When Adrian Burnette scheduled Bastrop to kickoff the 2019 season at Wossman, he had no idea that he would be on the opposing sideline.
Adrian Burnette wasn't out of work for long.
Wossman head coach Dean Smith announced Wednesday night on Twitter that the former Bastrop head coach will be the Wildcats' new offensive coordinator.
"If the plan doesn't work, change the plan but never the goal," Smith tweeted in welcoming Burnette as Wossman's new OC.
Ironically, Wossman will host Burnette's former team in the 2019 season opener in south Monroe.
Burnette spent the past three seasons at Bastrop, including the past two as head coach. He compiled a 14-8 record in his first head coaching job. Following up a 5-5 season and a first-round playoff exit in 2017, the Rams went 9-3 and advanced to the state quarterfinals before falling to eventual Class 4A state quarterfinalist Edna Karr.
Burnette was informed on Tuesday, Dec. 11 that he would not be retained due to a reduction in force. With Morehouse Parish Schools being consolidated when students return from Christmas break in January, the financially-strapped school system has been forced to layoff numerous staff members. As an uncertified employee, Burnette, who is pursuing his certification qualifications, was among the first wave of cuts.
According to the Morehouse Parish School Board's policy handbook, “Any teacher who is not certified and highly qualified within the targeted subject area or areas of certification to be reduced shall be reduced first.”
At Wossman, Burnette joins an up-and-coming program. In Smith's second year as head coach, the Wildcats went 6-6, dropping a 13-12 heartbreaker to eventual Class 3A state champion Eunice in the second round.
Burnette was an All-State wide receiver for the Rams. He continued his playing career at Tulane, followed by stints on two NFL practice squads before playing arena ball.
Returning to Bastrop as wide receivers coach, Burnette was part of the Rams' 2007 state championship team.
Wossman marks his third stint as an OC, a position he also held at Carroll and New Orleans St. Augustine.