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Smith named Ferriday head coach
from The Concordia Sentinel
March 29, 2017 -

(Concordia Sentinel) — Stanley Smith is coming back home.

Smith was named head football coach at Ferriday High Tuesday.

"I'm humbled and blessed," said Smith, who spent last year as defensive coordinator at Franklin Parish. "This is a great opportunity. I plan on meeting with the players and assistant coaches on Thursday so we can get on the same page and get ready to work.

Smith replaces Dwight Woods, who resigned earlier this year. Ferriday advanced to the Class 2A quarterfinals last year before losing to state runner-up Madison Prep.

"There is a lot of talent here, especially up front, and I just want to help these guys reach their potential," Smith said.

Smith served as linebacker coach at Arkanas-Pine Bluff two years ago. He also spent two years as defensive line coach at Louisiana College. He also served as men's and women's head tennis coach.

"I stayed close to the coaches here and have recruited a number of players here," Smith said. "I know the system here and I know the expectations."

Smith served as the defensive coordinator at Grant High School in Dry Prong. Prior to his stint at Grant, he was the defensive coordinator at Ferriday High School under Chad Harkins and Carroll High School in Monroe.

Smith was the 2000 Parish Player of the Year. He totaled 155 tackles his senior year at Ferriday, collecting seven sacks, forced nine fumbles and 28 tackles behind the line. He also intercepted three passes. The Trojans allowed only 86 points in 2000, falling to Farmerville in the state Smith played four years at Louisiana-Lafayette. He called signals from his linebacker position in 2004.

"I know the pressure and expectations here," Smith said. "I bleed black and gold. I've played or coached in 42 states, but every Friday night I was looking to see what Ferriday did in their games. I'm not worried about the pressure. I was team captain at Ferriday and team captain at UL. As a leader, eyes are on you all the time. I'm just going to continue to work hard and have my players represent this community in the best way possible."

Smith said he will handle the Ferriday defense, while looking for someone to handle the offense.

"Our defense is going to be very aggressive, running to the football," Smith said. "We'll run the ball on offense to set up things. I'm looking for the guy who shares my vision. I'm very excited and can't wait to get started."

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