Baker hires Eric Randall as football coach, A.D. _lowres

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre - Eric Randall

Eric Randall’s three-year tenure as Scotlandville High’s football coach came to an end Tuesday morning when he submitted his resignation and accepted a position as an assistant principal at Baker High School.

“I’ve got nothing but good things to say about my time at Scotlandville,” Randall said. “I was able to build relationships with teachers, students and parents during my time there, and I loved every minute of it.

“It comes down to this: It was time for a change. This was my decision. I look forward to working with the Baker Community Schools. And I’m thankful for all the opportunities East Baton Rouge (Parish School System) gave me.”

Randall said the job in Baker will give him the flexibility to see his daughter play soccer and run track for Baton Rouge High and also to see his son’s junior games in a variety of sports. The former Glen Oaks High and Southern quarterback said he would not rule out the possibility of coaching again.

“You never know when I might get that itch to coach again,” Randall said with a laugh. “Going back into administration is the right thing for me now. There are many ways you can impact students. Teaching and coaching are two ways. Working in administration is another one.”

Randall led the Hornets to new heights that included a 9-4 record last fall. Scotlandville won two playoff wins and earned the school’s first berth in the Class 5A quarterfinals. It was Scotlandville’s most successful football season since the 1959 season, according to Randall.

He compiled a 23-10 record at Scotlandville, leading the Hornets to the playoffs each season.

Randall took over at Scotlandville in 2012 after spending eight years in administration, including a stint as an assistant principal at Baton Rouge High.

The Scotlandville job was Randall’s first coaching job since serving as the offensive coordinator for the 2004 Northeast High team led by future LSU and NFL player Trindon Holliday. That NHS team advanced to the Class 2A semifinals.

Randall was the football coach at Southern Lab and led an SLHS team, which included future LSU star and NFL player Marcus Spears, to a Class 1A state runner-up finish in 2000.

The Scotlandville football staff already had a makeover when Randall’s brother, former GOHS and LSU quarterback Marcus Randall, was hired as Southern Lab’s head coach in March. Marcus Randall was the Hornets’ offensive coordinator.

New offensive coordinator John Jenkins and defensive coordinator Sean Beauchamp remain on staff at SHS.

“The talent is here, and everything is in place,” Randall said. “I have no doubt that the next coach will come in and be successful.”

As a player, Randall earned all-state honors at Glen Oaks and played at Southern from 1992-95, leading the Jaguars to a Black National Championship in 1995.