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Athletic Director and Head Footba...

Opelousas High

Employment History

  • High Head Football Coach
  • Coach
  • Black Athletic Director
  • Athletic Director and Head Football Coach
  • Head Coach and Athletic Director
    Opelousas High School
  • Black Athletic Director
    Opelousas High School
  • Assistant Coach
  • OHS Head Coach
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Bailey has fond memories of ..., 24 Aug 2007 [cached]
Bailey has fond memories of Ferriday
It's been almost 10 years since Cordell Bailey hung up his whistle at Ferriday High School.But his thoughts still go back to those days as a Trojan.
"Actually my best years at Ferriday were my first three as an assistant coach," Bailey said.
Bailey is in his fourth year as an assistant coach at Northside High School in Lafayette, a 4A school which lost to John Curtis in the state finals in 2004 and advanced to the quarterfinals the last two years.
Bailey serves as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Northside.
Bailey was head coach at Ferriday from 1987 to 1999, earning district Coach of the Year honors four times and Coach of the Year in 2A in 1991 when the Trojans lost to Amite in the state semifinals.
"Every Friday night I still have to find out what the Trojans are doing," Bailey said.
Bailey left Ferriday in 1999 to join former Trojan coach Jerry Baldwin at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Bailey accepted the head coaching job at Opelousas High in 2002
"I never should have taken the job at Opelousas," Bailey said.
"I met Coach Harrison at some clinics and I believe he will do a good job," Bailey said.
Bailey coached LSU sophomore running back Keiland Williams at Northside.
"We always have had a heckuva tailback here at Northside," he said."We just lost a kid who signed with Grambling.This year is really the first where we don't have a real good running back.But our quarterback, Courtney Parker, has started since he was a sophomore and we will be looking to throw the ball a little more."
Bailey said Williams comes back to Northside at times to talk with the team.
"Keiland can run the football and he has good hands out of the backfield," Bailey said.
The Opelousas Daily World, 1 Jan 2002 [cached]
Cordell Bailey gives instruction to the Opelousas High team during a game this past season.Bailey resigned as the athletic director last week.
January 2002, Cordell Bailey was named the athletic director and head football coach at Opelousas High.
Two years later, OHS is searching for its sixth AD in nine years as the St. Landry Parish School Board accepted Bailey's resignation at the January meeting.Bailey's resignation that is effective Feb. 1, 2004.
"You would always like to finish what you start," Bailey said "Maybe there wasn't enough wins.But it take longer than two years to build a program.But to the powers that be, they saw it differently.
Bailey was the first black athletic director at OHS, but struggled through 1-9 and 2-8 seasons as the head football coach.
"My expectation this season was to play .500 football," Bailey said."I think when we lost those first two ball games, that took a lot out of the kids and it looked like we could never rebound after that."
"It has been tough physically and mentally the last couple of years," Bailey said."Bum Phillips once said there are only two kinds of coaches - those that are fired and those that are going to get fired.
"Me and my wife are going to talk and pray about it and see what happens after that," Bailey said about a possible return to coaching.
The losing trend did not begin with Bailey, as the last non losing season for the Opelousas High football team was in 1996 when the Tigers finished 6-6 in Larry Dauterive's last season at OHS.
"When you look back on the track record from Dauterive to my regime, it has been a revolving door," Bailey said."Coaches came and coaches went out.The program needs stability."
Bailey is most proud of the improvements made to the weight room, but admitted that the OHS athletic facilities need improvement.
"I came into the program with class and I will leave it with class," Bailey said.
Former Ferriday High head football coach ..., 21 June 2013 [cached]
Former Ferriday High head football coach Cordell Bailey assisted on Sunday, while his son Adrian was a camp instructor on Saturday.
"This brings back a lot of fond memories," Cordell said.
"We never had to tell our ..., 4 Oct 2012 [cached]
"We never had to tell our kids what to expect," said then Ferriday coach Cordell Bailey.
"I felt I got stronger as the game went along, but I credit Coach Bailey for that. If you slouched during the fourth quarter, you paid for it on Monday."
"People thought we threw, threw and threw the football then," Bailey said.
" I remember the bus was late picking us up for the Mansfield game and we got there late, which threw us all off," Bailey said.
The Opelousas Daily World, 8 Feb 2002 [cached]
In January 2002, Cordell Bailey was named the athletic director and head football coach at OHS.Bailey was the first black athletic director at OHS, but struggled through 1-9 and 2-8 seasons as the head football coach and resigned in Jan. 2004, opening the door for the new coach.
"Coach Bailey did a wonderful job in just a short time," Phyllis Fisher said of the OHS coach.
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