Catholic head football coach Gabe Fertitta to leave for position at University of Louisville

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BATON ROUGE, LA – Catholic High School announces the departure of Head Football Coach Gabe Fertitta upon his acceptance of a position with the University of Louisville football staff for the 2021 college football season. Principal Lisa Harvey expressed her appreciation for Fertitta and all he has done to advance the football program at CHS.

“Not only has Coach Fertitta brought unprecedented success, but more importantly, his focus on the mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart as the cornerstone of the program allowed our student athletes to grow in faith and character,” Harvey says. “He has been an excellent role model and he will be missed. I wish him continued success in his new role.”

Fertitta fondly recalled his tenure at Catholic High School.

“While our family is extremely excited about this new chapter, I am certainly sad to leave a place that has become part of our DNA. I will always remember the determination and toughness I learned from my good friend Bob “Cur Dog” Cade and will carry this strength with me as a take on my new role with the University of Louisville. I have served alongside the Brothers of the Sacred Heart for 13 years, and I am eternally grateful for them and the impact they had on changing my life. The CHS Family – President Gene Tullier, Mrs. Lisa Harvey, Athletic Director J.P. Kelly, and the wonderful faculty and staff – will always hold a dear place in my heart,” Fertitta says. “To our players, know that you will always be part of my family. I cannot thank the young men of this team enough for putting their bodies ‘on the line’ for our program over the last 7 years. I will tune in every Friday night to watch the Bears claw and scratch for 4 quarters x 12 minutes.”

Fertitta, who became the CHS head football coach in 2017, led the football program to two state championships and two state-runners up titles. He has a 59-25 overall record as a high school head coach, including a 43-8 record in four seasons at Catholic.

CHS Athletic Director J.P. Kelly called Fertitta’s departure bittersweet.

“Obviously, we love having Gabe as our head coach and we are very proud of what he accomplished in his time here. We are thrilled that he has been presented with this tremendous opportunity to further his coaching career and we wish him the best,” Kelly says. “While we face the end of an era, we are also optimistic about the future of our football program. We are excited about our continued success that will come with our next hire.”

Catholic High School will begin accepting resumes for the position of head football coach immediately. Interested candidates should email their resume to CHS Athletic Director J.P. Kelly ( within the next two weeks. School administrators will contact qualified candidates to schedule interviews shortly after. For more information, contact CHS Director of Communications Ashley Davies at

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