Press "Enter" to skip to content

Coach Abrams says ‘thanks’

Editor’s note: Former Trojan head football coach Jamie Abrams penned this letter to the editor regarding his resignation: Dear Trojan Supporters: As I sat and typed out my letter of intent to vacate my position of head football coach at Lamar County High School, I knew the next thing I had to do was send out many thank you notes and acknowledgements of appreciation. There comes a time when any coach realizes he must allow someone else to move a program forward, and that time has come for me. As I try to put into words what I would love to say to each of you personally, I find that this may be a long message. I hope this will help you to understand my sincere gratitude for everything you have done for me in my tenure here at Lamar County. I have had the fortune to work for two outstanding superintendents, a great school board, and two exceptional principals. I cannot begin to tell each of you how much I appreciate the support you have given me. Your support meant more to me than you will ever know, and I thank you. In my first two years here I served as head track coach and was able to coach some very competitive athletes to Lamar County’s first State Championship. These are memories I will cherish forever. Being able to be the defensive coordinator for Coach Stephens, one of the state’s premier coaches, and going to the Dome will not be forgotten either. Having been given the job of head football coach for the past two years allowed me to keep working with some of the same students and athletes who I had been with the previous two years. Being able to reach the playoffs those two years helped to keep the dream alive of winning the school’s first state football championship. The players are what it is all about, and I thank each of you for your commitment to the program. I have always tried to coach the man I see you becoming, not the child of today. For that I will never be apologetic. Lamar County has been represented in the Elite Sophomore/ Junior Classic each year of its existence. Seeing six players further their playing career these last two years has been a blessing. We still have at least three players from this year’s team who may be going to play collegiately, but did not sign on signing day. Having been able to coach in the Rising Senior game and the Elite Classic game afforded me the opportunity to meet great coaches and discuss Lamar County’s players in order to get them a shot at playing in college. Helping athletes who dedicate themselves to making it to the next level is something I am proud of as a coach. Having walked on in college without much support from my coaches, I understand how important it is for a coach to go to bat for his players. For those of you who are furthering your education whether you are playing football or not, I encourage you one last time to get your degree. Again I have to thank the administration for allowing me to take time to go to the recruiting expos to deliver the highlight tapes and resumes of players who want to go to the next level. Please continue supporting the next coach and helping him work with the students to make sure their grades and test scores meet the standards that will allow them to realize their dreams of playing in college. The last two years, we have done a lot to cultivate the relationship between the high school program and the feeder programs. The team camps for the recreation department to allow them to be coached by the high school staff and players are a success. We have increased participation each year. The coaching clinics for the recreation coaches so that young athletes are being trained with the latest fundamentals and techniques to insure their safety and development have also grown in my tenure as head football coach. It is meaningful for the younger kids to get to know the players and be on the turf prior to their actual participation. Just as important is having the opportunity of getting to know the coaching staff at a young age. We have never gone without during the four years I have been in Lamar County and that wouldn’t be possible without the help of sponsors. To the sponsors who helped the program financially, I am extremely grateful and thankful that you opened your wallets and gave for my tenure as head track coach and for my tenure as head football coach. I can’t thank the sponsors enough and the Gridiron Club members who gave their time in the summers to garner these sponsorships. I would also like to extend a special thanks to the churches that fed our team and sent speakers on Fridays. To the faculty of Lamar, thank you for your support. Although I didn’t get to see and thank you on Mondays after the games, I knew that you were there supporting the kids and the coaching staff. To my staff that put in many hours in preparing for the next game, I thank you and will always hold you in a special place in my memories. I can’t omit our managers. These young people did an outstanding job during the week of practice and on Friday night. I must close, but I will say that you have a team to be proud of and those returning will have a shot at success next year. With hard work, dedication, and commitment the Trojans of 2016 will be in the victory circle again. I know that Coach Scandrett will work very quickly and diligently to get the person he needs for the job and to move the program forward. As for me, I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future. Also, if I have omitted anyone, forgive me it wasn’t intentional. Respectfully, Coach Jamie Abrams

Be First to Comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Website by - Copyright 2021