POSTED: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 10:06pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 10:08pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A once dominant high school football program has fallen on hard times over the past couple of years. Redemptorist was a model for success on the gridiron for many years. Today, they’re looking to get back to that. The school hopes newly hired head football coach Terence Williams is the answer.
“God has called me home back to Baton Rouge. You don’t understand the passion I have for not only coaching but to watch you guys grow,” Williams told a group of about 20 current Redemptorist athletes.
Growing is exactly what Williams needs to bring the school back to prominence. A year ago, Redemptorist failed to get into the win column.
“It’s hard for me to get excited over a win because that is what I expect. When we score a touchdown you won't see me jumping up and down and get excited," he said.
The expectations are high and the process may be painful at times. Tuesday, the soft-spoken former Donaldsonville High head coach was formally introduced at the school’s library. He drew glowing marks from a familiar face, Central head football coach Sid Edwards who won two state titles at Redemptorist.
“It’s going to be called the resurgence. You are going to be blessed that you are going to be part of the group that brought the Wolf pack back,” Edwards told the kids. “It’s called belief without evidence. Coach still has to prove himself but those who believe without evidence, great things are going to happen,” he said.
Williams admits, like his team, he must grow too. The climb to the top, he says, won’t be a quick jump but rather a one step at a time upward movement.
“We are going to take you from good to great,” Williams said.
The team has won just four games in the last two years. Williams will also be the head track and field coach at the school.