Terence Williams to be new Redemptorist coach

Advocate file photo by  Mark SaltzTerence Williams will be the new Redemptorist football coach. He has coached at Donaldsonville the past four seasons.
Advocate file photo by Mark SaltzTerence Williams will be the new Redemptorist football coach. He has coached at Donaldsonville the past four seasons.

Hours after setting a Monday news conference to announce the school’s new head football coach, Redemptorist Principal Maribeth Andereck confirmed that Donaldsonville High’s Terence Williams has accepted the job.

Andereck responded to reports on social media saying, “OK, you got me, it is Terence Williams.”

Williams, a former Belaire High player, has been Donaldsonville’s head coach for the past four seasons. He was one of 40 applicants for the job and replaces Daniel Roane, who was not retained following the Class 2A Wolves’ 0-9 finish last fall.

“I think one of the things about him (Williams) that stood out was his experience,” Andereck said. “He’s coached in a variety of situations. He also has a Catholic background and is an excellent teacher. The fact that he wants the football program be a part of the school’s program and not a separate entity is also very important to us.”

Williams led Donaldsonville to the playoffs in classes 2A and 3A during his tenure.

Roane was the Wolves’ third coach in the two seasons since Guy Mistretta left after the 2010 season and moved to The Dunham School.

Aaron Vice coached Redemptorist to a 4-7 record in 2011 and is now a graduate assistant coach at LSU.

Craig Laborde, who coached at New Orleans-based Miller-McCoy and South Plaquemines, initially accepted the RHS job last spring but left to accept a head coaching job in Florida last summer without coaching a game. Roane was hired in mid-July.