LONG BEACH-- Long Beach has hired former St. Stanislaus coach Forrest Williams as its next football coach/Athletic Director.
Williams' hiring was approved at a Long Beach School Board meeting on Tuesday night.
"I'm excited to be back on the Coast," Williams said. "My wife and I never sold our house in Pass Christian. Long Beach has a great school system and administration. The potential and ability to compete is here."
Williams coached three seasons at St. Stanislaus, leading the Rockachaws to the Class 4A state championship in 2009. He was named the Sun Herald's football coach of the year. The Rockachaws were led by quarterback Dylan Favre, who broke several state and national passing records.
Williams left St. Stanislaus and became coach at Madison-Ridgeland Academy, winning 24 of 36 games in three seasons. He resigned after last year.
Long Beach has hired two coaches in consecutive years. Bo Vonderbruegge went 0-10 during his one season after he replaced Tommy Browder.
"I know the community wants to win. With the lack of success they've had the last couple of years, I know these kids are going to be hungry. But there's going to be a growth process."
Moss Point is the other Coast school without a football coach/Athletic Director. Ed East served as interim coach/AD following Kevin Jackson's departure to East Marion.