Simoneaux Named Head Football Coach at Catholic-BR; Other Football Coaching News

by Hunter Bower, Owner

BATON ROUGE – David Simoneaux will step into one of the best coaching roles in Louisiana this fall as he was tabbed to take the reins of the Catholic of Baton Rouge football program.

The former Parkview Baptist standout will lead Catholic High School after spending six seasons at Catholic-Pointe Coupee where he led the Hornets to the 2019 Division IV title game and a 49-21 record. He was named the Class 1A Coach of the Year for his efforts in leading Catholic-PC to its first state championship game since the 1970’s.

“I’m honored and humbled to become a part of this incredible school community,” Simoneaux says. “I’m looking forward to honoring the tradition here and continuing to elevate the legacy of the school’s thriving football program.”

Simoneaux takes over for Gabe Fertitta, who took an assistant coaching job at the University of Louisville.

In recent coaching news from around the state, state championship coach Cyril Crutchfield was named the new head coach at Bogalusa just a few weeks ago, shortly after resigning from Broadmoor. Crutchfield has led several teams to state titles and has coached Super Bowl winning talent such as Leonard Fournette during his career.

Ryan Manale left De La Salle to take over as head coach at Jesuit. Manale led De La Salle to consecutive state title appearances during his last two seasons with the Cavaliers. Former Rummel OC Graham Jarrott was introduced as the new coach for De La Salle.

Jacobi Thierry takes over at North Central while former Bogalusa coach Adam Brumfield moves to Varnado. Chadwick Harris was named the head coach at Green Oaks while Coby Minton left Central Catholic for the St. John job.

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 Pourciau
BroadmoorCyril CrutchfieldJacobi Theirry, former North Central HC
Catholic-BRGabe FertittaDavid Simoneaux, Catholic-PC HC
Catholic-PCDavid Simoneaux
ComeauxDoug Dotson
CrowleyJeptha Wall
De La SalleRyan ManaleGraham Jarrott, Rummel OC
EltonDonnie Bruchhaus
Green OaksTerrence Isaac, Sr.Chadwick Lewis, Port Allen OC
HigginsBrandon ThibodeauxClifford Harris, John Ehret AC
JesuitScott BairnsfatherRyan Manale, De La Salle HC
Lafayette ChristianJacarde Carter
Livingston CollegiateBlake Thompson
McKinleyRichard OliverMalcolm Reed, St. Amant AC
NortheastDavid MastersonDevyn Baker, Liberty DC
NorthshoreJosh BuelleBobby Sanders, Northshore OC
Pearl RiverJoe HarrisMike LaBourdette, Pearl River DC
Pine PrairieDavid-Michael CarrellRichard Clark, Pine Prairie interim HC
PinevilleDarin MooreBryant Bell, Tioga 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
VarnadoMilton GreenAdam Brumfield, Bogaulsa HC
Washington-MarionToriano WilliamsJules Sullen, former Hamilton Christian HC
West St. MaryClifton Amelin
Woodlawn-SHC.J. ByrdThedrick Harris, former Marshall, TX HC