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Coaching Spotlight: Gary Adkins, Oak Grove High School

May 6, 2013

By Al Prieto


1.) How many years have you been in coaching and at what age did you start coaching?

Gary Adkins
Gary Adkins

I have been coaching for 31 years starting at age 23.


2.) What is the name of the first school you coached at? What other schools have you coached at?

I started at False River Academy, other schools include St. Michael, Port Allen, White Castle, Donaldsonville, St. Martinsville and now Oak Grove—-head coach at these schools.


3.) What made you get into coaching? Who or what influenced you the most?

It is a calling and I was very influenced by my head coach, Coach Red Franklin.

4.) Where did you go to high school? What sports did you play if any?

I attended Haynesville High School and I played football, baseball, basketball and ran track.


5.) Did you go to college?

I attended Louisiana Tech and ULM and I hold a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision and a plus 30 in Child Welfare and Attendance.


6.) Who are some of the best players you’ve ever coached?

I would name three players: Tony Joe Maranto (Port Allen), he was an All-American at Northwestern State, Jerome Peterson (Port Allen) played on the 1996 and 1997 National Championship team at Nebraska and Champlain Babin (Donaldsonville) played at McNeese.


7.) What would you like to see changed in High School football?

I would like to see us go to NCAA rules so we can block below the waist.


8.) Are there any changes you would like to see in High School football that they have already changed in college ball?



9.) Do you think the brand of Louisiana football is different than anywhere else?

I would put our brand of football against anyone and I think we have great players and great coaches.


10.) Do you feel like the offense/defense philosophies differ between North and South Louisiana?

I don’t see alot of difference in philosophies in offense or defense between North and South Louisiana because of the Spread offense but before that I would say there were some differences such as North Louisiana being more of an in your face style game.


11.) Who is your favorite NFL player of all time and why?

My favorite pro player was Dan Marino because he was ahead of his time and played with such great passion for the game.


12.) Who is your favorite college or pro football coach and why?

My favorite college coach was Barry Switzer when he was at Oklahoma because I loved how he related to his players and my favorite pro coach was Don Shula because he was truly a gentlemen of the game.

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