Larry Dolan is returning to Forrest County Agricultural High School.
“It was one of those moments in life where you get an opportunity that you feel like is the right thing for several personal reasons,” Dolan said. “Just being back home is big for me. I never moved after I left back in 2013. We still live in Forrest County. When this came open this time, and I was contacted by Forrest County AHS it just felt right.”
Dolan’s hiring comes after the Aggies finished the 2021 season with a winless 0-10 record, which led to previous head coach Brad Calcote stepping down. Calcote will remain as the school’s athletic director.
“He was excited to come home,” FCAHS principal Will Wheat said. “I think he was ready to come home and see what he can do at FCAHS again. He’s excited to take the program over and getting it back on track, if you will.”
“It was a perfect scenario for him to take over. He’s had outstanding success here in the past. He’s got great connections to the school still. He’s a graduate of FCAHS. It’s where he went to high school. I think his love for this school runs deep, and not only for the school but for the people and all the little communities that make up FCAHS.”
Dolan was previously head coach at FCAHS from 2000 to 2013, where he compiled 113-51 record and led the Aggies to the Class 4A state title in 2013. Dolan also graduated from FCAHS in 1983 and began working at the school in 1990.
Dolan had spent the last three seasons at D’Iberville where he posted a 29-6 record. This past year, Dolan led the Warriors to a 10-2 record.
“I drive by the school every day coming to D’Iberville,” Dolan said. “I felt like that I had been down here long enough to fill the obligation that I had. It didn’t feel like I was leaving then high and dry. The timing was right. It’s just a pleasure to be wanted and to go back home.
“At every stop, I have been blessed to be around good people. Kids are kids, and kids like to be a part of something successful and something bigger than them; hopefully, we can create that atmosphere back in the program.”
After his first stint with the Aggies, Dolan became head coach at Colombia Academy for two years (2014-2015) and then spent two seasons at Pearl River Central (2016-2017). Dolan also spent one season as Oak Grove’s defensive coordinator, which resulted in the Warriors reaching the 6A state championship game.
“We have all the confidence in the world for him to turn this program around,” Wheat said. “He left it with a state championship. We know that he is a hard worker and is not going cower down to a challenge.”
For Dolan, he looks forward to getting started again at FCAHS and helping bring the program back to how he left.
“It’s one of those things where I don’t know what I can fix until I get there,” Dolan said. “I’m just going to go in and evaluate and see where we are and just do what I have always done and hopefully have some good coaches to help me. I don’t think kids have changed that much.
“I know the kind of kids we have at Forrest County. We will not be huge, but we will have a bunch of guys fly around that will hit you. One of those things that we will have to get going again is the numbers. That’s what made us as good as we were. Everybody wanted to be a part of it.”