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|Oliver completes staff|
Ferriday High head football coach Richard Oliver called on some familiar faces to fill out his coaching staff.
Keith Dickerson, who played under Oliver at Scotlandville High, Troy Jones, who was head coach at Istrouma when Oliver was an assistant, and Roddy Chiasson, who is returning to coaching after two years working at a chemical plant, will be wearing the black and gold this fall as Trojan assistants.
Dickerson, who played on the defensive line at Grambling under former Tiger great Doug Williams and current Alcorn coach Melvin Spears, will coach the Trojan defensive line.
Dickerson received his first coaching job under Oliver at Scotlandville.
"He taught me the ins and outs," Dickerson said of Oliver. "He really took me under his wings."
Dickerson, 29, said he has one main philosophy when it comes to the defensive line.
"We are going to work hard," he said.
Dickerson said he has watched films of last year's Natchez High, Vidalia High and Wilkinson County High games.
"I know this team lost a lot of players and we're going to be young," he said. "But it's a good group of kids. I really like what I've seen since I have been here. I know they are very passionate about football."
Dickerson said he doesn't miss playing the game.
"I love coaching," he said. "I love teaching a young man something and seeing him learn it and have success with it."
Chiasson, 51, started out as the head baseball coach and off coordinator at his alma mater, Thibodaux High School after graduating from Nicholls State.
He then went on to be head football coach at White Castle before taking offensive coordinator jobs at University High, West St. John, East Ascension, where he coached Glen Dorsey and Buzzy Haydel, before going to work at Honeywell Chemical Plant in Baton Rouge.
An injury in which he almost lost his left arm ended his work at the plant led Chiasson back to coaching.
"It was a blessing I was able to fall back on education," he said.
Chiasson started the first 7-on-7 passing academy to be played at a Louisiana high school in 2000 while he was at East Ascension. It was there he became close friends with Oliver and Oliver's offensive coordinator, Larry Harold, who now coaches in Georgia.
"I've been blessed to be around some really good coaches," Chiasson said. "I became friends with Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher when they were recruiting Dorsey."
Chiasson said he prefers the I formation with multiple formations.
"We'll use a lot of shotgun," he said. "But the talent dictates what you do. The players have been very receptive to me. We're trying to make it as fun as possible. Everybody wants to win, but I really believe you have to keep it fun."
Dickerson has been involved in the playoffs every year he has been coaching 17 of the 18 years he has been in the profession.
"I've spent a lot of Thanksgivings on the football field," he said. "You have to get it done during the week. You are not going to re-invent the wheel on Friday night."
Jones was head coach at Istrouma before taking a head coaching job at Osborne High in Marietta, Ga. Oliver then took over as head coach at Istrouma.
"We played together at Istrouma and then went on to Southern together ," Jones said. "We've been close friends a long time."
Jones coached at Osborne until 2009 when he took a year off to be with his family.
"I was burned out and wanted to spend some time with my son," Jones said.
Jones said he was eager to get back into coaching when Oliver called.
"Being from Louisiana, I knew about Ferriday and their tradition," Jones said. "When Coach Jones called, I was all in."
Jones will be the defensive coordinator.
"Coach Oliver has the same kind of philosophy I do when it comes to defense," Jones said. "I always try to dictate to what the offense is trying to do. If they are a running team, we want to make them uncomfortable running the ball. Our defense will play to their strength. If they like to pass the ball, we want to force them to run it. I'm excited about being at Ferriday and look forward to getting on the field."
Oliver is retaining Cleothis Cummings, Charles Cothren and Walter Johnson from last year's coaching staff.
"We have a lot of knowledgeable coaches with a lot of experience," Oliver said. "They've all been around football a long time."
Ferriday continues conditioning this week before beginning official practice on Monday.
"We're anxious to get on the field and get to work," Oliver said. "We just need to get more kids out."
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