Ensminger lands Cedar Creek job

Former Louisiana Tech quarterback and Ruston High School quarterbacks coach Steven Ensminger, Jr. has been named the new head football coach and athletics director at Cedar Creek High School.

Ensminger’s name has been mentioned by the Lincoln Parish Journal in numerous coaching search stories about the opening, following the resignation of Matt Middleton who took the OC job at Southern Arkansas.

The Lincoln Parish Journal mentioned another former Louisiana Tech quarterback in Gene Johnson. However, the LPJ learned that Johnson pulled his name from consideration earlier this week.

Ruston High head coach Jerrod Baugh feels Ensminger is ready for his first head coaching job.

“I think obviously he’s a good football coach,” said Baugh. “It did not take them long to realize that after visiting him a couple of times. His dad has been around a lot of great schools, and he’s had a lot of opportunities to learn about football organizations. He benefitted from his time here and was a big part of our success while he was here.

“It is his first head coaching job so there is always a lot to learn. As much as you feel like you are prepared, there’s nothing like learning on the job. He’s as prepared as he can be. This is always something that he was wanted to do. He developed some good relationships with the kids and the coaches here. It was tough on him to make the decision. But he’s got to make the best decision for him and his career.”

The school released the news this morning via email to the parents and school staff: “Cedar Creek School is excited to announce the hiring of Steven Ensminger, Jr. as our new head football coach and athletic director, effective immediately. Steven has been the quarterback coach at Ruston High School this past year.”

Ensminger prepped at West Monroe High School and Opelika (Ala.) High School. He led the Rebels to the 2005 state title as a senior, while earning all-state honors. He originally signed with Auburn before transferring to Louisiana Tech in 2007.

He served as the quarterbacks coach for the Bearcats this past season, helping lead the program to the Class 5A state quarterfinals. He also coached at Assumption (2020), Patterson High School (2012), and Convenant Christian (2011-12).

From 2012 to 2020, Ensminger worked in the corporate world.

Ensminger comes from a football coaching family as his father, Steve, has been in the collegiate coaching world for decades.

Cedar Creek returns the nucleus of last year’s 6-4 team that earned a spot in the Division IV playoffs.


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