2019 All Metro Coach of the year: Stanley Smith
NATCHEZ — The Natchez Democrat All-Metro Coach of The Year is Stanley Smith of Ferriday High School.
“It’s a great achievement with so many great coaches in the area,” Smith said. “I appreciate it, and I’m very thankful for it.”
After a 35-22 loss to Alexandria High School to begin the season, Smith said the Trojans had to adapt and overcome.
After the loss, the Trojans went on a 14-game winning streak, ending in Ferriday High’s fifth state championship in school history. The Louisiana High School Athletics Association Class 2A state championship was the first state championship for the Trojans since 1956.
Smith said the Trojans’ success was all due to hard work and preparation.
“The team also focused and worked together,” Smith said. “ We created a family atmosphere, and we were transparent with the athletes, where they see where our heart and interests are in the team. That went a long way for our team.”
Ferriday turned in a 7-0 record at home at Melz Field this season and also won the District 2-2A title outright. The District 2-2A title was the Trojans’ sixth district title in school history. From the season, Smith said he’s going to remember how close the group was together.
“I think it was a special senior class that finally brought home the trophy,” Smith said.
On the Trojans’ roster this season, 11 players were named to the LHSAA District 2-2A All-District First Team and two players to the Second Team. Smith said it took a lot of hardwork and dedication for the Trojans to earn the spots on the All-District First and Second teams.
The state championship victory was Smith’s first state championship as a head coach. Smith said he wanted to show the players what hard work and dedication meant to the team by winning the state championship.
“At the end of the day, it’s about motivating young men for the next step in their life,” Smith said. “I think we had a great experience with being champions. I think if you can be a champion on the football field, then you can be a champion in life.”
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