With the football team in attendance, Southern Lab named former LSU quarterback and current Scotlandville High offensive coordinator Marcus Randall as its head football coach at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
Randall, 32, replaces Nick Mitchell, who resigned Feb. 7 after four seasons coaching the Kittens. Mitchell directed Southern Lab to an 8-6 record and a berth in the Division IV title game in 2014.
The head coaching position is the first for Randall. Other finalists for the job were Ken Hilton and Jimmy Williams.
“I think it’s been a long time coming,” said Randall, who has 27 years of football experience as a player and coach. “Everything I’ve done in my life, sports-wise, spiritually and socially, has prepared me for this job.”
Randall played quarterback at LSU from 2000-04 after prepping at Glen Oaks High. A versatile athlete, he drew interest from the NFL as a linebacker. He spent time on rosters for the Tennessee Titans and the Green Bay Packers before leaving the NFL in 2007.
Randall began his coaching career as an assistant at Woodlawn High from 2010-11. The past three seasons he has served as offensive coordinator at Scotlandville High under his brother, former Southern University quarterback Eric Randall.
“I’ve been tutored by some of the best coaches in the game — Nick Saban being one, Jimbo Fisher is another — and the last three years I’ve spent with my brother. All these things have prepared me for this opportunity.”
Coaching at Scotlandville gave Randall the chance to scheme against opposing teams while also learning from his older brother.
“Its been great being able to coach these last three years with (Eric), watching the way he does things,” Randall said. “And then, being the offensive coordinator, I was able to actually call plays and be involved in those processes.”
Randall said being the head coach means his focus will now be on all phases of the game, not just offense. Randall added extra emphasis when he mentioned special teams.
“We will play special teams at Southern Lab,” Randall said.
Offensively, Randall said he wants to have a balanced scheme that includes a physical running game with an uncomplicated passing attack. On defense, the Kittens want a fast, gap-control unit.
Randall threw for 2,845 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while at LSU. He is best remembered for throwing the game-winning 75-yard touchdown pass to Devery Henderson to beat Kentucky in 2002, a play known as the “Bluegrass Miracle.”