GOHS’ Williams placed on administrative leave

Less than a week after Glen Oaks High claimed its biggest football victory of the season, head coach Landry Williams has been placed on administrative leave.

GOHS Principal Clinton Sampson confirmed in a Thursday email that Williams is on administrative leave and that assistant coach Donald Clark has been named the interim head coach.

The Panthers (3-3, 1-0) host 10th-ranked Parkview Baptist (4-3, 2-0) for a pivotal District 6-3A game set for 7 p.m. Friday at Louisiana Leadership Institute’s Doug Williams Stadium.

GOHS is in its first year in Class 3A after dropping from 4A. The Panthers edged West Feliciana 21-20 last week to put themselves in the middle of the 6-3A league race.

Sampson referred other questions about Williams’ status to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System office. Attempts by The Advocate to reach Williams by phone on Thursday were unsuccessful. EBR School System spokesman Chris Trahan provided the following statement, “Landry Williams is not coaching there (at Glen Oaks) at this time. No decision has been made on his return.”

Williams, a 1990 GOHS graduate, is in his third season as head coach at his alma mater. In 2009, he led the Panthers to a 7-4 record and a share of the District 7-4A title.

After the 2009 season, Williams was selected as The Advocate’s All-Metro Coach of the Year for Class 5A-4A. It was the first winning season for Glen Oaks since 2004. Last season, the Panthers finished 4-6 and did not make the playoffs.

A former all-state receiver for the Panthers, Williams went on to become a top wide receiver for Southern University and was the MVP of the 1993 Bayou Classic.

Williams previously served as head coach at Scotlandville High and Pointe Coupee Central. He recorded back-to-back 6-4 finishes at Scotlandville. He was 2-8 in his only season at PCC before the school was taken over by the State Recovery School District.

Williams has also served as an assistant coach at McKinley, Clinton and East Iberville.

This marks the second time Clark has been named an interim coach at an EBR school. He served as interim coach at Scotlandville in 2009 and also served as interim coach at Lee High before becoming head coach at Lee in the years before that school closed.