Coaches Corner

Don Shows - Head Coach
Jerry Arledge - Defensive Coordinator
Glenn Hunt - Offensive Coordinator
Casey Sanders - Strength and Conditioning

Position Coaches:     Defensive     Offensive
 

 

  Don Shows

Coach Shows has been the Head Coach of the West Monroe High School Rebels since spring of 1989.  Before coming to West Monroe Coach Shows honed his skills as head coach at Jonesboro Hodge High School.  He led the Tigers of JHHS to the state championship game in 1977, playing the last game at the old Tulane Stadium against John Curtis.  He also coached at Pineville High School.  In 1985, Coach Shows was a Grad Assistant at NLU where he coached linebackers.  In 1988, he helped lead Northwestern State University to a conference championship where he was Offensive Line Coach.

Since coming to WM,  Coach Shows has lead the Rebels to 16 District Championships, 6 State Championships, 5 State Runner-ups, 2 National Championships, and has coached several Division 1 College players, including several National Champions at LSU!  

 

Ole Rebels:  Where did you grow up?

Coach Shows:  I grew up in Ruston, LA.  I went to Ruston High School and graduated in 1958.  I played for legendary coach Hoss Garrett.  We ran the Notre Dame Box.  I played tailback which is essentially the same as a QB in the “gun.”  I also ran track and played baseball.  I won 4 state championships in track.    

OR:  What was your favorite sport as a child?

Coach Shows:    I actually liked baseball and basketball the best.

OR:  Where did you go to college?

Coach Shows:  I attended La Tech from 1958-63 and graduated with a degree in Education.  I am certified to teach Science, Biology, and H & PE.

OR:  What’s your favorite TV shows?

Coach Shows:   I watch NCIS and The Closer.  She’s good!

OR: What’s your favorite ice cream?

Coach Shows:   Blue Bell Black Walnut

OR: Tell me about your family.

Coach Shows:  I am married to the former Dawn Ducote from Alexandria.  I have 4 children: Stephanie, Kim, Casey, and Haley

OR: What are your Hobbies outside of football?

Coach Shows:  I love to hunt and fish!  If it swims, runs, flies, or crawls, I’m after it!

OR: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Coach Shows:  I hope to be alive!!!!!!  (laughing)  I would like to be sitting in a deer stand or duck blind or teeing it up!

OR: What is your favorite Rebel moment?

Coach Shows:  I really enjoy watching other sports besides football doing well.  Loved seeing our teams playing and winning championships in basketball, softball, and baseball.  Seeing the track team improve.  Another thing I’m proud of is seeing our facilities improve.  We went from the worst to the best!  And there is a lot more to be done. 

My favorite football moment was when we were playing Shaw for the championship in 1997.  We were facing 4th and goal, down 19-14  with about a minute and a half left in the game, and Rodney Reed made a great adjustment on his block, Lane LaBorde made the right read, and Willis Britton followed Reed into the end zone for the win!  Beating Carencro in the 1996 state championship was incredible!  (Editors note:  WM was picked to finish last in District 2-5A that year.  They went undefeated in district for the first time).  And beating St. Aug. 1993 was awesome because no one thought we could but we proved a lot of people wrong that day!!!!!!

 

Coach Jerry Arledge has been West Monroe’s Defensive Coordinator since 1993, his first year with the Rebels. He has long been considered the top defensive coordinator in Louisiana as well as the nation. 

Ole Rebels: Where did you grow up? 
Jerry Arledge: I grew up in Oil City, LA. I attended North Caddo HS from 1956-60.
Ole Rebels: What was your favorite sport as a child?
Jerry Arledge: Football!
Ole Rebels: Where did you go to college?
Jerry Arledge: I attended LA Tech beginning in the fall of 1960 and graduated in the spring of 1964. I graduated in Health and Physical Education with a minor in biology. I played LB and OG because in those days we played both ways. Played with Mickey Slaughter, an All American Wide Receiver who also was one of the best offensive coordinator I ever went against.                                                                                  
Ole Rebels: What about your Pro Football Career?
Jerry Arledge: Didn’t have one.
Ole Rebels: What’s your favorite TV shows?
Jerry Arledge: I enjoy anything sports related (ESPN). I also like “The History Channel” and “The Discovery Channel.”
Ole Rebels: What’s your favorite ice cream?
Jerry Arledge: Vanilla
Ole Rebels: Tell me about your family.
Jerry Arledge: I married my childhood sweetheart, Sally right after high school. I have 4 children: Sara Blackwell, William, Libby, and, Rob. They have given me eight grandchildren.
Ole Rebels: What are your Hobbies outside of football?
Jerry Arledge: I use to hunt and fish some. Now I spend most of my time with my whole family.
Ole Rebels: What do you do in the offseason?
Jerry Arledge:  Always getting ready for next season…spending time with team that will be coming in the next year; trying to turn the incoming freshman into strong football players.
Ole Rebels: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Jerry Arledge:  I would like to still be productive in life. I would like to travel some and will probably continue building house.
Ole Rebels: Besides state championship games, what is your favorite Rebel moments?
Jerry Arledge: One of the things that drew me to coaching at West Monroe was the opportunity to coach Rob his senior year and eventually winning the state championship. No one believed we could win the state championship except for the coaches and the players. There was a picture of a crane eating a frog and the frog was holding on for dear life with his hands around the cranes throat. And the caption said, “Don’t Ever Give Up.” That was the motto of the 1993 team. We beat Destrehan 28-21. The quarterfinal game in 1993 was against Carencro, the defending state championship and all everything Kevin Faulk. We beat them when no one believed we could. We beat them 27-20. Then beating St. Aug 34-33 in Semifinals really stands out. Beating Catholic in 1996 when they had Major Applewhite and Travis Minor, the USA Today player of the year. Beating Midland Lee out of Texas when they had Cedric Benson. All the hype surrounding Texas high school football intrigued everyone. We dominated them, 36-8. And of course being able to coach my grandson, Will Blackwell and winning the 2005 state championship, beating Acadiana, 28-7. Those memories really stand out to me.

 

  Glenn Hunt 

Coach Glenn Hunt has been on the West Monroe’s coaching staff since 2000. He was offensive line coach starting in 2000 through the 2008 season. He was recently promoted to offensive coordinator at the beginning of the 2009 season.

Ole Rebels: Where did you grow up? 
Coach Hunt:  I grew up in Duncanville, TX and attended Duncanville HS. Graduated in 1987.
Ole Rebels:  Where did you go to college?                                                                                                                 
Coach Hunt:   I went to LA Tech School between  87-91. Played offensive line along side Saints and future NFL Hall of Famer Willie Roaf. I made first team all-state my senior year and second team All Independent.
Ole Rebels:  What about your Pro Football Career?
Coach Hunt:  I played one year with the Houston Oilers in 1992.
Ole Rebels:  What’s your favorite TV show?
Coach Hunt: 24
Ole Rebels:  What’s your favorite ice cream?       
Coach Hunt:  Pralines and Cream
Ole Rebels: Tell me about your family.
Coach Hunt:  I’ve been married 11 years to Laura and have a  7 year old girl, Sadi.
Ole Rebels: What are your Hobbies outside of football?
Coach Hunt:  I love golf and  watching LSU athletics.
Ole Rebels: What do you do in the offseason?
Coach Hunt:  There is no off season! (laughing)
Ole Rebels:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Coach Hunt:  Hopefully right here at West Monroe High School!
Ole Rebels:  Besides state championship games, what is your favorite Rebel moment?
Coach Hunt:  This past Friday night against Neville, the comeback win versus Moss Point in 2000 and after the 3 losses in a row in 2002, getting on a roll and ended up in the state championship game that year!

 

 Casey Sanders 

Coach Sanders has been coaching at West Monroe since 1989.  He is the Strength and Conditioning coach and is recognized as one of the best Strength coaches in the Nation.  In 2000, Coach Sanders was named Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the NSCA.  When he began his career at West Monroe he instituted an Ironman Competition to give an incentive for the athletes to maintain strength and speed during the offseason.  Events include:  Vertical Jump, Rebel Leg Test, Pro Shuttle, Squat, Bench Press, Power Clean, Medicine Ball Pass, 40 Yard Dash, Rebel Shuttle, and Medicine Ball Relay.  Some notable winners are Tommy Banks, Jason Ledoux, Corey Brazil, Luke Sanders (3 consecutive years), and Frank Goodin.

Ole Rebels:  Where did you grow up?

Coach Sanders:  I grew up right here in West Monroe.  I graduated in 1980.

Ole Rebels:  What was your favorite sport as a child?

Coach Sanders:   I loved football and power lifting.

Ole Rebels:  Where did you go to college?

Coach Sanders: I attended La Tech between 1981 and 1983.  I was on the Power Lifting team.  I transferred to NLU in 1983.  That gave me the opportunity to work with Al Miller and Barry Rubin.  I graduated with a degree in H&PE in 1984.

Ole Rebels:  What’s your favorite TV shows?

Coach Sanders  I enjoy watching college football and I am a big Chicago Cubs fan!

Ole Rebels:  What’s your favorite ice cream?          

Coach Sanders:  I have no favorite.

Ole Rebels: Tell me about your family.

Coach Sanders:  I am married to Sharon.  She is the Vice Principal at George Welch Elementary.  I have 4 kids, three which have played for the Rebels.  Case (2000 State Champion), Luke (2000 State Champion and National Champ at LSU), Rick (hopeful 2009 State Champ and current Mr. WMHS), and Nick (future Rebel) who is a 7th grader at Good Hope Middle School.

Ole Rebels: What are your Hobbies outside of football?

Coach Sanders:  I love to jog, walk, and listen to audio books.

Ole Rebels:  What do you do in the offseason?

Coach Sanders: There is no offseason.  Ironman starts in the late spring and there are different phases of working out, getting ready for the next season.

Ole Rebels: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Coach Sanders: It’s difficult enough seeing down the road one year from now let alone 10 years.  (Laughing)

Ole Rebels:   Besides state championship games, what is your favorite Rebel moment?

Coach Sanders:  Beating St. Aug in 1993 and beating Baton Rouge Catholic in 1996.  Also watching 3 of my sons play here at WM! 

 







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