Times are changing for the Laurence Manning Academy football program.
Robbie Briggs announced at the end of January he would be stepping down at the end of this academic year. LMA has hired Lamar High School offensive coordinator and offensive …
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Robbie Briggs announced at the end of January he would be stepping down at the end of this academic year. LMA has hired Lamar High School offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Austin Floyd to replace him.
"I will be stepping down as the head football coach at Laurence Manning Academy at the end of this current school year and shift my attention fully to our family business (an insurance company), my three children, and doing things with my family during the fall that I have not been able to do for the past 23 years," Briggs said in an e-mail. "I feel like we have made a lot of progress in the program over the last six seasons and look forward to its continued success. Without the overwhelming support of the board, parents, and school administration we would not have been able to accomplish the things that we did the last six years."
Briggs recorded a 50-24 record while at LMA, had five semifinal appearances and two state final appearances. Before coaching at LMA, Briggs was the head coach at Manning High, his alma mater. He posted a 103-45 record at Manning, giving him an overall record of 153-69.
LMA athletic director Ben Herod and headmaster Tripp Boykin had nothing but praise for Briggs and what he's done for LMA.
"He's a first-class guy," Herod said. "You're not gonna find a whole lot of people better than him. In my six years as his AD, I had a great experience and enjoyed being around him."
"He was a tremendous asset," Boykin said of Briggs. "It's evident the work he did here. He built a new program upon which Floyd can build upon. We look forward to Coach Briggs's continued support of the LMA family."
Floyd is also appreciative of what Briggs has done for him so far.
"He's helped me in any way possible to make this a smooth transition," Floyd said. "He's organized."
Boykin is excited for Floyd to start coaching at LMA.
"He's from this area; he and his wife (Whitney) are part of the community," he said. "He has discipline and knowledge of the game. He's a strong man of faith and will continue to develop young men. He invests in them not just on the ball field, but in the classroom. He's a relational coach, (which is) a big asset as well; we look forward to him being here.
"They're (he and his wife) are excited and we're excited," Boykin said. "He's eager to get started. He'll be a key part of our faculty; he's a strong leader in the classroom and on the field."
Floyd will be teaching in the social studies department at LMA. Floyd currently teaches at Lamar and is also the school's baseball coach in addition to being the OC and OL coach for football.
Floyd thinks LMA is a great fit for him.
"It's exciting; (LMA is) full of tradition," he said. "LMA is competitive and wants to be competitive. They put student-athletes first and do things the way they're supposed to be done. LMA was willing to change things for (me). There will be a learning curve, but the program is in a good place.
"We're in a position to be successful," Boykin said. "It's a good situation; I can step in a position to where I have the support I need to get it done. That was very attractive."
Floyd can't wait to be a Swampcat.
"I wanna be at LMA every day," he said. "I teach at Lamar and coach baseball, but once baseball's done, we'll have spring football at LMA and get rolling into the summer. I look forward to get(ting) started."
Floyd wants to develop is players into better people, not just football players.
"(You have to do the) things the Lord starts asking you to do," he said. "If (my players) are not growing up and becoming productive men and good fathers, then it's pointless. Everything I did in college (helped me) to get here. I'm going to bust my tail; I'm beyond excited and I look forward to being at LMA and doing the best job I know how."
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