LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Washington-Marion High School searched statewide to find its next football coach and according to multiple sources, the Charging Indians have tabbed Sophie B. Wright's DeCarlos Holmes as head coach.
Holmes comes to Lake Charles after two years with the Warriors. During his tenure as head coach, Sophie B. Wright went 2-16 including a winless 2016 season. The Warriors program is still a fresh one, having started football back in 2010.
Before Holmes' stint with the Warriors, he was the head coach at Woodlawn High School in Shreveport from 2009-11. He took over a program that had won only three games over the previous three seasons. Holmes would post a 5-25 record with the Knights, but he helped lay the foundation for a team that won the district title the following season.
Holmes was also the head coach at Arcadia in 2002, leading the Hornets to a district title on the field.
Holmes has spent time as an assistant coach at Bastrop High School, Port Sulphur High School, St. Augustine High School and East Mississippi Community College-- which gained notoriety by being featured in the Netflix series 'Last Chance U.'
As a defensive line coach for EMCC during the 2013 season, the Lions claimed the NJCAA National Championship while posting the nation's number one defense.
At Bastrop, Holmes was apart of the Rams' three state championships from 2005-07. During that stretch, the Rams posted an undefeated record of 49-0 on the field.
The Grambling Lab graduate was a three-year starter for the legendary Eddie Robinson at Grambling State University, playing in Robinson's final year as a coach in 1997.
Holmes replaces Freddie Harrison, who stepped down as Washington-Marion's head football coach in June.