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Abrams named Trojans’ head football coach

The Lamar County BOE has hired a head football coach and head basketball coach. Jamie Abrams, who was defensive coordinator under Franklin Stephens who abandoned Lamar for Ware County, will lead the football team. Prelvis Paster, who has been Griffin High’s boys’ basketball coach for the past several years, was named to the same position here. Both hires were approved by the BOE at its Tuesday night meeting. Paster was 117-134 in 10 seasons at Griffin. His 2004-2005 team went 22-8. He followed that year with two 17-win seasons but has not won more than half his games in one season since. Quote from Abrams: ”My family and I are extremely excited about the opportunity we have been given here at Lamar County. After a number of discussions and a lot of prayer, we came to the conclusion that Lamar County was a great fit for us. I would also like to thank Dr. Truby, Mr. Austin, Coach Scandrett, and the School Board for their faith in my ability to lead the football program.” Abrams bio from Ken K. Green: Coach Jamie Abrams will entering his 3rd season at Lamar County. A graduate of Rivercrest High School in Wilson, Arkansas, Abrams played defensive back collegiately at the University of Arkansas-Monticello for 3 years and Minnesota State University, Mankato for 1 year. He graduated from Minnesota State with a B.S. in Physical Education and later graduated from Jacksonville State University with both Masters and Education Specialists Degrees in Physical Education. Prior to coming to Lamar County, Abrams coached Defensive Backs at Dublin High School. He was also the Head Coach at Wadley High School in Wadley, AL where the Bulldogs went 5-6 in 2010 and the Defensive Coordinator at South Paulding High School in Douglasville. Other coaching stops include, East Paulding High School, Woodland High School (AL), and Minnesota State University. Coach Abrams and his wife Katie, who teaches at LCES and is head varsity cheerleader coac, have a 5 year old son, Jett and a 5 month old son, Drake. Quotes on hires from Dr. Bill Truby: I am very pleased to accept and pass along the recommendations for our two new head coaches. Jamie Abrams, our new head football coach, has shown himself to be a dedicated and highly committed educator, family man, and person of character. He is also committed to Lamar County as a resident. He did an exceptional job as Defensive Coordinator the past two years with us, as his stout defense came through time after time, especially in the second half of games during our run to the dome. He has been a successful coach in football and track in several systems before settling on Lamar County. His wife Katie is a great classroom teacher and a super sponsor of our varsity cheerleaders. They have 2 children. I am personally excited to see the enthusiasm that Coach Abrams has exhibited throughout the interview process — and his love for the Trojan Community. Coach Paster brings an excellent and rich history of basketball experience. His love for the game is only topped by his love for the youngsters that play it. One of the best qualities that he brings to Lamar County is the ability to coach football and round ball. Hopefully, this will encourage our fall athletes to get involved with the winter sport and vice-verse. In a small high school, having these programs complement one another can only enhance our chances for success in both. We are so very pleased that people from all over the state have expressed interest in our vacancies. But we truly believe that the best people for the jobs are now with us. I personally look forward to reading about their Region Championships and advancements in the state playoffs. And I certainly look forward to hearing of the number of kids going on to bigger and better educational and athletic opportunities. It’s a GREAT time to be a Lamar County Trojan!

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