Reggie Rogers named head football coach at John Ehret

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You can remove the Interim tag from Reggie Rogers at John Ehret.

Rogers has been named the new head coach at John Ehret, replacing Marcus Scott, who recently left to accept the head coaching position at Destrehan.

“My time here has been awesome thus far,” Rogers said. “I’m a Jefferson Parish guy and have always been here. I am proud of the parish, the system and I plan on being here as long as they will have me. I am excited to be in the position.”

Rogers feels privileged to be taking over an established program.

“It’s not broken,” Rogers said. “The program is set. Everything has been intact. Coach Billy North, Coach Corey Lambert, Coach Del Lee Collins and Coach Marcus Scott did a good job of building it and keeping the program going in the right direction. We have been a consistent program. Now, we just want to provide it with consistency in coaching for years.”

Rogers loves the administration for which he will be working.

“We have a good new principal in Mr. Glenn Delcarpio and we have a good athletic director in Sheena Smith,” Rogers said. “We have a very good situation. I’m a West Bank resident. This fits well. Sheena has been great. She is good for the kids and always wants to make sure we have everything we need to be successful.”

Smith was a big supporter of promoting Rogers.

“The main thing was that Reggie had head coaching experience in Jefferson Parish and District 8-5A,” Smith said. “That was very appealing. He has been on our staff for the last four years so he knows our school and our program extremely well, having worked with three head coaches here. He coached running backs and served as assistant head coach. The kids, our coaches and our administration really like him. He is a good fit for us.”

Rogers becomes the fourth head coach in five seasons, following Lambert, Collins and Scott.

Rogers, who played football at Bonnabel and Nicholls State, served as the head coach at Bonnabel for six seasons from 2011-16, posting a 17-41 record at a school where winning has been very difficult.

Winning is prevalent at John Ehret, where the Patriots have won a pair of state championships and most recently played for a state title under Lambert in 2015.

The Patriots have been a dominating force in District 8-5A, making the playoffs again a year ago as the district champion. The only interruption of district dominance was when Landry-Walker was part of the district.

“I learned so much playing under Mike Villemarette and Rick Gaille at Bonnabel and learned from my coaching experiences at Bonnabel and Helen Cox, as well as here at Ehret,” Rogers said. “I feel well prepared for the task at hand.”

Rogers also previously served as offensive coordinator at Helen Cox under Willie Brooks, who is now the new head coach at West Jefferson.

North served 23 years at John Ehret, winning seven district championships and taking the Patriots to the semifinals three times. Ehret won the Class 4A state title in 1981 under Jesse Daigle and won the 4A state championship in 1985 under Ray St. Pierre. Lambert succeeded North and was the Patriots head coach for five seasons.

“We have a good coaching staff here and good kids with a very good principal,” Smith said. “We feel everything is in place to be successful. We have had good coaches in recent years but we believe Reggie will provide stability and continue to make us proud of our football program. We are proud to have him.”

Now, it is simply a matter of when players and coaches can once again congregate on campus and begin preparing for the 2020 season.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Rogers said.

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