking over a girls team that had seven total players last season.
"I like to run an up-tempo style and use a lot of traps," he said. "I like to use a lot of motion."
White said he knows Huntington has had a strong boys program recently, but knows the girls have struggled with numbers.
"The main thing is to get the kids to believe in the concept I bring and buy into it," he said. "That's how you win games."
White has put the Lady Hounds through a lot of conditioning drills during the offseason. He also said he wants his players to play the game with a lot of hear.
"I believe in discipline," he said. "And we are going to run a lot and be in the best shape possible. The fourth quarter is when a lot of games are won or lost."
White said he is aware of the number of coaches the players have gone through the past few years.
"I'm not leaving," he said. "They can count on me being here."
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