Sonny Nason has found his way home once again.
Beginning his third tour at his alma mater, Nason signed on as Bastrop High's wide receivers coach in the spring.
Nason spent the past four years at Lake Providence where he compiled a respectable 17-23 record, including two playoff appearances, and guided the Panthers to their first district championship since 1981 last season. In 2008 — Nason's first season as a head football coach — the Panthers ended a 24-year playoff drought.
Upon Nason's resignation, the East Carroll Parish school hired Bastrop High defensive coordinator Marcus Yanez as its head coach.
Though he had other options, Nason ultimately decided that it was time to come back home.
“After driving an hour to Lake Providence and an hour back for four years, I have a six-minute drive to work now. You can't get a lot better than that,” Nason said. “I was telling (Bastrop head coach Thomas Bachman) the other day that we never really know where the road is going to lead us. I had several opportunities, but it's tough to pass up the opportunity to come back home and be close to your family and friends.”
During his previous hitches at Bastrop, Nason held a variety of positions with the football program, including co-offensive coordinator. In addition, he was head coach of the baseball, softball and golf teams.
“I guess about the only thing I haven't coached here would be defense,” Nason said.
Nason also spent two years as Delta's offensive coordinator before the school consolidated with Bastrop following the 2004-05 school year. Rejoining the Rams, Nason coached wide receivers for the 2006 and '07 Class 4A state championship teams.
Brad Bradshaw was the Rams' head coach during Nason's first two stints at Bastrop. Despite the coaching change, Nason sees little difference in his job description.
“Both (Bradshaw and Bachman) are similar in the fact that they trust me to do my job,” Nason said. “They are the type of coaches who tell you what they want done, then leave you alone and let you do your job.”
Nason has found that the Rams' offensive philosophy changed little during his absence.
“When I was here before, we had a lot of people going in and out,” Nason said. “We're three deep at the receiver positions. We want to be able to rotate four people in and out. We're going to play fast, so we want fresh legs out there constantly.”
A lefthanded pitcher, Nason went on to play college baseball at Pearl River (Miss.) Community College and the Unviersity of Arkansas at Monticello.
Sonny and his wife, the former Amy Whorton, have four children — Jodi (19), Bradi (18), Molli (11) and Tripp (8), who will be a ball boy for the Rams this season.