Ellender selects New Head Football Coach

Ellender Memorial High School has a new head football coach. 

Jesse Turner — who was previously the offensive coordinator — has been chosen for the position, Turner confirmed with the Times this afternoon.  

“It’s a humbling experience to know that the administration and staff believe in me to move the program in a different direction and get the program where it needs to be,” Turner said.  

He is replacing David McCormick, who stepped down from the position in December.  

Turner, who has been on the coaching staff for six years, graduated from Ellender in 2008. A talented running back, he went on to play football for Nicholls State University 

The new head coach said he wants to build more community support for the program and make it family oriented.  

I want these kids to start playing together, being one and a family. That’s something that we’re going to create,” Turner said. “We want the kids to enjoy their high school experience, and that’s something that we are going to be able to do through the program. 

The goal for next season is to put a better product on the fieldTurner said.  

We only went 2-8 last year. It’s tough to say we’ll go out there and win every game,” he said. “I’m not going to say that, but I’m definitely going to say that you’re going to see tougher, more sound football team on the field next year.”