CARRIERE, MS (WLOX) - Last month Pearl River Central offered the head football coaching duties to Larry Dolan, who had coached at Forrest County AHS for 25 years before he left to take over at Columbia Academy in 2014.
When the PRC job opened up after Eric Collins left to become the head coach at D'Iberville High School, Dolan says he couldn't pass up the opportunity. In April he accepted the position when it was offered and will complete spring football drills on Friday.
"I can relate to those youngsters at Pearl River Central, "said Dolan. "When I coached at Forrest County AHS, those Blue Devil players reminded me of my kids. No matter the score, they would play extremely hard and that appealed to me."
51-year-old Dolan says he spent a few years in Gulfport while in middle school and moved to Forrest County after the ninth grade. Dolan played football at Forrest County AHS and later became an assistant coach and head coach and guided the Aggies to the 2013 Class 4A State Championship.
After winning the title, Dolan retired and was hired at Columbia Academy and had a goal of coaching there for seven or eight years. The desire to get back into the public schools and complete with some of the top Class 5A programs in the state led him to accept the PRC position.
Pearl River Central graduated 27 players from the 2015 Region 8-5A District championship team, so his Blue Devils don't have the numbers he would like with 44 players participating in spring drills. He expects to get that number up in August.
He said he hired three coaches and hopes to finalize his coaching staff soon.
"I'm looking forward to competing with the likes of Hattiesburg, Picayune and Pascagoula, "stated Dolan. "This region is one of the best and most competitive in the state."