Bastrop High has had an assistant hired away to become a head coach for the third time in as many years.
DeCarlos Holmes, after four years overseeing the Rams’ defensive line, has taken over at Woodlawn High in Shreveport.
“I wanted to do my own thing,” said Holmes, who will also serve as athletics director. “It was time to have my own program.”
Holmes follows current Calvary Baptist coach Bo Meeks, who left his post as Bastrop’s offensive coordinator for Mangham three seasons back. Bastrop’s Sonny Nason was named head coach at Lake Providence in 2008.
Together with head coach Brad Bradshaw, they helped construct a powerhouse Rams program that won three state championships on the field, and also finished as a state semifinalist.
Holmes paid close attention to Bradshaw, going so far as to take down notes.
“I wanted to make sure I had a good memory of everything I learned,” Holmes said.
The top lesson: “He’s always saying ‘pay attention to details,’ always talking about the little things,” said Holmes, who played on the legendary Eddie Robinson’s final team at Grambling.
Holmes said his theme for this first year at Woodlawn is: Reclaiming the legacy. Among the Knights’ notable alumni are NFL quarterbacks Joe Ferguson and Terry Bradshaw, as well as NBA standout Robert Parrish.
Holmes has also coached at Arcadia and at Neville, under former head coach Billy Dawson. He says he has already hired a new basketball coach at Woodlawn: Former Bastrop coach Alex Perkins, who later worked at Alexandria Senior High.
Holmes interviewed previously for open positions at O. Perry Walker, and at Hammond, before accepting the Woodlawn job.
Holmes’ time at Bastrop wasn’t without controversy. He was at the center of an investigation involving Katrina evacuees that eventually cost Bastrop its 2005 state football title.
Holmes had served as an assistant to Cyril Crutchfield at Port Sulphur, and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association said Holmes improperly assisted some of his former players in transferring to Bastrop after the storm.
The program rebounded to championship form, Holmes said, through team work and focus — something he’ll need again in rebuilding a once-proud 4A Woodlawn program that’s coming off a 1-9 record in 2008.
“What happened in Bastrop, the success we had there, was systemic,” Holmes said. “The players knew they were going to hear one voice. Brad had us working together.”
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