New White Castle head football coach Aaron Meyer fully expected to take a position as an assistant coach for White Castle High in 2017. During Meyer’s transition, former Bulldog coach Lamar Thomas was released and Meyer jumped at the opportunity to take the reins.
Though he may be young, Meyer is all too familiar with coaching in prep gridiron. Meyer played high school ball at John Curtis before playing four years as an offensive lineman at UCLA. After his 2008 graduation, Meyer decided to get in the coaching game.
“I knew I wanted to coach and teach so I got back into school and got certified,” Meyer said. “I’ve been teaching Social Studies ever since and got back into coaching.”
Meyer returned to his home state of Louisiana and took a position as offensive line coach at neighboring Donaldsonville High from 2009-11. He then served as an offensive coordinator at Morgan City in 2012 and moved to a higher classification at St. James, where he served as offensive line coach from 2013-14.
Meyer’s team advanced to the Thanksgiving week of the LHSAA playoffs both seasons, but lost to the eventual champs each year.
The following year, Meyer gained experience coaching the other side of the ball as defensive coordinator at South Plaquemine in 2015. During his time there, his team won their district championship.
In 2016, Meyer moved to District 3-4A where he served as special teams coach and offensive coordinator at Washington Marion.
Aaron hopes his experiences in all three phases of the game will lead White Castle to a successful playoff run in 2017, but he is also familiar with the challenges of 1A football.
“Every senior is hard to replace on a team like White Castle,” Meyer said. “If I lose three players, that’s like Plaquemine losing ten, but we are here to win a championship and to play in the second week of December.”
The Bulldogs will be losing big guys like Ja’Tyre Carter, Columbus Willis and Quinton Sanders, but Meyer hopes to fill the void with current White Castle talent.
“This is a great place,” he said. “The kids are a decent bunch of people you would want to be around. It all points to the direction that I can build something great here.
“I haven’t had the luck of getting on that carpet yet, but hopefully that changes this year.”
With a new face on the coaching staff also comes a new game plan. Meyer will look to improve the special teams as he sees punting the ball as an extra offensive down, and will teach his team to fight for extra possessions.
Defensively, he will run a 3-4 defense with a cover 2 look. On offensive, he will focus on the run game with a spread look and Wing T principles. As of now, the quarterback position is open.
“Not to downplay Jeremy (Richard) for all he’s done, but I just got here,” Meyer said. “I can’t say he’s not the guy and I can’t say somebody else is the guy. I will look for the best player that can lead the team, learn the offense and understand the game plan mentally.”
Meyer will opt out of the traditional spring training schedule and work an extra week in the fall due to some athletes participating in other spring sports. He plans to use the long months of summer to participate in passing leagues and develop his 2017 athletes.