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Burns takes over Enterprise football

Brooks Burns is back in Lincoln County and he hopes to remain here as a long-tenured football coach at Enterprise.  Burns has been named head football coach at Enterprise after four years as an assistant coach at McComb.

     Burns is the fifth head coach in four years at Enterprise. He replaces Casey Eubanks who coached the Yellow Jackets to a 1-10 record in 2011.

     “I am very excited about getting back in Lincoln County,” said Burns. “Enterprise has always been home and hopefully it always will be.”

     Burns, 39, is a 1992 Loyd Star graduate. He played football at Co-Lin. He played tight end and quarterback at Loyd Star for his father, Roe Burns.

     The younger Burns graduated from Southern Miss with a degree is coaching and sports administration. He obtained a Master’s degree from USM in sports administration in 1998.

     “I finished my Masters on Aug. 5, 1998, and I was teaching in a classroom in Meridian at Northwest Junior High, on Aug. 11,” Burns remembered.

     Burns served as an assistant coach at Northeast Jones from 2000-2004. He was head coach at West Lincoln from 2004-08, before going to McComb.

     At McComb in 2008, Burns worked on Randy Martin’s staff. He has worked for head coach Malcolm Jones the last three years as offensive coordinator at the Class 5A school.

     “It was a good learning experience for me,” said Burns.

     Enterprise principal Shannon Eubanks said Burns would be a welcome addition to his staff. He was looking forward to a long relationship.

     “Coach Burns is from our community and that’s a good thing,” said Eubanks. “Our football program needs consistency. The biggest thing our kids need is a coach who will be here a while. He can work with them from peewee football all the way through high school.”

     Burns agreed with his boss. “The stuff we do in high school we will repeat what we do in seventh and eighth grade, and in peewee.

     “Everything is so refined by the time you get to high school,” said Burns. “The kids will know the plays on offense and defense.”

     Asked about spring practice, Burns said he was aware that several athletes were members of Enterprise’s region champion baseball team that will be involved in the Class 2A state plahyoffs.

     “We haven’t decided on the practice dates,” said Burns. “We have a lot of players on the baseball team.”

     He plans to retain Will Pepper and Cass Brister on the football coaching staff.

     Burns is married to the former Kim Clark of Ellisville and they have three sons: Luke, 12, John, 10, and Matthew, 9. They are members of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.