Shiver era begins at St. Ed’s
A Blue Jay has returned to the nest.
James Shiver has been named the athletic director and head football coach at St. Edmund.
Shiver, 42, is the 16th head football coach for St. Ed’s, replacing Andy Hargroder (23-11) who helped lead the Blue Jays to two consecutive district titles in his three seasons at the helm.
Shiver is a member of the SEH Class of 1994 and wants the Blue Jay pride to continue in every sport
“I knew the heart of a Blue Jay,” Shiver said. ”I know the will to win is there.”
Shiver was a wide receiver for three years (1995 – 97) at UL Lafayette under the leadership of the late Nelson Stokley and Jerry Baldwin.
“Coach Louie Cook was my offensive coordinator when I was in college,” Shiver said. “He is an awesome coach who had a great influence on me and one of the main reasons I decided to go into coaching.
After college, he played two seasons (1988-99) with the Louisiana Bayou Beast, an indoor football league team under the direction of head coach Buford Jordan.
Shiver was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2004, with the Lake Charles Landsharks one of the top teams in the NIFL.
He was the head Coach for the Montgomery Maulers in their 2005 inaugural season.
Shiver returned to Louisiana in 2006 to be an assistant football coach and head softball coach at Sacred Heart of Ville Platte under the late Dutton Wall.
He moved to Pine Prairie High where he was the offensive coordinator for the Panthers from 2008 to 2010 while Brian Deville was the head coach.
Shiver served as head coach and athletic director at Pine Prairie from 2010 to 2012.
“I became very humble at Pine Prairie,” Shiver said. “We had just a successful season at Sacred Heart as we had advanced to the third round of the playoffs,
“I get to Pine Prairie and we went 0-10 the first season,” he said. “We were excited for the little wins along the way – they all became super accomplishments.”
He returned to Sacred Heart and was an assistant football coach and was head of strength and conditioning for the Trojans from 2012-14 under head coach Bassett.
Shiver named Mamou High’s offensive coordinator in 2017 and helped the Green Demons win a game in the first time in four seasons.
He also coached twice at Ville Platte High including this past spring training before being hired to take over the St. Edmund program.
Shiver played for Donnie Bozeman and Howard McCarty while a Blue Jay football player.
As the Blue Jay athletic director, Shiver said he wants all sports to be successful.
“We have some of the best facilities in Class 1-A, including a super nice gym as well as first class baseball and softball stadiums.
“I was us to be the best at everything we do,” he said. “If I play tic-tac-toe, I want to win.”
Shiver said his football staff will include former Northwest High coaches Kevin Manuel and Bo Ritter along with present Blue Jay coaches Mike Yachera and Cade LeBlanc.
“I like what see in the football team,” Shiver said. “They are learning a new offense and defense.
“I want to see the guys compete, fight through adversity and never give up.”
St. Edmund changing districts for the next two seasons and Shiver is excited about the upcoming football season.
“I have seen these teams before,” Shiver said of the Blue Jays competing in District 5-1A against Opelousas Catholic, North Central, Sacred Heart, Westminster and Catholic High of Pointe Coupee.
“We know those teams so we have an idea what to do against them.”