Former Philadelphia Eagle Cornerback,and LA Counselor is Retention Officer at CCC
CLARKSDALE – A former NFL cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles and veteran counselor to high-risk, inner-city- kids in Los Angeles is returning to his Mississippi Delta roots as Retention Officer at Coahoma Community College.
“When I was growing up in Leland and Elbert Foules played football nearby for the Greenville-Weston High School Hornets, he was THE single Hornet in the Big Eight Conference,” says Dr. Rosetta Howard, CCC vice president of academics.
Foules, who also excelled in baseball, graduated from Alcorn State University where he played football four years before his NFL career from 1983 to 1991 including a 1983-88 tenure with the Eagles.
In California, Foules sharpened his counseling skills and built up the confidence of problem kids and school dropouts while coaching at Slauson Learning Center and Los Angeles Unified.
Many students, he said, were from single-parent homes and were controlled by gangs until he convinced them to return to school.
“I told them: ‘ Your past is not your present, and does not dictate your future’” Foules says.”
Dr. Howard explains that Foules is filling a professional staff position at Coahoma.
“He will be counseling students to stay in school through graduation and assisting both the athletic and academic programs here,” she adds.
“We are very pleased to have him assist our athletes,” adds CCC athletic director and head football coach Freeman Horton at Tuesday’s administrative meeting.
Foules and his wife, who holds a master’s degree in nursing, are the parents of six children from ages 17 to 30 including one who is playing football this year at Mississippi Delta Community College.
The new retention officer say he’s looking forward to taking his life experiences as a counselor and coach and creating a passion in students to take advantage of their opportunities at CCC.