High School Sports

Bay High hires one of Coast’s most respected coaches to take over football program

Bay High has landed one of the most well-respected coaches on the Coast to take over its football program.

D’Iberville head coach Eric Collins was hired Wednesday night to take over the rebuilding effort for the Tigers, Bay-Waveland School District athletic director Monty Noblitt told the Sun Herald on Thursday morning.

Collins replaces Benji Foreman, who stepped down as the Bay High head coach in early November.

Foreman was 3-27 in his three years on the job.

In his three years at D’Iberville, Collins had a record of 18-16. He led the Warriors to a Region 4-6A championship with a record of 8-4 during his first season in 2016 before putting together five-win seasons over the last two years. D’Iberville made the playoffs twice under Collins.

Collins spent six years as the head coach at Pearl River Central prior to his stint at D’Iberville, turning around a program that was 0-11 the year before he arrived. He ended up compiling a 42-31 record at PRC.

A former Tupelo head coach, Collins has also had coaching stops at Louisiana schools like Archbishop Hannan, Jesuit and Chalmette.

“We’re very excited to hire such a quality individual,” Noblitt said. “He’s a fantastic football coach and the perfect guy to lead our program.”

Noblitt said that he and school officials interviewed a total of six candidates for the job.

“We were super impressed with not only him in the interview, but his resume,” Noblitt said. “He’s done a great job everywhere he’s been. He has a record of improving struggling programs and that’s something we were looking for.

“At that point, we meet the superintendent Sandra Reed and she felt that he was a great fit for everybody involved.

Noblitt said that Collins’ start date at Bay High will “depend upon his contract situation with Harrison County.”