Oliver “Cricket” Crockett was recently hired to teach and coach at Plaquemine High after retiring as athletic director and head football coach at St. John High.
Crockett was recently hired as assistant football coach and assistant softball coach. He will coach tight ends, half backs and help coach the offensive line for PHS. He will also join Hunter Markins’ softball squad next spring.
“I’m excited to be a part of this program,” Crockett said. “What Paul (Distefano) and his staff have going on is exciting and I’m just ready to be a part of it. Football and softball are by far my favorite two sports to coach.”
Crockett says he is also excited about remaining a coach in Iberville Parish. He is no stranger to the Plaquemine Green Devil field.
“Staying in Iberville is very important to me,” he said. “I’ve met some great people and made lots of friends here as well. Plaquemine is a really great place and I look forward to being a member of this community for many years.”
Though Crockett and Plaquemine head football coach Paul Distefano have coached across the field from one another on several occasions, this will be the first time the two have coached together.
“Crockett and I have developed a relationship the last few years when St. John began using Green Devil field again,” Distefano said on Crockett’s hiring. “I’ve got a lot of respect for what he did at St. John.
“He brings a wealth of knowledge coming over as a former head coach. He is a great guy and handles the kids real well and has a real upbeat attitude. It is a very favorable situation that our coaches have ties in Plaquemine and know the community.”
Crockett still has ties to St. John for a while longer as he supports his daughter Margo through the rest of her high school career at St. John.
“I want to stress how much I loved my time at St. John and how excited I am to be at Plaquemine High,” Crockett said.