Torri Dennis named new head football coach at McMain
When you are part of a program that has enjoyed great success, people will notice.
That is the case with Torri Dennis.
Having served on the staff of the Karr Cougars for the past six years, Dennis has been part of three state championships, including the last two in Class 4A.
Now, Dennis will try to build another program to a championship level.
Dennis has been named head coach at McMain, succeeding Kevin Roussell, who resigned as head coach after the 2017 season after nine years on the job. Roussell will continue to work in the school. McMain was 2-7 this past season. McMain last had a winning season in 2014, going 6-5, making the playoffs.
Dennis played at Karr, graduating in 2002. Dennis played quarterback for the Cougars from 1999-2001 under Don Wattigny and coached quarterbacks at Karr most recently. He served on the staffs of Jabbar Juluke, Nathaniel Jones and Brice Brown.
“It’s a great school with good academic standing,” Dennis said. “I found out about the opening in late November and inquired about it. I feel it is a good opportunity and you can win. It has a great location, a mile away from Harrell Playground. We feel we can bring a winning tradition from Karr to McMain with what we were able to establish there.”
The Mustangs compete in District 9-4A, a very tough league with Karr, Warren Easton, Helen Cox and Belle Chasse.
Dennis is confident but realistic about the timetable for success with the Mustangs.
“I feel we can become competitive pretty soon,” Dennis said. “It won’t happen right away. We need to build numbers and build a program. We will play hard and do things right. There were just 38 players total last year so it will take a little time to get it going.”
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