Brad Morace, Bastrop High's new defensive coordinator, brings 24 years of coaching experience to the table.
Prior to joining the Rams, Morace was defensive coordinator at Ouachita for three stints, Ruston and West Ouachita.
In his only season as a head coach, Morace guided Farmerville to the district championship. One season as a head coach was enough, however.
“Sometimes when you want something, you find out you didn't want it as bad as you thought you did,”
Morace said. “As a head coach, there are too many other things you have to deal with. I'm about helping kids. I love coaching.”
Morace has also coached at Richwood High School and several junior highs.
Following the 2010 season at Ouachita High, Morace moved over to Ouachita Junior High for a year.
Morace says his defensive philosophy is to attack.
“I believe in putting pressure on people,” Morace said. “As sophisticated as offenses are today, you can't sit back and let people hammer you. Thomas (Bachman) throws 10,000 formations at you in practice.
“If you bring pressure, one of two things is going to happen — you're going to create turnovers or they'll be in the endzone.”
Morace says the Rams' will employ the 4-2-5 as their base defense.
“I'm a 4-2-5 guy, but I will play an uneven front, which is a 50 look,” Morace said.
Morace has been pleased with the Rams' work ethic throughout preseason camp.
“I like these kids,” Morace said. “They work hard.”
Morace says he expects his unit to play with passion.
“We're going to play together and we're going to play hard,” Morace says. “How successful we'll be, I don't know.”
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Morace will teach honors P.E. at Bastrop.
A 1982 Ouachita graduate, Morace was a catcher for coach Gary Richter and played defensive tackle for coach Tom Causey. He also helped Monroe to three Dixie Majors state championships.
Morace is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University (now Louisiana-Monroe) where he majored in physical education and received a minor in biology.
Morace and his wife, Rhonda, reside in Farmerville. He is the father of Kyle Morace (22), a CECP coach at Ouachita and has four step-daughters — Kristen, Liana, Megan and Tara Locantro.