For Weber “Cooter” Mansur going back to the future meant getting back into coaching full time. Now, just nine months after joining the Tara High staff as a teacher-assistant coach, Mansur has taken over as the Trojans football coach.
The 52-year-old Mansur spent 15 years in private business after serving as head coach at Bishop Sullivan, now St. Michael the Archangel, in the mid-1990s. He also was a nonfaculty coach at Redemptorist from 2005-09.
A 1979 Redemptorist graduate, Mansur played on two state champion basketball teams for the Wolves before earning All-Louisiana honors as a safety for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1982.
Mansur served as special teams coach and a consultant last fall for Class 4A Tara, which finished 3-6.
“I worked for two amazing companies when I was out of coaching, and I think the experiences I had gained there running offices in Baton Rouge and Jackson, Miss., will help,” Mansur said. “Going back to last fall, the whole community at Tara welcomed me.
“I enjoy teaching, but I really look forward to 2:20 p.m. each day when we (coaches) get to work with a great group of kids. Right now, we have 53 rising prospects who are going into grades 10-12.
“We’ll add maybe 20 to 30 freshmen in the fall. There are some other guys who are already there who can help us. Hopefully, some of them will join us.
“We’ve gone through seven days of spring practice so far, and we’re pleased with the progress we’ve made.”
Mansur said he made the decision to get back into coaching after discussing it with his wife, Myra, who is the athletic director at Episcopal.
“We talked about it, and Myra pointed out that all the kids are grown and have kids of their own,” Mansur said. “She told me I should do something I loved, and that’s when I started looking for a coaching job.”
Mansur said he recently met Tara’s incoming principal, Karen Triche, and is making plans for the 2013 season. He credits the THS booster club for its work thus far and notes his staff needs a defensive coordinator and a defensive backs coach.
Instead of ending its spring practice with a scrimmage against another school, Mansur said Tara will hold a red-and-gold scrimmage on Friday at the school.
Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Scrimmage action is set for 5 p.m.