Job search continues for Hounds coaches

Published 11:51 pm Tuesday, June 8, 2010

FERRIDAY — Huntington School might be closed, but that hasn’t stopped its former coaches from hoping they could remain in the area.

For former Hounds basketball coach Edwin White, the prospect of sticking around the Miss-Lou is attractive, he said, even if it means not being a coach for a little while.

“I actually have a couple of jobs lined up,” White said.

“There are two openings in Memphis I’m considering. I’m also considering going back to Ferriday High School just to be a teacher, but I haven’t made up my mind yet.”

With the head coaching position for the Trojans basketball team open, White also said he’d like to be considered for that job.

“That job is open, but it’s a situation where they have to hire both a football coach and a basketball coach,” White said.

“They’re in the process of (finding) a football coach now, and I think they’ll deal with football first and basketball later.”

And if he were to get the job, it would mean a return trip to Ferriday High School as a coach.

“My first coaching job was there as an assistant (for basketball) in 1995, and it would be just like going back home,” White said.

“They haven’t started interviewing yet, but once they do, I’m sure I’ll throw my name in the hat.”

But if he doesn’t get the job, White said he’s fine with taking a break from the coaching ranks.

“I’d be OK right now. I’ve been coaching for 16 years, so if I had a break, it really wouldn’t bother me,” he said.

Former Hounds football coach Chad Harkins also has his sights set on Ferriday High School as a landing spot. Harkins said he interviewed for the head coaching position for the football team.

“There’s a lot of tradition there, and it’s really close to my house, and I’d like to be living here for the rest of my life,” Harkins said.

“It’s very appealing to think about possibly being there, but I don’t know what’s going to happen with that job.”

And no matter where he ends up, Harkins said he doesn’t want it to be too far away from home.

“My prospects are limited, because there’s only X amount of schools within driving distance. Hopefully I can find something at one of those, because it sure beats having to try to relocate my family,” Harkins said.

Harkins admitted that the process of trying to find a new coaching position has been stressful, but he hopes his pedigree would help open some eyes.

“(The process) has had its ups and downs. You heard good things and bad things, but you just have to keep looking and see what’s going to happen,” Harkins said.

“You have to keep your options open, because you never know. I’ve won everywhere I’ve been and did the best I could, so hopefully that counts for something.”

When contacted, former Huntington baseball coach Matt Mason said he was pursuing a career outside of coaching.