St. John has a new head football coach.
But Mike Dugan is not new to the Plaquemine-based Class 1A school.
The 47-year-old Dugan, who took over as head coach last month, was an assistant at the school in the mid-1990s and again in 2006-07. He was part of the SJHS staff when the Eagles finished as the 1A runners-up in 1998 and 2006.
Dugan said Erik Willis, the former St. John coach who is now head coach at Brusly High, told him about the St. John opening.
Since Dugan’s most recent stint at St. John, he became a veterinarian, practicing in the Houma area.
“I was at a transition point in my career,” Dugan said. “Erik asked if I was interested in becoming a head football coach. He told me about the St. John job and I applied.
“I know the school, but I didn’t know the players. We had 33 guys out in the spring. We had our first practice without a wide receiver.
“Now we have the running backs alternate. Hopefully, we’ll get some other guys to come out.”
Dugan played high school football at Jesuit-New Orleans. He was a defensive back at Nicholls State from 1984-86.
Vincent DeRouen was
informed that he will no longer be the head football coach
at Northside-Lafayette, according to The (Lafayette) Advertiser.
Northside is going through a reconstitution process, forcing all faculty and staff to re-apply for jobs.
DeRouen, a former Southern University football player, spent 10 seasons as head coach at Northside and had worked at the school since 1993. His 2004 NHS team, led by former LSU running back Kieland Williams ,finished as the Class 4A runner-up to John Curtis.
JHS hires Johnson
Former New Iberia Senior High and Grambling State player Ananias Johnson is the new head football coach at Jeanerette High, according
to The (New Iberia) Daily Iberian.
Johnson, a former JHS assistant, spent several years in the college ranks, working most recently at Arkansas Baptist College.
The previous Jeanerette coach, Terry Lewis, resigned in May, citing health concerns.