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Friday, December 29, 2006

Former Green Oaks coach Gerald Kimble looking good

It was good to see former Green Oaks High School head coach Gerald Kimble at Bossier High on Wednesday at the Doc Edwards tournament.

I doubt there's a bigger sports fan in the area. "If they're bouncing a basketball, I'm there," Kimble said.

And at 66, Kimble looks like he could step on a football field right now and resume coaching.

For those who don't remember, Kimble turned perennial doormat into a power in the late 70s and 80s. He also coached at Southern University for three years.

Kimble's teams and Captain Shreve had some epic battles back in the day. And Kimble was one of the most entertaining coaches to watch. He was very demonstrative, roaming the sideline in his floppy hat.

It was great to see Kimble get a state championship a few years back at Southern Lab in Baton Rouge before he called it quits.

Kimble related an amusing story as we were watching the Southwood-Northwood girls game.

He said when he coached at Southern U, he and then LSU coach Mike Archer used to meet the media at Baton Rouge establishment. One day as they were about to meet the media and a reporter walked in and said to Archer, 'Hey, coach, did you know you were fired?'

Kimble said that's how Archer find out he got the ax.


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