Our newest school spotlight is covering St. Stanislaus Catholic High School out of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The Rock-A-Chaws are coming off of a successful season where they advanced to the second round of the 3A High School Playoffs. They are currently going through a head coaching transition with Head Coach Tim Lala taking over the reigns of the program. St. Stanislaus has around 16 positions filled with returning starters and have some talented younger players who are hungry to fill in the vacant roles on the team.
New Head Coach Tim Lala started out coaching at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge before moving over to St. Stanislaus as the Defensive Coordinator when they reached the State Championship game in 2014. He then moved over to Catholic of Pointe Couppe in New Roads, Louisiana. Eventually taking on a Defensive Coordinator position at Dutchtown High School, he then met his wife and moved over to coaching in Daphne, Alabama for 1 year as a Defensive Coordinator. He would then go over to Pascagoula High School and continue his coaching up until his current position at St. Stanislaus.
What is your coaching philosophy?
“For me football is only a small part of the equation for my players. I use it as a vehicle to develop them into strong young adults. We have six core values Family, Integrity, Invest, Excellence, Passion, and Grit. I want to build our players into the humans that god intended them to be.”
The Rock-A-Chaw staff is just coming into completion, and on offense they will be running the ball first. Controlling the trenches utilizing an RPO game style. They know it all comes down to personnel and dictating tempo. Defensively they will be running a hybrid 4-2-5/4-3 set. They also want to build from the front stopping the run first, while being strong in coverage and instilling discipline.
A class of 2024 player to look out for is Offensive and Defensive lineman Jacob Bradford. Jacob has offers from Colorado, LA Tech, and Yale. His older brother was coached by Lala in 2014 when he was in his first stint with St. Stanislaus. Jacob is a monster on the line who gets off extremely quick and just has a great nose for the football.
Spencer Cornell is another playmaker from the 2024 class. He predominantly plays Linebacker, but will also get some reps on the Offensive Line and at Tight End. He improved tremendously throughout last season by really honing in on his instinctual part of the game.
Ethan Galloway is a class of 2024 WR who loves to give defenses problems. He is a blow the top off kind of player, but also runs clean and crisp routes. He is the kind of player who is always trying to perfect his craft and learn as much as he can, he should be in store for a big senior season.
And finally we have a class of 2025 Offensive and Defensive Lineman in Andrew Whitney who is the prototypical lineman. He really earned the respect of his team last season with his will to win and in they way he was willing to sacrifice his body. He will have a major opportunity to move into a big leadership role in this upcoming season.