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Coach Spotlight

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January 2018 - Eddie Whitehead
Head Coach for St. Martin High School Football

How long have you been a coach?
"[In my] 28th year."

What made you decide to become a coach?
“I really like working with the youth. I coached some youth teams in high school and college and just decided that is what I wanted to do."

What is your favorite part of coaching?
“Interaction with the kids. Friday night football games are really special times. I [also] really like having the one-on-one involvement with the kids."

Who has been the most influential coach to you?
“Mr. Cody, a youth coach I had when I was coming up in Sumrall, MS. He did a lot with us, took us around to a lot of games. He is probably the reason I do what I do now as a coach."

If you could tell the young you one thing, what would it be?
"Don’t ever give up on a person. Some kids mature and reach their potential a lot later than others."

Would you mind sharing about your family?
Coach Whitehead is married with two children.

"I have a very supportive family. My wife is a great football wife. She understands the hours and time that it takes. She is probably the number one person there cheering on Friday night. My son plays for me now. He is in 10th grade, [which is] a really special deal. He wants to be a coach and wants to go to go to school to be a good coach. My daughter is in 8th grade [and is] a cheerleader. She can’t wait to cheer at the high school. She’ll [also] be cheering on the sidelines for me. I got a really good football family."

What are some things outside of coaching that you enjoy?
"Hunting is something that I’ve picked up in the last few years, especially since my son likes to do it. We’ve been going a lot. And I really enjoy most sporting events."



November 2017 - Eric Ebers
Assistant Coach for MGCCC Baseball

How long have you been a coach?
"I am in my 12th year of Coaching."

What made you decide to become a coach?
"I really enjoyed being around the game of Baseball, and when I was told professional baseball I could not play anymore, coaching was a great way to stay around the game.  I was blessed to play for the Coaches I [had] and they were very influential in my desire to become a Coach."

What is your favorite part of coaching?
"Seeing players develop both on and off the field.  Seeing it click when they discover their potential on the field, and seeing them grow as young men off of it.  I think building relationships along the way is an essential part of coaching, because they will be men much longer than they will be baseball players. It is my prayer [that] some part of my life influenced their decision to live a life worthy of being a Child of God."

Who has been the most influential coach to you?
"For me there isn't just one coach.  There have been three who have influenced various aspects in my life as a coach.  First, Coach Ron Polk was definitely the most influential for me as a player.  He literally wrote the book on Baseball, and covered things that I was not aware of.  Playing for him has made me way more detail oriented than I would have if I had not played for him.  Second, would be my High School Coach John Sutton.  He was a major influence in how he handled us as players.  I am very thankful that I can still call and talk with him today about things and ask advice.  He was a major influence on me as a player and a big reason why I am a coach today.  Thirdly, would be Coach Bubba Cates.  He gave me my first College Coaching job and trusted me with a lot of things.  He is an incredible man of God and I was blessed to see him go through adversity as a Head Coach and maintain his Godly standards.  I would be so fortunate to be as Godly of a Coach as he is and to be able to hold to my values.  There are many more that have influenced me, but these three the most."

If you could tell the young you one thing, what would it be?
"Be patient!  Learn as much as you can from anyone you can, and do not be closed minded.  Read more, take up fishing earlier, and wear a mouth piece when coaching junior high football!!!"

Would you mind sharing about your family?
"I am married to the beautiful Katie Leech Ebers, celebrating 10 years this December. We have 1 Lab (Avery 9 years old), 1 Three-Legged Terrier Mix (Seuss almost 1), and 1 Cat (Mocha 5 years old).  Lord willing, we will be celebrating the birth of our first child, come late April!"

What are some things outside of coaching that you enjoy?
"Watching Hockey, (LETS GO BLUES!).  Playing Hockey (especially goalie for our inline team), fishing, reading (non-fiction books), and listening to audio-books and podcasts."



October 2017 - Neil Lollar
Head Coach for Hancock High Varsity Football

How long have you been a coach?
"9 years"

What made you decide to become a coach?
"I was a golf professional before this and I knew that I enjoyed teaching and being involved with young people. I felt like it was something I needed to do. I have always been involved with sports, playing all the way through college."

What is your favorite part of coaching?
"Getting to know the kids personally and being someone that they can talk to and lean on. Being available as a mentor if needed. Being involved and hopefully making a difference."

Who has been the most influential coach to you?
"Since I have been coaching, I started out at Stone High school and our Offensive Coordinator was Lanny Beach. He is now the Offensive Coordinator at Petal. He has been very influential as far as me becoming who I am as a coach, on and off the field."

If you could tell the young you one thing, what would it be?
"Always be who you are. Be Neil. Be genuine."

Would you mind sharing about your family?
"I am married to April and have a son, Vaught, who is 6. My wife is PR Director for Coast Electric Power and my son is in 1st grade."

What are some things outside of coaching that you enjoy?
"The biggest thing is that I like to golf. [But ultimately] I like to get away with my family."



September 2017 - Casey Cain 
Head Coach for Harrison Central Varsity Football.

How long have you been a coach?  
This coming year will be my 21st year.

What made you decide to become a coach?  
The love of sports and the challenges of trying to help kids with their dreams, along with help them to be better athletes and people. My mother and father were teachers and my dad was a coach, so I guess it is in my blood, too.

What is your favorite part of coaching?  
Getting kids in the 9th or 10th grade and watching them grow in several areas, as an athlete and as a person.

Who has been the most influential coach to you?  
Nevil Barr

If you could tell the young you one thing, what would it be?  
Be patient

Would you mind sharing about your family?  
I am married to Katherine and we have a 9 year old boy named Will.

What are some things outside of coaching that you enjoy?  
I enjoy going to church, fishing, and spending time with my son.

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