Kinder, Oberlin fill vacancies

Published 11:00 am Thursday, February 2, 2023

Two more high school head football coaching positions in Southwest Louisiana were filled on Tuesday.

Kinder promoted offensive coordinator Justin Reed, while Oberlin hired Bunkie offensive coordinator Richard Clark.

Reed takes over the Yellow Jackets program after Bret Fuselier left to take the job at Jennings on Jan. 11.

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Reed’s (Louisiana Christian University, 2012) roots run deep at Kinder, from where he graduated in 2007. He and his wife’s family are from the Kinder area.

“It is a sense of pride and something I can’t really put into words yet,” Reed said. “I am excited being from here.

“There is a lot of pride when it comes to being charged with the job here.”

Reed was Kinder’s offensive coordinator three of the last four years, including the Yellow Jackets’ run to the Class 2A final in 2020. He was also offensive coordinator at Sulphur from 2014 to 2018.

He said he plans to add his own touch to the program that has reached the state final four times since 2013.

“When you take over a new program from a coach like Fuselier and (Jeff) Wainwright before him, you want to build on the aspects that are strong and find areas that you want to make changes,” Reed said.

Prior to his lone season at Bunkie, Clark was the head coach of Pine Prairie in 2020 and 2021 and led the Panthers to a program-record five wins in 2021. Bunkie was 4-6 last season and averaged 18 points per game.

DeQuincy is the last school in Southwest Louisiana in the market for a head football coach.

Other recent hires include Cody Gueringer (Sulphur), Ronnie Courville (Welsh), Tyler Lavergne (Vinton), John Dougherty (Pickering), Troy Gardner (Rosepine), Idaibi Ogbanga (LaGrange) and Fuselier (Jennings).