Tracking offseason Louisiana high school head football coaching changes
The 2020 football season ended a month ago in Natchitoches at the LHSAA Prep Classic, but there is still plenty of movement in the prep football world in Louisiana.
Over 20 programs have had head coaching openings since season’s end with almost half of those being filled. Three local schools have filled their openings and it proves that experience matters with the hires.
Hall of Famer Frank Monica announced his retirement after St. Charles Catholic’s run to another Division III championship game appearance. Longtime defensive coordinator Wayne Stein was promoted, and he will now pull double duty as head baseball coach for the Comets.
Sophie B. Wright filled its opening with Booker T. Washington assistant Kenneth Dorsey, who has experience as the interim head coach in 2019 at St. Augustine.
Michael LaBourdette ascends to the head role for a second stint at Pearl River after Joe Harris made the decision to retire.
Other New Orleans area schools with a head football vacancy:
Jesuit and Northshore are currently interviewing candidates and the position should be filled in the next two weeks.
Higgins is searching for its next head coach and the process is expected to be completed by the end of February.
Changes as of today with current vacancies around the state are updated below:
|SCHOOL||NEW COACH||PREVIOUS POSITION||PREVIOUS COACH|
|Woodlawn-Shreveport||Thedrick Harris||Marshall (TX) head coach||C.J. Byrd|
|Pineville||Bryant Bell||Tioga defensive coordinator||Darin Moore|
|Washington-Marion||Jules Sullen||McNeese State Director of Academic Services||Toriano Williams|
|St. Charles Catholic||Wayne Stein||St. Charles Catholic defensive coordinator||Frank Monica|
|Pearl River||Mike LaBourdette||Pearl River defensive coordinator||Joe Harris|
|Pine Prairie||Richard Clark||Pine Prairie interim head coach||David-Michael Carrell|
|Northeast||Devyn Baker||Liberty defensive coordinator||David Masterson|
|Sophie B. Wright||Kenneth Dorsey||Booker T. Washington (N.O.) assistant||Dennis Christopher|
|Sam Houston||Chad Davis||Sam Houston offensive coordinator||Chad Paulk|
|Jesuit||Scott Bairnsfather (Interim)|
|Higgins||Brandon Thibodeaux/Bryant Holmes (co-Interims)|
|Evangel||Denny Duron (Interim)|
|Slaughter Charter||Craig Kuester|
|Green Oaks||Terrence Isaac|
|St. John-Plaquemine||Eric Holden|
|Lafayette Christian||Jacarde Carter|
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Director, Louisiana High School Coaches Association
Eric Held is the Director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association (LHSCA) for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Eric has been a member of the LHSCA and the Louisiana Football Coaches Association (LFCA) since 1995, where he is a current board member. Prior to taking on the position with the state athletic association, Eric taught and coached for…