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Ginn gone from DWCS
, staff@fgazette.com
05-18-2017

After seven years leading

the program, Jerry Ginn
is leaving his position at
D’Arbonne Woods Charter
School.
Ginn said he was notified
earlier this month that his
contract was not being
renewed.
“There were no grievances,”
Ginn said. “They
said they want to go in a
new direction.”
Ginn came to the school
in 2011 to help organize the
athletic program. At the
time, the school only went
through the seventh grade
and added a class each
year until the Class of 2016
became the first to graduate
from the school.
After helping organize
the junior high athletics
program, DWCS added
first freshmen and then
junior varsity programs.
Beginning with the Class
of 2016, the school started
participating in the
Louisiana High School
Athletics Association.
During the first year of
LHSAA, participation, the
Timberwolves’ teams were
not eligible for postseason
play. With the start of
the current school year,
teams were eligible for the
playoffs, with football, boys
basketball, baseball and
softball each qualifying.
The football team fell
from the top half of the
power ratings bracket
in Week Seven of last
season after discovering
two ineligible players had
competed in three of the
teams four wins to that
point of the season. They
were eliminated in the first
round of the playoffs, as was
the boys’ basketball team.
The baseball team won
its first ever playoff game
before being eliminated in
the regional round.
The softball team won
its first two games in the
playoffs, advancing to the
Allstate/Sugar Bowl State
Softball Tournament in
Sulphur where they were
eliminated by eventual
Class A champion LaSalle.
Ginn’s spot isn’t the only
opening on the school’s
athletics staff. The school’s
website also shows an
opening for both the
boys and girls basketball
coaching positions. Those
positions were held last year
by Antarian Griffin and
Hilary Morris, respectively.
Also open is the position
of head football coach
Brian Fine, who led the
Timberwolves a 7-13 mark
over two seasons in LHSAA
competition.
Ginn’s career started
in 1993 at Farmerville
High School, where he
was on Fine’s staff when
the Farmers won the Class
2A football championship
in 2001. One year later,
both Ginn and Fine went
to West Ouachita, where
Ginn stayed until 2009,
when he went to Marion
High School as the dean of
student affairs. When the
school closed the following
year, Ginn returned to
Farmerville, where he
also served as the dean of
student affairs for a year
before joining the faculty
at DWCS.
Ginn, who is hoping
to find a position in
Union Parish, said he
is appreciative of the
opportunity he enjoyed at
DWCS.
“It was great getting
the chance to lay the
foundation for what has
become a successful
athletic program,” Ginn
said. “I’m thankful for the
support we enjoyed and will
enjoy the relationships we
built there for many years
to come.”



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