-Waylon Bates, Principal, Parkway High School.
This statement, released by Bossier Parish Schools Friday morning, officially drew to a close the tenure of David Feaster as head coach of the Parkway Panthers football team.
Bossier Parish Schools Superintendent, Scott Smith, said in a statement, "Coaches work at the pleasure of the principal and it was the decision of the administration to make a change in Parkway's football program."
After six years leading the Panthers, Feaster was told during a meeting Friday that his services as football coach were no longer needed. "It hurts a lot," Feaster said. "It hurts that my daughters don't have a place to go to homecoming... it hurts my son, Joey, who will be a senior, that he will be going to a school where some people hate his Dad. My two younger boys wanted to play for their Dad. So yeah... this hurts a lot."
"In Louisiana," Feaster said, "the principal runs the school---if he doesn't want me there, I don't want to be there. I don't like the fact I was fired as if I did something wrong. He (Mr. Bates) strongly encouraged me to find something else and go because he would prefer me to be out of the building." Despite losing his job as the head coach, Feaster retains his job as a math teacher at the school.
The news of Feaster's dismissal was first reported by Roy Lang III in the Shreveport Times. Feaster's ouster comes at the end of a tumultuous week that started with former star Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris announcing his intent to transfer from LSU after graduating in June and ended with Parkway having a vacancy in the head football coach's office.
Friday morning, Harris said from Baton Rouge, "I don't understand firing a guy who has won 80-90% of his games. How do you fire that guy?" In 2013, Harris was the starting quarterback on the Feaster-coached Parkway squad that reached the Class 5A state championship game, losing to Acadiana. "He's the coach that put Parkway on the map. Who do you replace him with? I'll put Coach Feaster against any coach in the (Shreveport-Bossier) area.. He took our team, that really wasn't that talented, to the championship game... we finished 14-1. I just don't understand it. I'm at a loss for words."
HOW WE GOT HERE
Feaster, a vocal supporter of Harris during the senior's three seasons as a Tiger, was quoted in an article in The Advocate Tuesday detailing Harris' decision to leave LSU after completing his coursework required for graduation in June:
"Harris' former high school coach at Parkway, David Feaster, has often aired his grievances about how Miles used Harris. In an interview with The Advocate less than two weeks ago, Feaster called the "treatment" of Harris "an issue" and said he's spoken to LSU's new staff about it.