New Football Coaches

We would like to announce the hiring of two new football coaches at Red River High School. “Not every day do you get to hire a great coach, teacher, mentor, and man but with the hiring of these new coaches we were able to do just that”, stated Mr. Dickey, Principal, RRHS.

James Thurman who previously served as Head Football Coach at Plain Dealing High School for the past 5 years will be a Co-Coordinator and Head Track Coach. He has over 20 years of coaching experience with 15 years as a Head Coach or Offensive Coordinator.

Coach Thurman says, “I have always viewed Red River as a contender year in and year out. With so many people within the school system being dedicated to making Red River a state powerhouse in all sports, there was no better time than now to jump on board and become a Bulldog. I am extremely excited and cannot wait to get to work.”

Coach Bachman, Head Football Coach, RRHS, “Both of these men are not only great coaches, but they are great men of character as well.”

Idaibi Ogbanga comes to Red River after spending the past 4 years at Peabody High School where he was the Defensive Coordinator for football, Head Softball Coach and Dean of Students. Coach Ogbanga also works as a counselor for at risk teens in his spare time. He has been coaching football for the past 6 years. He played football at Grambling State University. He will assist with football and soccer.

Coach Ogbanga stated, “I’m just blessed and thankful to have this opportunity to come to this great program. We have a great group of coaches who have plenty of experience. I’m just ready to hit the ground running.”

“We are extremely excited for both of these gentlemen to join our coaching staff and faculty. They both bring a wealth of knowledge and a compassion for mentoring students. We set a goal to recruit high caliber coaches and teachers to Red River Parish and believe both of these guys will make an immediate impact on our school,” stated Norman Picou, Athletic Director/Assistant Principal.


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