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Ferriday assistant principal James Davis has been here before. Davis will selecting a head football coach at Ferriday High, assisting the past three years with the same process.
Richard Oliver resigned last week after one season at the school, which will now have four coaches over the past four years.
"It's unfair to the kids," Davis said. "They can adapt, but it puts them at a disadvantage to have someone come in with a new system they have to learn."
Davis said the job search began June 20 and applicants will send their resumes to the Concordia Parish School Board Central Office.
"It's back to the drawing board," Davis said.
Current Ferriday assistant coach Cleothis "C.C." Cummings said he is applying for the job.
Cummings, who recently was certified to teach, began as a volunteer coach at Ferriday High in 2003.
The former Trojan also coached the Ferriday junior high football team.
"I've been around the kids pretty much all my life," Cummings said. "I think the biggest thing is stability for the kids. I' am very interested, but I'm going to leave it in God's hands
Oliver resigned as head football coach after accepting the head coaching job at Baker High School near his hometown of Baton Rouge.
Oliver, who coached at Scotlandville and Istrouma High, will be replacing former Natchez High head coach Robert Raines, who accepted the head coaching position at Amite County High in Liberty, Ms.
Ferriday finished 3-2 in District 2-2A and 5-6 overall in Oliver's only season last year, falling to University High in Baton Rouge in the first round of the playoffs.
"This is a great community with good people," Oliver said of his time at Ferriday. "I enjoyed it very much. I hate leaving Ferriday, but I have to do what's best for my family. It got to be expensive going back and forth from Baton Rouge. I was excited about this season. Ferriday has a good team coming back and we felt it was a program on the rise."
One candidate is current assistant coach and former Trojan Cleothis Cummings, who is overseeing summer workouts.
"Cleothis has been here a while and knows the ins and outs," Davis said. "He will certainly have the upper hand, but we're going to interview everybody."
The Trojans were the lone district team to beat Lake Providence, defeating the Panthers 30-28 in overtime in Ferriday.
"That was the highlight of the year," Oliver said. "That was the highlight of my overtime career. I lost my first three overtime games. Richard did a good job for us in that game. The entire team stepped up."
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