WELSH, LA (KPLC) - Welsh High School didn’t have to look far to find its next head football coach. Following John Richardson’s departure to Westlake High School, the Hounds have promoted offensive coordinator Cody Gueringer to head coach.
“It’s exciting. It’s an opportunity for a community and place that really backs the sport, athletics and academics. It’s a community that is all-in,” said Gueringer of Welsh. “The biggest thing that I have seen with being in Kinder and Welsh is the community involvement and the passion. A lot of places around here don’t really have a community that truly cares and is as passionate as Welsh and Kinder has been.”
Gueringer has been the Welsh OC since 2014. Under his watch, the Greyhound offense has soared to the Class 2A title game twice and the semifinals three times. That type of success helps the future Hounds prepare better.
“We have been in some really big games. Knowing what you’re getting into when you go into a place like Many, Kinder or going up to Rayville in the second round is important," Gueringer said. "Those are environments that can really be overwhelming.”
The Greyhound offense will not be the only unit with continuity as defensive coordinator Aaron Trahan will remain on staff.
“[Trahan] has coached in those big games and has shut many teams out that many people thought we could not beat. He’s done a really good job and is one of the reasons why I am okay with staying and being a part of all of this,” admitted Gueringer. "He’s going to help me build the program into what we want it to become.”
Gueringer also spent time on the Kinder coaching staff during the Yellow Jackets' championship run. He was a coach on the 2013 team that beat Many in the 2A title. Following in the footsteps of Kinder coach Bret Fuselier and Richardson, Gueringer believes the time to take the next step is now.
“The program with Coach Richardson and the previous coaches before him have set a standard,” Gueringer said. “I know that if I’m going to eventually make my way into the coaching world and get to where I want to be, mentioned with Coach Richardson and Bret Fuselier who are coaches that have molded me into who I am, I know that the time is now.”
Despite making back-to-back Superdome runs, the Greyhounds have plenty of talent to replace. Gueringer knows the foundation is in place to continue what has already been started.
“Ultimately, the groundwork has been laid by [Richardson]. My job is to maximize players' talent and ability and have coaches that are going to challenge their positions to ultimately rise to the occasion,” Gueringer said. “As long as we can play physical, fast and mentally tough football, we are going to be fine.”