Years of dedication, coaching, teaching and supporting paid off in a major way on Wednesday when the outgoing and progressive Blair was named as new head coach at Boyd Anderson.
After years of assisting so many others during his time on the sidelines after graduating from Tulane University (1995-98), a place that helped to shape his life, Blair gets a chance to run his own program, and what a program it is.
“I am really honored to be given such a tremendous opportunity,” said Blair. “But I have really groomed myself for this day. This is where I wanted to be from the time I started coaching.”
Blair takes over a team where the Cobras have had three head coaches now in the past three years. It’s a fragile program from the standpoint of stability, but certainly not talent where lineman Kamerin Davis, receiver Bruce Natson (Utah State commit) and Kansas University-bound Daniel Gray represent a quality team that also features top 10 state rated offensive lineman Sandley Jean Felix.
Beating Monsignor Pace in the spring with ease, this Boyd Anderson team may have just about every piece to the puzzle, but now with Blair, discipline and a certain direction will follow.
“We go in and talk to all the players, letting them know what we expect as a team from each and everyone of them,” Blair explained. “I want to get to know the young men in that program as well as bring the entire community back into supporting this school and football program. That essential!”
Blair coached at University School, learning so much from his close friend, Roger Harriott. On Wednesday, one of the most popular coaches on the staff greeted his former players. There were hugs and plenty of support.
“That is a great man Boyd Anderson is getting,” said Harriott. “Someone who knows that unique balance between athletics, academics and self discipline.”
Blair played one year (1999) in the Canadian Football League with Montreal.
In high school as a player at St. Thomas, Blair was named Southeast Region All-America selection by Blue Chip Illustrated as well as Preseason All-American by National Recruiting Advisor. He was also rated among top 30 outside linebackers in the south and came up with 134 tackles, six sacks, eight caused fumbles and 19 tackles for losses as a senior.
Boyd Anderson is trying to finalize a Kickoff Classic with power Glades Central.