BENOIT — Familiarity was the key to choosing a new head high school football coach at Ray Brooks School.
After six years of coaching high school basketball junior high football at Ray Brooks, none of the five candidates were as prepared for the head football coaching position as Jordan Goins, said Walter McDavid Jr., principal at Ray Brooks.
“(Goins) was already acclimated to our children (and) our system),” said McDavid. “And we didn’t fell like now was a good time to stray away from that course.”
Goins, who is also Ray Brooks’ head basketball coach, will begin his new contract July 1, said McDavid.
The transition should be an easy one, Goins said.
“I took the football position because I already have a relationship with the boys,” said Goins, who was the head junior high football coach last year and served as an assistant last year under Jerry Walker. “I’ve coached them in junior high and they know my expectations.”
Goins’ predecessor, Jerry Walker, recently accepted the head coaching duties at Gentry High, after spending his entire coaching career at his alma mater, Ray Brooks.
Under Walker, the Tigers experienced a ton of success including a 12-1 record and a 1A title in 2007. Last year, however, Ray Brooks had a rare losing season, finishing 4-6.
Despite last year’s hiccups, Goins said he’s ready to re-energize a Tigers team who for years has been know to be a 1A powerhouse.
“I’m anxious,” said Goins. “I’m ready to get it started to see how things go. (The players) are in the weight room and the assistant coaches are keeping them focused. The main thing is to get out there and start working.”
McDavid also added that the Tigers have added Frederick Patterson, a former running backs coach at Mississippi Valley State, to its defensive coaching staff.