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Football: Northwest’s Lloyd leaves for West Monroe job

July 07, 2006 –
By George Hollier
Sports Correspondent

PRAIRIE RONDE – Departing Northwest High football coach and athletic director Rodney Lloyd noted several accomplishments as hallmarks of his tenure at the school.
Since taking the reins three and a half years ago, Lloyd has dealt with the aftermath of a tornado that destroyed the school. It was a rough transition, he said.

“We had no home,” he said. “I was there with them for a half a year at the old Charter School, and the transition of moving back to Northwest was kind of tough,” he said. “I can remember that first spring practice not having enough shoulder pads and helmets. Everything was destroyed.”

In spite of the obstacles, Lloyd’s first season at the helm still stands out as his most memorable.
“I think it was a great season,” he said. “We had some obstacles to face, but we managed to come together as a team. We were excited to get the program headed in the right direction, and I think it is headed in the right direction now.”

Part of the Lloyd legacy is a new training room that will afford Northwest athletes an opportunity to train for success in every sport.

“I think that is the biggest thing that happened, seeing that $200,000 weight room added,” he said. “It happened during my era and it made me proud.”

He is also proud of having helped student-athletes obtain Division I scholarships. During his time, Marc Cassimere, Joseph Thomas, Damarous Offord, Donald Roberts and Taurean Montero all signed scholarships that afforded them opportunities to go to college.

“One thing I tried to do was give those kids an opportunity to continue their education,” he said. “I enjoyed my time at Northwest. I am so grateful to Principal Raymond Cassimere for giving me an opportunity.

“None of this would have happened if not for him. He took a chance on a young guy from Ferriday and I hope I made him proud,” Lloyd offered. “My job was to come in and rebuild this program. Sometimes the best way to learn is hands-on. I was given that opportunity and I am grateful for it.”

Now Lloyd will be following in the footsteps of the man who gave him his opportunity as a coach and athletic director, taking a position as an administrator in Ouachita Parish.

“I will be like a young Raymond Cassimere. I feel like God has opened up another door for me. The school district where I will be is very good in terms of school performance scores, one of the top five in the state. I have a great group of kids here who I will miss.

“I would also like to thank the St. Landry Parish school system for giving me the opportunity. Superintendent Lanny Moreau, assistant superintendent Joseph Cassimere, Jimmy Prados and Donnie Perron, I really would like for them to know that I appreciate what they did for me.

“This was a moment in my life that was priceless,” he said. “Administration was where I saw my professional career going. This was something I wanted to take advantage of because those kinds of opportunities don’t come around every year.”

Originally published July 7, 2006