It didn’t take Cleothis Cummings long to learn his players as the new defensive coordinator at Delta Charter School.
That’s because Cummings’ daughter, Cloi, has been attending Delta Charter the last five years.
“I’ve watched these kids grow up,” Cummings said. “I’ve watched them mature and become exception young men and women. I’m excited about working with them and helping them become better athletes and students. I’m happy to be here. God places you where He wants you.”
DCS head coach Blake Wheeler is excited to have Cummings on board.
“Coach Cummings is a hard worker and we’re glad to have him here,” Wheeler said. “It’s great to have a veteran coach with ties to the area.”
Cummings taught at Finch Elementary in Centreville, Ms., last year. Two years ago, Cummings was driving for Delta Fuel. His last coaching job was in 2017 as an assistant coach at Tensas High School.
“I was helping Coach Wheeler line off the field last week for a 7-on-7 we had,” Cummings said. “And then we played later it was like I never left. It was a great experience being back out there.”
Cummings served as head football coach at Ferriday High from 2012-15. He served 10 years as an assistant coach at Ferriday prior to that.
Cummings got the call from Delta Charter principal Jimmy Comeaux and Wheeler to serve as an assistant coach.
He will also help with track, while teaching history and physical education.
“Coach Wheeler and I have developed a great relationship over the years and we have a genuine friendship,” Cummings said. “I am grateful to the Delta Charter board of directors
The Storm finished 2-9 last year, falling to Jonesboro-Hodge in the first round of the playoffs. DCS has to contend with Oak Grove, Delhi, Sicily Island and Ouachita Christian in district.
“There is a lot of potential here,” Cummings said. “We just need to get the kids to dial in to what we are trying to do to make this a successful program.”
aid he met with all the Vidalia High coaches and they all agreed