Dr. Don Coker took office as Superintendent of Ouachita Parish
Schools in July 2015. He became Director of Personnel/Director of Middle
Schools for the system in 2007. Prior to this appointment he served as
Principal of Calhoun Middle School for seventeen years, after having
taught and coached at high school level for ten years. Don is a graduate
of Louisiana Tech University where he earned his bachelor’s and
master’s degrees in Health and Physical Education, a master’s + 30 in
Administration and Supervision, and his Doctorate Degree in Educational
Dr. Coker has been recognized as the Ouachita Parish
and Region VIII Middle School Principal of the Year in 1996 and again in
2005. During his tenure with Ouachita Parish Schools, he has proven to
be a gifted educational leader with the well-being of faculty and
students—as well as the community—always in the forefront of his mind.
Don continues to facilitate a professional team approach to achieving
the mission and goals of the school system.
Dr. Coker is married
to his best friend and biggest supporter, Pat Richardson Coker. They
enjoy traveling and spending time with their family consisting of son
Matt with wife Angela and grandsons Caleb, Isaac, and Elijah; daughter
Meagan with husband Ryan and granddaughter Ella Grace; and son Mason
with wife Celeste. Don is a member of New Chapel Hill Baptist Church
where he serves as a Deacon and the Sunday School Director.