by Hunter Bower, GeauxPreps.com 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.
|School||Former Coach||New Coach|
|Albany||Mike Janis||David Knight, Albany DC|
|Bogalusa||Adam Brumfield||Cyril Crutchfield, Broadmoor HC|
|Breaux Bridge||Chad Pourciau|
|Broadmoor||Cyril Crutchfield||Jacobi Theirry, former North Central HC|
|Catholic-BR||Gabe Fertitta||David Simoneaux, Catholic-PC HC|
|De La Salle||Ryan Manale||Graham Jarrott, Rummel OC|
|Green Oaks||Terrence Isaac, Sr.||Chadwick Lewis, Port Allen OC|
|Higgins||Brandon Thibodeaux||Clifford Harris, John Ehret AC|
|Jesuit||Scott Bairnsfather||Ryan Manale, De La Salle HC|
|Lafayette Christian||Jacarde Carter|
|Livingston Collegiate||Blake Thompson|
|McKinley||Richard Oliver||Malcolm Reed, St. Amant AC|
|Northeast||David Masterson||Devyn Baker, Liberty DC|
|Northshore||Josh Buelle||Bobby Sanders, Northshore OC|
|Pearl River||Joe Harris||Mike LaBourdette, Pearl River DC|
|Pine Prairie||David-Michael Carrell||Richard Clark, Pine Prairie interim HC|
|Pineville||Darin Moore||Bryant Bell, Tioga DC|
|Sam Houston||Chad Paulk||Chad Davis, Sam Houston OC|
|Slaughter Charter||Craig Kuester|
|Sophie B. Wright||Dennis Christopher||Kenneth Dorsey, B.T. Washington-NO AC|
|St. Charles||Frank Monica||Wayne Stein, St. Charles DC|
|St. John||Eric Holden||Coby Minton, Central Catholic OC|
|Varnado||Milton Green||Adam Brumfield, Bogaulsa HC|
|Washington-Marion||Toriano Williams||Jules Sullen, former Hamilton Christian HC|
|West St. Mary||Clifton Amelin|
|Woodlawn-SH||C.J. Byrd||Thedrick Harris, former Marshall, TX HC|