Who do you think should manage Ferriday water?|
Story Archives: Harrison leaving Ferriday
- 2013 - 340 articles
- 2012 - 856 articles
- 2011 - 635 articles
- 2010 - 1276 articles
- December 2010 - 59 articles
- November 2010 - 56 articles
- October 2010 - 73 articles
- September 2010 - 128 articles
- August 2010 - 123 articles
- July 2010 - 137 articles
- June 2010 - 105 articles
- May 2010 - 103 articles
- April 2010 - 143 articles
- March 2010 - 136 articles
- March 31st, 2010 (Wednesday) - 23 articles
- March 25th, 2010 (Thursday) - 19 articles
- March 24th, 2010 (Wednesday) - 9 articles
- March 18th, 2010 (Thursday) - 17 articles
- March 17th, 2010 (Wednesday) - 10 articles
- March 11th, 2010 (Thursday) - 19 articles
- March 10th, 2010 (Wednesday) - 10 articles
- March 4th, 2010 (Thursday) - 22 articles
- March 3rd, 2010 (Wednesday) - 6 articles
- March 1st, 2010 (Monday) - 1 articles
- February 2010 - 98 articles
- January 2010 - 115 articles
- 2009 - 1591 articles
- 2008 - 1763 articles
|Harrison leaving Ferriday|
There were only a small handful of coaching jobs Freddie Harrison would leave Ferriday High for to continue his coaching career.
Unfortunately for Ferriday High, one of them happened to be in his hometown of Washington-Marion.
"The opportunity came along just like it did here," Harrison said. "I appreciate Ferriday calling me when nobody else cared. I hope I didn't let them down. My goal was to make Ferriday 100 percent better than when I got there. I am thankful for the opportunity. Ferriday has great fans and a great support system. But I mainly want to thank the kids. They laid it on the line for me. I just hope they understand it's nothing personal and nothing happened. I wasn't going after anything. It was an opportunity I could not turn down as well as the opportunity to get back home."
"Coach Harrison is going to be greatly missed," said Ferriday principal Michelle Bethea. "He was a great asset to our faculty and he kept the winning tradition alive here."
Bethea said the position will be advertised and that she and assistant principal James Davis will interview candidates before submitting a name to the Concordia Parish School Board for final approval.
Harrison led the Trojans to a 24-11 record and three playoff appearances. Ferriday went 10-0 in Harrison's first regular season.Harrison, who played quarterback for the Louisiana Swashbucklers, a professional indoor football team in Lake Charles, left Southwest Louisiana after Lake Charles-Boston closed in 2007. Harrison was the Cougars' offensive coordinator, helping LC-B amass 3,748 regular-season yards. Harrison is a graduate of Westlake High School (1998) and a Northwestern State University (2002). He signed with McNeese State coming out of high school. Harrison replaces John Jenkins, who compiled a 17-28 record in five years as W-M's head coach, including a 1-9 showing last season.
Harrison said he is honored to have followed in the footsteps of such coaches as Jerry Baldwin and Cordell Bailey.
Ferriday finished 8-4 this season, falling to Farmerville in the second round of the playoffs. The Trojans lost to Natchez 12-6 in their first game last season.
"One thing you don't want to do is leave a program with nothing," Harrison said. "There are 19 starters returning and the person who comes in is coming into a great situation. They are going to be sitting on a gold mine."
Harrison said it is ironic that the only way he ended up in Ferriday was when Lake Charles-Boston closed down. Many believed he was destined for the head coaching job at LC-Boston.
"If that had not happened, I would have never been in Ferriday," he said. "I've always believed when one door closes, God opens another one. This door did not close, but I couldn't pass up this chance."
Harrison said he will miss Friday nights in Ferriday.
"I will never forget the atmosphere around Ferriday regarding football," he said. "This is a football town and they love their football. I will never forget the Friday nights before a packed house. I'll never forget the first night beating Madison parish (53-0). The people supported us and never gave up on us. The person coming in will have a great support system with Mrs. Bethea (Ferriday principal Michelle Bethea), the school board and Mrs. Blakenstein (Superintendent Loretta Blakenstein). They all gave their support and gave us the opportunity to be successful. I can't thank enough people for the chances they gave me."
Harrison will leave Ferriday for Lake Charles after Easter Sunday. Trojan assistant coaches Eddie White and Damien Huren will also join his staff at Washington-Marion.
"We have a motto called 'We All We Got,'" Harrison said. "The kids really held to that through the hard times, tough times, sad times and even happy times. They will go through some adversity now. But they will stay together and make it a smooth transition for me and for them. I wish them the best of luck in the future."
|Frank Morris Murder Series|