BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - The coast coaching carousel continues. After a three-year stint with the D’iberville Warriors, Eric Collins moves to the other side of the coast to fill the head football coaching position at Bay High.
The hire was confirmed by WLOX in a personal phone interview with Collins Thursday night. The Bay-Waveland School Board approved Collins of the position Wednesday night. In his tenure as the Warriors head coach, Collins boasted a 18-16 record, leading D’iberville to a Region 4-6A championship in his first season in 2016. When asked what why he made the move, Collins said that he loves to rebuild programs that are struggling.
“One of the things I feel like I’m really good at and I’ve done it several times in my career is taking programs that are troubled and turning them around," Collins told WLOX. It’s what I feel comfortable doing, it’s what I feel like I’m good at. So it’s an opportunity, one last maybe opportunity for me to be able to do that.”
Collins was very impressed with Bay High’s administration, saying they have a “champions attitude" and that they are hungry to build a winning culture. As he departs D’iberville, Collins said he will miss the school and the kids he had the chance to coach.
"The kids are great, " Collins said. We had a great group all three years that I was there. We had our fair share of college prospects as well and it’s always fun coaching kids that have a lot of ability and talent. The school as a whole. The faculty is wonderful and I’m going to miss those people."
Collins fills a position left by Benji Foreman, who resigned in early November after three years at Bay High. The Tigers finished the 2018 season with a 1-9 record.