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Stone taps into Coast coaching connections to hire football coach

Stone football coach John Feaster
Stone football coach John Feaster

John Feaster didn't get into football to be a head coach. He didn't have grand ambitions of hoisting any certain trophy. He got into it the business because of the kids.

It was largely because of his passion for the sport and for his players that the former Pearl River Central defensive coordinator was approved as Stone High's next coach.

"I think the situation chose me," Feaster told the Sun Herald on Tuesday. "I'm a firm believer that God doesn't make mistakes and this job just kind of happened.

"I guess I did well in the interview."

Stone athletics director Greg Amacker said Feaster's ability to relate to the student athletes really separated him from the other applicants.

"We're excited to have him. He comes highly recommended from the folks over at PRC on his ability to motivate and lead the young people," Amacker said. "We were looking for a person who can do more than just coach football and that's develop these young men into people of success."

Feaster replaces Adam Stone, who stepped down from his alma mater in late February after posting a 21-34 record in five seasons.

With Feaster, Stone taps into a man who knows what it takes to win on the Coast.

Feaster, now 34, was a sophomore on Dodd Lee's second staff at Picayune. After graduating high school, Feaster played at Pearl River Community College and Cincinnati before returning as an assistant under his former coach. After six seasons with the Maroon Tide, Feaster joined Eric Collins' staff at Pearl River Central and spent the last three years as defensive coordinator.

"Coach Feaster is a tremendous young coach," said Collins, who was recently hired to replace Buddy Singleton at D'Iberville. "There's no doubt Stone got a high quality young coach ... "He's knowledgeable of his content and what he's trying to teach, but his passion for the kids is what really stands out.

"He'll no doubt turn that program around."

Feaster was sure to credit Lee, Collins and his players at PRC for preparing him to become the Tomcats' head coach.

"I was blessed to work with Coach Lee and Coach Collins and want to thank Pearl River Central High School, the kids at PRC and the kids at Picayune. They're the reason I'm here."

Feaster plans to operate his defense out of a 4-2-5 and says his offense is to be determined.

"I'm a Picayune guy and a PRC guy, so I think that'll tell some folks," he said.

The first step for Feaster is to get acclimated to the Tomcats and vice versa.

"Everything is predicated on discipline, being where you need to be, getting there with attitude and using high intensity," Feaster said of his coaching philosophy. "We're going to hustle to every play. Intensity is the biggest thing.

"My intensity and passion are probably what landed me here at Stone."

Stone is the fourth Coast school to fill a coaching vacancy this offseason. George County hired Taylorsville's Matt Caldwell, West Harrison promoted coordinator Tracy Rogers and D'Iberville landed Collins, leaving Bay High and Pearl River Central as the lone active vacancies.

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