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