Vandebilt Catholic hires Lance Ledet as head football coach
Lance Ledet is going home, in a sense.
Ledet is departing his position of defensive coordinator at Brother Martin to accept the position of head football coach at Vandebilt Catholic.
A graduate of E.D. White Catholic, Ledet returns to bayou country. Ledet has been at Brother Martin in his position of defensive coordinator since 2016, serving for the past three years under Mark Bonis. Ledet coached previously at Brother Martin from 1998-99 before serving as defensive coordinator at Destrehan from 2000-03 and from 2012-15. In between, Ledet was in Houston coaching at St. Pius X.
Ledet replaces Jeremy Atwell, who was dismissed as head coach in January after spending five years with the Terriers. Atwell was 29-26, including 5-6 this past season. Vandebilt Catholic lost 42-7 to De La Salle in the opening round of the Division II state playoffs.
“It is a tremendous loss for us and a tremendous gain for Vandebilt Catholic,” Bonis said. “He’s a tremendous coach and a tremendous person. We will miss him. He is like family. We are happy for him and the opportunity.”
Ledet was somewhat surprised that the opportunity presented itself in Thibodaux.
“My family is from Thibodaux and my in-laws are from Thibodaux,” Ledet said. “This is a very good opportunity. I knew Coach Atwell previously. When they made a change, I had no intention of contacting him but they asked Ryan Gallagher permission to speak with me. They contacted me pretty quickly. I met with them that week. Mr. Jeremy Gueldner (principal) and Mr. David Boudreaux (president) were great, a pleasure to meet with.
Ledet was immediately impressed with what he saw.
“I like what I heard,” Ledet said. “I like their vision for the school. I know a lot about the school for many years with my background at E.D. White Catholic and competing with them. It is a Brothers of the Sacred Heart School like Brother Martin. I know what they are about. It was a tough decision. It was a family decision. I wasn’t job hunting. It just kind of happened. I love Brother Martin and I thank Greg Rando, Ryan Gallagher and Mark Bonis for what they have done for me.
After a turbulent year and season which was overshadowed by the transfer of Andrew Robison from Vandebilt Catholic to Hahnville and the subsequent accusations of Robison against Vandebilt and Atwell, including a lawsuit which has been filed against both for defamation of character, does Ledet feel he can quickly right the ship with the Terriers?
“I feel you can be successful at Vandebilt Catholic,” Ledet said. “I would not have taken the job. We will have to hang on to the fine traditions Vandebilt has and change some things and put our mark on the situation. We’ll get going in a few years and win some games.”
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