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Collins hires Ryan Earnest as head football coach

COLLINS, MS (WDAM) -

Collins High School had a head coaching vacancy it needed to fill after Fred McNair left Covington County for Alcorn State in late May, and it didn't take the Tigers long to fill that position with a man who had a similar vision for this football team.

Collins High School named Ryan Earnest its head football coach Thursday. Earnest says he wants to continue the great tradition of football at Collins, but also make sure that his players are successful off the field as well. "Our first goal and really most important goal is to create, cultivate, and help to foster the complete student athlete. The goal is obtained when that young man walks across the stage, diploma in hand," Earnest said.

Earnest, a Laurel High School graduate, started his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater in 2004. He spent two years with the Golden Tornados before serving one year as an assistant at Sumrall High School. Earnest has spent the last five years as an assistant at Wayne County High School, serving as the War Eagles' offensive coordinator in 2011.

Earnest said he plans on running an up-tempo, no huddle, attacking offense. He said he plans on running what he calls a fast but simple, "warp spread" offense. The Laurel native added that he wanted his defense to play a fast attacking style as well, with plenty of emotion. Earnest said, "we want to hit people at a high rate of speed, and then help them up. And guess what, we want to hit them again."

Earnest and his Tigers will look to hit the ground running in 2012 as Collins opens the season August 24 hosting 2A powerhouse Bassfield.

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