Carencro High School Head Coach Roland Eveland
Coach Roland Eveland is going into his 3rd year as head coach for the Carencro Bears. He coached the bears to an impressive 8-3 record in 2014. In today’s coaching spotlight, Coach Eveland talks about his past, the 2014 season, and Rajun Cajun Football.
LAFM: Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
Well, I was born in West Point, New York. I was raised in Memphis, Tennessee.
LAFM: How did you get to Louisiana?
I was recruited and ended up playing football for what was at the time the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette (now ULL). I played Offensive Line. I came down here and ended up marrying a Cajun. Her name is Bonnie Davide Eveland.
LAFM: Did you have a mentor or an idol growing up?
My father was a football coach who became an administrator. He was the one who really got me into the game. He was the captain of the 1953 Memphis State Tigers. As a result, all of my dad’s buddies were football players. All of my coaches in high school were buddies of my dad who had played with him in college. I grew up with football players.
LAFM: Where was your first coaching job?
I started coaching as the offensive coordinator and the head baseball coach at Abbeville High School
LAFM: When did you start coaching at Carencro?
One of my coaches at USL came to coach at Carencro. He asked me to leave Abbeville to come work for him. His name was Matt Keith. I have been at Carencro ever since. When I first came to Carencro I was the OL Coach. Next, I became the Offensive Coordinator. I will be entering my third year as head coach this upcoming season.
LAFM: Great year in 2014 going 8-3. What was the key to your success this past season?
We have now been together as a staff and a team for 2 years. The kids are catching on to what we are trying to do here. We had a number of seniors and honestly some really good players.
LAFM; You had a great senior class this year and great players. How was it coaching guys like D’Ronne Littleton?
The seniors were great this year. D’Ronne was obviously a special player for us. He basically won us a couple games just by some of the great things he did on the field. Northwestern got a steal there. Tyler Gaspard was also a special guy. He was one of the guys who was always around and knew exactly what was going on in the team. He really works hard. We also had 3 or 4 real good Wide Receivers such as Donald Stokes.
LAFM: What are you looking forward to next season?
We went down a class, so I want to see us really do well in our new district. Hopefully our O-Line comes back strong considering we return starters there. Tyreik Cambel, a really talented runner, will be back. This past season we had a lot of young guys play on defensive. I am excited to see those guys play after gaining good experience last season.
LAFM: What is special about Carencro high school?
I think the community does a good job supporting us. We have some real good kids here that are talented in and out of the classroom. I am really happy with our principal, Kendahl Roebuck. He does a great job pushing the school forward.
LAFM: What about University of Louisiana Lafayette? What is your take on ULL’s recent success?
I got to say that I am really impressed with Coach Hud. He has an unbelievable intensity in his coaching style. Because of that intensity, his team practices and plays with intensity. I watched a lot of the spring practices last year. He does some things different, but the number one thing he does is make guys compete. He is a good recruiter. He knows exactly what kind of guys he needs for his program. He has been fun to be around the last several years.