Welsh promotes Gueringer

Welsh is keeping a familiar face around to lead the Greyhounds football program, promoting offensive coordinator Cody Gueringer to head coach.

The Greyhounds won the 2017 Class 2A state championship were runners-up finish this past season.

Previous head coach John Richardson left to become head coach at Westlake.

Gueringer has coached the offensive line for the past five seasons and served as offensive coordinator the last two. He was head coach of the boys basketball team from 2014-17.

Gueringer said he wants to uphold the culture built by his predecessors.

“I’m looking forward to a community that is driven in regards to football, one that cares, is loyal and passionate,” he said. “We have fans that come out to support the team, kids that work hard no matter the score. There is a great culture in place here. That culture was put in place by Dutton Wall and all the coaches that came after him — Marcus LeJuene, Robbie Gates, Chuck Gorman.”

Gueringer said no assistants followed Richardson to Westlake.

“I would not have applied for this job if (defensive coordinator) Aaron Trahan was not staying,” he said. “Everyone else stayed as well.”

A new face in the head coach’s office will not change the program’s expectations.

“The standard at Welsh is to compete for championships, whether it is a district title or the state championship,” Gueringer said. “Being here already helps. There is always going to be pressure when you are at a football school.”

Holmes leaves W-M

DeCarlos Holmes stepped down after one season at Washington-Marion accept an assistant’s job at East Mississippi Community College. Holmes led W-M to a 4-6 record. He will coach the defensive line at EMCC, a position he held in 2013 before leaving the school for a job at Bastrop High School.

He said his time in Lake Charles was enjoyable.

“The people welcomed me with open arms, the kids were real receptive to me and the community was behind football at Washington-Marion,” he said.

EMCC won national titles in each of Holmes’ two seasons there and have won the last two titles as well.

“I want to go the to the next level and we had great success there,” Holmes said. “We won a national championship and I coached eight guys that signed scholarships. Six of those were from Power-Five schools and two (Seahawks defensive linemen Jarron Reed Niners and D.J. Jones) are playing in the NFL.”

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:State’s election system secure

Local News

Transfer of Mallard Cove Golf Course to Chennault complete

Local News

Maplewood schools will remain closed Thursday

Local News

Kinder Future Farmers of America collect, deliver fuel to Lafourche Parish

Local Business News

Disaster assistance request for SW La. makes it to budget

Local Business News

Area LyondellBasell plant receives ISCC PLUS certification

Local Business News

When it comes to headwear, Anne Monlezun and Kevin Mattingly have got you covered

Local Business News

Elizabeth Jimney column: Building a website that works for you

Local Business News

Names in the News: People shaping the future of Lake Area business

Local Business News

Few things please Chloun more than delighting diners with authentic Middle Eastern cuisine

Local News

Nicholas expected to weaken to a depression overnight

Local News

Nicholas weakening as it moves toward SW La.

Local News

Update: Today’s weather-related closures and cancellations

Local News

Nicholas expected to stall over SW La. Wednesday

Local News

Nicholas upgraded to category 1 hurricane

Local News

Weather-related Tuesday closures, cancellations

Crime

Nine arrested in what authorities describe as ‘gang shooting’

Local News

Calcasieu leadership: Tropical Storm Nicholas should not be taken lightly

Local News

LC city offices closed, trash service canceled Tuesday

Local News

Temporary closure of FEMA’s LC Recovery Service Center

Local News

COVID testing, vaccine sites closed Tuesday-Wednesday

Local News

Allen schools will be virtual Tuesday

Local News

Nicholas could turn into a hurricane before making landfall

Local News

Clearing debris from drainage laterals massive, costly