East Mississippi Community College's new defensive line coach adds to the ties between Bastrop and Scooba.
Former Bastrop High defensive line coach DeCarlos Holmes has joined the East Mississippi Community College coaching staff. Holmes' hiring is subject to approval by the EMCC board, which meets Monday.
This is Holmes' first position in the college ranks, following over a decade at the high school level. In addition to working with the defensive line, Holmes will be in charge of strength and conditioning with the Lions.
It should come as no surprise that EMCC head coach Buddy Stephens would hire a coach with Bastrop ties. A pair of former Rams, quarterback Randall Mackey and running back Rodriguez Moore, were instrumental in transforming the Scooba, Miss. school into one of the nation's most successful junior college programs.
Mackey quarterbacked the Lions' first state championship team in 2009. Two years later, Moore helped the Lions capture their first national championship.
Mackey went on to play for Ole Miss, while Moore is currently at the University of Cincinnati.
“When they find out I coached at Bastrop, everybody at East Mississippi says, 'We've never had anything bad come from Bastrop,'” Holmes said. “They call their new stadium, 'the house that Mackey built.'”
Holmes says EMCC will soon have a new fieldhouse to go with its stadium.
“The new fieldhouse is supposed to be ready by the summer of 2014,” Holmes said.
Holmes spent last season at New Orleans St. Augustine as a member of longtime friend Cyril Crutchfield's staff. With several key returnees from last year's 9-4 team, which lost to eventual state champion Edna Karr in the Class 4A quarterfinals, St. Aug is expected to contend for the state title this season.
“It was hard to leave St. Aug,” Holmes said. “St. Aug has the No. 1 basketball player in the state in (power forward) Craig Victor and the No. 1 football player in the nation in (running back) Leonard Fournette.”
However, the opportunity to coach at the college level was too good to pass up.
“East Mississippi was the best fit for me at the college level,” Holmes said. “They're in a great junior college conference and Buddy Stephens does a great job.”
Holmes was head coach and athletic director at Shreveport Woodlawn from 2009-11. Inheriting a program that had won only three games over the previous three seasons, Holmes helped lay the groundwork for a squad that won a share of the District 1-4A title in 2012. In addition to helping the Knights become more competitive on the field, he was instrumental in obtaining funding to renovate the weight room and dressing room facilities.
During his four seasons at Bastrop (2005-08), Holmes was part of three straight Class 4A state championship teams and a state semifinalist. With the Rams, he tutored a number of Division I signees, including Josh Downs and Kentravis Aubrey (LSU), D.D. Jones (Arkansas) LaMarcus Williams (Mississippi State) and Deddrick Jones (Southern Mississippi).
Prior to arriving at Bastrop, Holmes was the defensive coordinator on Crutchfield's staff at Port Sulphur, where he helped the Bronchos reach the state semifinals.
Early in his career, Holmes was head coach at Arcadia in 2003 and an assistant at Neville in 2002.
Following a stellar high school career at Grambling Lab, Holmes was a three-year starter for the legendary Eddie Robinson at Grambling State University. Holmes earned a master's degree in educational leadership and an undergraduate degree in history from GSU.
Holmes is married to the former Kerith Caldwell, a former Bastrop resident. The couple has three sons — Dailon, Kase and Kollin.