David Barham and Keith Woods say they love rebuilding jobs and both will get that chance as head coaches of different football programs.
Woods has been hired as the new coach at Mentorship Academy. Barham, Christian Life Academy's coach from 2000-02, has been hired as the head coach at The Church Academy, formerly CLA.
“I don’t know why, but I’ve always had a fondness for building and rebuilding programs,” Barham said. “Of course, this is like coming home again. I know there are some challenges, but they’ve done a good job of selling me on the things they would like to do.”
Barham was the coach at Westminster Christian coach in Opelousas before moving to CLA. He then spent 10 seasons at Acadiana Prep, also in the Opelousas area, coaching basketball and serving as headmaster.
From there, the 53-year-old Barham was an assistant coach at Blinn Junior College and also worked as a football consultant. Upon returning to Louisiana, Barham spent time in Opelousas and was most recently on staff at non-football Family Christian.
The Church Academy finished 1-8 last season under first-year coach Dexter Alexander in its first season after reopening under its new name. Mentorship was 0-10 with former assistant Christopher Bland as its head coach last fall.
Woods, 47, has served as a head coach at Capitol and Belaire. He was the offensive coordinator at Tara last fall and worked as an assistant at Madison Prep and Glen Oaks in recent years.
“I believe the background I have and the places I have coached make me the person who can build the Mentorship program,” Woods said. “This is a 'B' school academically with a lot to offer. Someone needs to convince families to take a chance on playing for a school with great academics that has the potential for success in athletics. We need to bring some discipline and stability and build from there.”
Jones nets Samford honor
Port Allen boys basketball coach Derrick Jones was part of two basketball teams inducted into the Samford University Sports Hall of Fame last month. The Birmingham, Alabama, school honored its 1998-99 and 1999-2000 teams, which are the winningest in school history.
A former Catholic High standout who also played at Mississippi State, Jones just finished his first season at Port Allen. The Pelicans advanced to the regional round of the Class 2A playoffs.
All-Metro soccer meetings
Coaches will meet to select All-Metro boys soccer teams Monday and girls soccer teams Tuesday at The Advocate’s offices located at 10705 Reiger Rd.
The Divisions I-II teams will be selected at 7 p.m., with the Division III-IV teams to follow 20 minutes later on each day. Girls nominations are needed. Send nominations to Robin Fambrough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episcopal’s Cameron Dumas scored his 1,000th point earlier this season and enters Friday’s Division III quarterfinal game against Newman with 1,492 career points.
Also, St. Michael's Trent Schiller scored his 1,000th career point in the Warriors playoff win over E.D. White.