LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Washington-Marion head football coach DeCarlos Holmes is headed back to the college ranks after just one season in Lake Charles. The Grambling State alumnus will be the defensive line coach for the two-time defending national champions, East Mississippi Community College.
“When I turn on the TV to watch college football games or see kids I’ve coached reached the NFL, it reminds me that I want to be an NFL coach one day," said Holmes. "Hopefully, I am just taking the steps in the right direction to get to where I want to be.”
Washington-Marion went just 4-6 in 2018 and missed the playoffs by two spots. The Charging Indians lost four of their six games by a combined 13 points. Holmes said his players were encouraging when he met with them on Tuesday.
“When I talked to the kids, they put me at ease a little bit," admitted Holmes. "They told me, ' Coach, you always tell us to shoot for the stars and do the best things in life. Why should it be a hard decision for you to leave and pursue your dream?'”
Holmes returns to college after five seasons in the high school ranks. He coached the defensive line at EMCC in 2013 where he helped lead the Lions to the 2013 NJCAA National Title. Holmes resigned after one season to take a coaching position at Bastrop High School due to family reasons.
Holmes is hoping his recent experience at the high school level should aid him in recruiting for his new job. Southwest Louisiana may be positively affected as well.
“It should help because New Orleans is a hotbed. I think Southwest Louisiana is a hotbed that has yet to be tapped into," Holmes said. "I think there are a lot of kids around here who are just as good as any other kid in the state.”