Livingston Collegiate Tabs Devon Francois As New Football Coach

by Hunter Bower // Owner

NEW ORLEANS — Former All-SWAC selection and Edna Karr alum Devon Francois has been named the new head football coach at Livingston Collegiate Academy.

The New Orleans native begins his first stint as a head coach after previously serving as an assistant on staffs at Southern Arkansas University, Jefferson Rise Middle School, St. Augustine and Booker T. Washington.

“I am extremely humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead Wolfpack Nation,” said Francois. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to focus my efforts on building a great program in New Orleans while strengthening and broadening our reach inside our school and community.”

Francois recently served as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Sophie B. Wright before accepting the job at Livingston.

Livingston Collegiate opted not to play varsity football in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is just two years removed from posting a 4-4 record in its first season of football. Francois will get the chance to put his own footprint on the Wolfpack program as it enters a fresh season.

“Our coaching staff will ensure the success of our student-athletes both on and off the field and within the community,” said Francois. “Both Coach (Yusef) Young and Principal (Evan) Stoudt are very supportive of the vision and direction I see the program moving in.”

Francois is no stranger to success on the gridiron and has guided teams he has either played for or coached with to multiple accolades.

“Coach Francois stood out in the hiring process because he was passionate and deeply knowledgeable what it takes to succeed in New Orleans,” said Livingston athletic director Yusef Young. “He has a history of hard work and his commitment to mentoring and guiding young men is unmatched.”

As a collegiate player at Alcorn State, Francois was named to the All-SWAC football team twice during his career. He was chosen as a first-team selection in 2014 after helping lead the Braves to a SWAC championship and a black college football national championship. He was also named to the second-team list in 2013.

His defensive prowess is what set him apart from others in college. He led the Braves in total tackles with 84 in 2014 along with a team-high five interceptions. He totaled a team-best 90 tackles in 2013.

Following his collegiate career, he played in a professional overseas football league for a few seasons before returning home to begin his coaching career.

In high school, Francois played an integral part in helping Edna Karr and his head coach Jabaar Juluke make a state championship game appearance for the first time in over a decade.

In other coaching news around the state, Tank Lotief was named the new head football coach at Breaux Bridge after previously serving in the same position at Kaplan.

A pair of Vermilion Catholic coordinators have left to take head coaching positions within the state. Cory Brodie will take over at Kaplan while Travis Blaize was chosen to lead Westminster Christian.

Elton High School replaced Donnie Bruchhaus with former St. Louis offensive coordinator Marcus Lejeune.

Jeff Fitzgerald stepped down as the head coach at Ouachita Parish while Vandebilt Catholic’s Lance Ledet also announced that he would be stepping away. The two schools are currently in search for a replacement.

Four-time defending state champion Lafayette Christian is still in search for a new head coach since the school parted ways with Jacarde Carter at the beginning of the year.

Interviews are still ongoing for many openings around the state including Madison, North Central, Northwood-Lena, Slaughter Charter and West St. Mary.

Below is a list of schools that have found or are currently searching for a new head football coach. A special thanks to Alex Newell for helping to compile the list.


SchoolFormer CoachNew Coach
AlbanyMike JanisDavid Knight, Albany DC
BogalusaAdam BrumfieldCyril Crutchfield, Broadmoor HC
Breaux BridgeChad PourciauTank Lotief, former Kaplan HC
BroadmoorCyril CrutchfieldJacobi Theirry, former North Central HC
Caldwell ParishBuster DuplisseyJimmy Sampson, Caldwell Parish DC
Catholic-BRGabe FertittaDavid Simoneaux, Catholic-PC HC
Catholic-PCDavid SimoneauxVinnie Bullara, Catholic-PC OC
C.E. ByrdMike SuggsStacey Ballew, C.E. Byrd DC
Cedar CreekShannon BrownMatt Middleton, West Ouachita HC
ComeauxDoug DotsonEric Holden, former St. John/Berwick HC
CrowleyJeptha WallKyron Benoit, Crowley DC
De La SalleRyan ManaleGraham Jarrott, Rummel OC
EltonDonnie BruchhausMarcus Lejeune, St. Louis OC
Green OaksTerrence Isaac, Sr.Chadwick Lewis, Port Allen OC
HigginsBrandon ThibodeauxClifford Harris, John Ehret AC
JesuitScott BairnsfatherRyan Manale, De La Salle HC
Kaplan Tank LotiefCory Brodie, Vermilion Catholic DC
Lafayette ChristianJacarde Carter
Livingston CollegiateBlake ThompsonDevon Francois, Sophie B. Wright DC
Madison ParishLandry Carter
McKinleyRichard OliverMalcolm Reed, St. Amant AC
North CentralOliver Thierry
NortheastDavid MastersonDevyn Baker, Liberty DC
NorthshoreJosh BuelleBobby Sanders, Northshore OC
Northwood-LenaJustin Webb
Ouachita ParishJeff Fitzgerald
Pearl RiverJoe HarrisMike LaBourdette, Pearl River DC
Pine PrairieDavid-Michael CarrellRichard Clark, Pine Prairie interim HC
PinevilleDarin MooreBryant Bell, Tioga DC
Pope John Paul IICharlie CryerPhilip Pigot, Biloxi (MS) DC
Sam HoustonChad PaulkChad Davis, Sam Houston OC
Slaughter CharterCraig Kuester
Sophie B. WrightDennis ChristopherKenneth Dorsey, B.T. Washington-NO AC
St. CharlesFrank MonicaWayne Stein, St. Charles DC
St. JohnEric HoldenCoby Minton, Central Catholic OC
St. MichaelJoey SanchezZach Lege, St. Michael OC
Vandebilt CatholicLance Ledet
VarnadoMilton GreenAdam Brumfield, Bogaulsa HC
Washington-MarionToriano WilliamsJules Sullen, former Hamilton Christian HC
West St. MaryClifton Amelin
Westminster ChristianPatrick ClarkstonTravis Blaize, Vermilion Catholic OC
Woodlawn-SHC.J. ByrdThedrick Harris, former Marshall, TX HC