Parish prep coaches step down

TRYVE BRACKIN

A pair of winning high school football coaches from Iberville Parish’s public school system stepped down in recent days from their positions.

Bob Howell resigned earlier this week from his position as Plaquemine High football head coach and parish Athletic Director. He has accepted a position as offensive coordinator at Missouri Southern under new head coach Daryl Daye, who previously mentored at Nicholls State and in the NFL.

Howell took over a PHS program that was 0-10 the year prior and led the school to three-straight state playoff berths. The Green Devils had a five win season and two six victory campaigns, including recent runner-up honors in the District 6-4A under Howell.

The other parish football head coach to resign was White Castle High’s Ferrante Dominique. He told the POST SOUTH he felt he had accomplished as much as he could at WCHS and it was a time to move on. He was considering the possibility of opening a Christian school in the area, but told the POST SOUTH he might apply for the Plaquemine High position once he heard Howell was leaving.

Dominique led WCHS to the state 1-A football championship in 2010. The Bulldogs finished 12-3 overall and beat new defending state champ Ouachita Christian for the title. It was the first lberville Parish school system state football crown in modern times.

“If the opportunity comes up to coach elsewhere, I might consider it. I am interested in a challenge at this point in time. Plaquemine High returns a very good football team and program and that could be of interest to me. I might just apply for the job,” Dominique told the POST SOUTH Tuesday afternoon.

Currently, Dominique is staying on at WCHS in the school disciplinarian position and as a teacher. If he decides not to seek the PHS position or perhaps another coaching job, he says he is willing to work with a new WCHS head football coach as an assistant coach.