FOREST PARK — It’s been 19 years since the school had a winning season and despite improving in wins (3) the program is once again going for another coach.
This time, the school is pulling Gerren Griffin up from his assistant coaching position to take over. Forest Park undoubtedly has struggled in football since the last winning record of 7-3 in 2000.
“The decision was simple,” Griffin said about moving into the head coaching role. “I’ve been with the program for two years as an assistant. I was always hopeful this opportunity would present itself, it has, now I’m thankful. I found out on the 22nd of February. I was relieved the process was over. I was initially named interim head coach and held that role for two weeks. I’m happy to finally have both feet in the door and preparing for the 2019 football season with the football staff. None of this would be possible without the hard work of my fellow assistants.”
Martez Edwards, the former coach, pulled the program up to 3-7 and tied the 2002 record. Forest Park High School named Griffin as the new head football coach and have a good pipeline from Rex Mill Middle School as Griffin currently teaches health and physical education.
Forest Park will have to look for new playmakers as well this season as Justin Eboigbe graduated as well as a host of other seniors leaving the program with a young look for the new coach.
“I’m looking for the A-Backs to step up this year,” Griffin said. “It’s a trio of seniors. I’m hoping for a more physical style of play out of each of them.”
As far as expectations go, look no further than great attendance, be on time and show great effort.
“I know most of my superstar parents here at Forest Park,” Griffin said. “They played a huge part in me being promoted to this position. We are losing some talent so parents will have to step up.”