Marcus Yanez has assumed the duties as head football coach at Richwood.

Moving swiftly to fill the vacancy created by the May 27 resignation of Robert Arvie, the Rams turned to Yanez, who spent the past two seasons as Ouachita’s defensive coordinator.

This is Yanez’s third head coaching position. He was head coach at Lake Providence (now General Trass) in 2012 and interim head coach at Bastrop in 2016.

“This is another opportunity for me to lead a football team, and I’m excited,” Yanez said. “The successes I have had as a head coach, and more so the failures, ultimately brought me to the position as head coach at Richwood.

With summer workouts underway, Yanez will have to hit the ground running.

“I had an opportunity to meet a couple of the guys (Wednesday),” Yanez said. “They seemed excited about having a head coach in place.

“The guys that were already on staff have done a good job of keeping it altogether.”

One of Yanez’s most pressing priorities is to hire an offensive coordinator, a position that was vacant at the time of Arvie’s resignation. Randy Peters was recently promoted to defensive coordinator following the retirement of Brad Morace.

Coming off of a 2017 state runner-up finish, the Rams struggled to a 2-8 mark last season. Inexperience and a shortage of linemen were two of the primary culprits in the downfall.

“We have a young football team — not a lot of seniors,” Yanez said. “Even though these guys are young, a lot of them have some varsity game time experience. I think there is a lot of potential here.”

Yanez was at Ouachita for two different stints, sandwiched around the 2016 season at Bastrop.

“This is a bittersweet day,” Yanez said. “I will always have love for Ouachita, but opportunities like this don’t come by very often, and I had to jump on it. While I am leaving the faculty, coaches and kids at Ouachita, this is the beginning of a new chapter for me.”

Moving ahead, Yanez says he is eager to get started at Richwood.

“Some bridges have to be mended,” Yanez said. “I am looking forward to earning the trust of the community as well as the faculty and staff, and having everybody working together with the common goal of benefiting our kids.”

Yanez says he welcomes the awaiting challenges.

“Richwood has a lot of tradition,” Yanez said. “People in this community really want Richwood to do well. That’s going to be my job — to get the ship back on course.”

Yanez began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Grambling State University.

He was hired as defensive coordinator at Jackson (which later merged with Clinton to form East Feliciana) in 2006, joining the staff of former LSU Tiger Solomon Lee, his former high school teammate.

Yanez spent the next four years at Bastrop prior to landing at Ouachita.

Yanez was a two-time Class 4A All-State linebacker and a second-team All-State punter at Bastrop. He signed with LSU and eventually transferred to Grambling where he completed his degree in marketing.

Marcus and Taneka Yanez are the parents of two daughters, Madison (13), Amelya (10) and a son, Marcus Jr. (7).

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