Categories: Uncategorized

Minden High School’s Spencer Heard named Class 4A Coach of the Year

Minden head coach Spencer Heard was honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as Class 4A’s Coach of the Year Press-Herald/Blake Branch

The Louisiana Sports Writers Association released the Class 4A All-State team, capping a whirlwind season of action on the gridiron.

 

Much to the delight of Minden High fans, third-year Crimson Tide head coach Spencer Heard was chosen as the 4A State Coach of the Year by the LSWA.

“It’s something I definitely wasn’t expecting,” Heard said. “I’m very honored and humbled to receive it. It speaks to all the hard work our other coaches put in, and the players also. It’s a testament to how everyone has bought in and to the direction our program is moving.”

Heard led the Tide to a 9-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in district play, the lone loss coming to Benton in week six.

Heard, a state champion at Mansfield High School and former Louisiana Tech wide receiver, came to Minden in 2013 after coaching one season at Green Oaks. While there, Heard coached current LSU standout defensive back Tre’Davious White.

In 2012, the season before Heard arrived, Minden finished just 1-9. In Heard’s first season in charge of the Tide he posted a 4-6 campaign, then 7-4 a season ago and finally 9-3 in 2015.
Heard takes the honor over the likes of Neville’s Micky McCarty, Edna Karr’s Brice Brown and Bastrop’s Brad Bradshaw.

Sneed, Baker earn Honorable Mention

Minden also had two players named to the All State honorable mention team in senior L’Jarius Sneed and junior Zi’Kerrion Baker.

Sneed was a walking touchdown, averaging a score almost every three touches. Sneed caught 35 balls for 1,027 yards and 13 TD’s and added 303 yards rushing and six touchdowns on the ground.

Baker was arguably the area’s breakout player defensively. Saving his best for big games, but never taking a play off against any opponent, Baker was someone opposing coaches had to gameplan to stop. The 6-2, 220-pound defensive end/linebacker will return to lead what could be 4A’s best defense in 2016.

“It’s a big deal,” Heard said. “When you start talking about having multiple names on this list in an entire state where there’s so many good athletes out there; to have your name mentioned among those names it’s a very special deal. Both L’Jarius and Zi’Kerrion are very deserving of it for how hard they worked to get where they are. Hopefully this motivates some of the younger guys to aspire to that level.”

Blake Branch

View Comments

Recent Posts

  • News

Warnings, watches issued as strong storms enter Southeast

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Forecasters warned about tornadoes and other violent weather Thursday as a front that unleashed twisters and…

10 hours ago
  • News

$12M budget boost proposed to Louisiana legislative agencies

By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana's financial picture improves, legislative leaders are proposing to…

10 hours ago
  • News

Brookshire’s announces home delivery through Instacart in Minden

Brookshire Grocery Co. has introduced same-day home delivery through Instacart at the Brookshire’s Food Store located at 205 Homer Rd.…

10 hours ago
  • News

Mueller Report made available, Trump and local congressman weigh in

WASHINGTON – A redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's 2016 election interference was released Thursday morning.…

11 hours ago
  • News

Webster Parish schools to hold public forums before May 4 vote

Voters in Minden will decide on May 4 whether or not to pass a millage rate increase to fund various…

13 hours ago