Interview with Head Coach Coy Brotherton
By Jordan Brown
LAFM: How many years have you been coaching? How many years have you been at your current school?
Overall it’s been 9 going on 10 years. I’ve been at Plain Dealing for 3 years. Next year will be my 4th.
LAFM: What is the name of the first school you coached at? Where else have you coached?
I started my career at Airline High and was there for 6 years. That is the only other school I have coached at.
LAFM: What made you get into coaching?
My dad was a coach for 33 years and his career really made me want to get into coaching. Being on the sidelines with him as a kid and being around that environment made me want to stay in sports. I knew the best way for me to continue being around athletics was to be a coach.
LAFM: Who are some of the best players you have ever coached? What made them great?
At Airline I got to coach DeAngelo Brooks who is now playing at Louisiana Tech. He was a fun player to coach. He wrestled for me as well, I was coaching both sports. He was one of the best all around athletes I have had the privilege to coach. At Airline I also coached John Thomas a 6’6″ tight end who now plays at Trinity Valley Community College. And just this past season here at Plain Dealing we had Trey Harris who signed with Texas Southern. He signed earlier this month and is leaving as the all time leading receiver in Bossier Parish. What made them great was their character and attitude. Athletic ability is good but what makes a great player is their attitude. These guys still stay in contact and visit when home on breaks which shows a true appreciation.
LAFM: What is the best high school team you have ever played against?
Coaching at Plain Dealing the best team we play against is Haynesville. In 1A they have the football tradition and a group of good players. At Airline the best team we played against was West Monroe.
LAFM: What is your advice to high school students in regards to the recruiting process?
Be careful. Be careful who you get advice from and of what you’re told. Sometimes pressure comes from family members to make a specific decision but it’s important the student remembers the decision is their own. Sometimes coaches know more in terms of football but most importantly have fun and enjoy that attention. It is the players decision and no one else’s.
LAFM: Do you think it is advantageous for football players to play other sports?
Yes! It is good to play other sports. If football players are only playing football they can get burnt out. We have a good relationship with the basketball coach and encourage our guys to play other sports. It’s important to stay in that competitive environment whether it’s basketball or baseball and if you cannot do that then join the track team and run, stay active and competitive.
LAFM: What do you think is the best aspect of sports for youth?
The kids can take those few hours of sport to get away from the stress of school or home problems and work it off in the field.
LAFM: What is the best football game you can remember as a coach or watching your father coach?
The greatest game I watched my dad coach was when my brother was playing as his quarterback. I remember watching from the stand and really enjoying seeing them both on the sidelines together. As a coach myself the greatest game was two years ago when we played against Mangum in the first round of the playoffs. We were ranked #29 and they were ranked #4 and we upset them 29-24.
LAFM: What are you must excited about going into this next season at Plain Dealing and what makes your program great?
This will be my fourth year as head coach here so it’s been really fun watching this senior class grow up from skinny little freshman into the boys they are now. I’m excited to be returning a lot of starters with playing experience that will hopefully give us a competitive advantage. This senior class has been with me from the start and I am excited to see what they can do.