Larry Dolan’s success as a football coach in Mississippi is well-documented and so is D’Iberville’s football tradition. Now, they get the chance to win a possible second state championship together.
Yesterday, the Harrison County School Board approved Dolan as the new head man of the Warriors, taking over for the departed Eric Collins, who’s now at Bay High.
Dolan most recently served as the defensive coordinator at Oak Grove, following two years at Pearl River Central, another two years at Columbia Academy, and an impressive 14-year run at Forrest County Agricultural, culminating with a 4A state title back in 2013.
All the while, Dolan has been a not-so-secret admirer of the dream job that’s now his. “This is probably the one job in the state that I would try to get at this point in my career just because it’s always been on my radar since way back when Coach Singleton was there. I used to talk to Buddy all the time and say when are you going to retire, Buddy? When are you going to retire? I’d love to get that job. It’s just always been a place that I’ve admired from afar and their kids are just, I coach football for the kids and I’m ready to meet those kids and get going and see if we can get something special happening in D’Iberville.”
The Warriors won their state championship in 2002 under Louis Smith.