Parkview Baptist football coach Kenny Guillot resigned after 15 seasons Thursday, citing health concerns.
Guillot successfully battled a form of lymphoma during the previous offseason, but said that battle, coupled with the rigors of an intense football regimen, has left him drained. Guillot will remain at the school as its athletic director.
The Eagles won Class 3A state titles in 2001, 2007, 2010 and 2012 under Guillot and finished as runner-up in 2009.
“I have not rested. I told the team today I’ve just run out of gas,” Guillot said. “I’ve got to get another CAT scan in February and hopefully it’s clean. But if it’s not, I’m going to have to have another round chemo.
“I just don’t want to extend this. I don’t believe in interim coaches or leaves. I want to do what’s best for the program. And I want to stress I’m not in bad health. But I do want to enjoy life with my wife Sandy and the grandkids. I’ll still be around to watch the teams play.”
The Eagles finished 8-3 last fall, advancing to the Division II semifinals before losing to District 7-3A rival University High. Guillot compiled a 164-31 record at PBS and was 175-41 overall, which included a head coaching stint at another South Baton Rouge school, Woodlawn High.
Guillot said the school’s board is meeting this week to take steps toward naming a replacement.
“As a former PBS football player, this program has always been important to me,” PBS Superintendent Don Mayes said in a school news release. “I was aware of Kenny’s reputation before I came back to PBS as superintendent last January and was excited to be able to work with him as an administrator.
“Beyond wins and losses, his ‘old school’ approach to coaching has had an amazing impact on our football program and school overall.”
Guillot, a Shreveport native, was hired as head coach at PBS in 1999, but his roots in the area date to 1969 when he was hired as an assistant coach at Broadmoor High. He was an assistant coach at Tara for seven seasons, including 1974 when the Trojans won the Class 4A state title.
In the 1980s, Guillot moved on to the college ranks with stints as an assistant at Nicholls State and McNeese State. He was in private business from 1990-99. The school news release noted Guillot’s teams produced 50 college players and two NFL players. In addition, 21 of Guillot’s former players are now coaches.
“Competing against Kenny Guillot made me a better coach and mentor of young men,” Central coach Sid Edwards said. “I’ve coached at several places, but in my life and my career there’s nothing like the rivalry we had between Redemptorist and Parkview when I was at Redemptorist.
“I personally think he’s the very best at his craft. What he’s done is special. Sometimes I shut my eyes and wish I was on the field against him. Those Thursday nights were special.”
West Feliciana coach Robb Odom added, “I’m sorry to see him go. Our district is losing not just a good football coach, but a good man.”