The opportunity to climb a rung on the career coaching ladder was a logical one for Kyle Seibold.
That it materialized at Acadiana High School, where Seibold’s spent the past four years, including being a part of back-to-back Class 5A state championships, made it even more appealing.
After 14 years spread across four different schools as a position coach, Seibold was rewarded for his time and effort when Acadiana coach Ted Davidson added the responsibility of defensive coordinator to Seibold’s job title along with his duties as secondary coach.
“Some of us have aspirations moving up to coordinator and one day a head coach’s position, and I’m not any different,” said Seibold, who prepped at North Vermilion and graduated from Louisiana-Lafayette. “This is an opportunity for me to move up and hopefully do a good job and just continue the things we’ve been doing.”
Seibold replaces Dawson Durbin, who resigned to become linebackers coach at Foley (Alabana) High School. Former South Plaquemines coach Cedric Figaro has taken on Durbin’s duties as linebacker coach, and Jordan Romero will coach the defensive line.
“He’s been in those staff meetings and helped (game) plan the last four years,” Davidson said of Seibold. “He’s been a big part of the defensive plan, and he’s added to it each week. He’s put in his time and I think it’s time to give him an opportunity to do it.”
Because of his familiarity with Durbin’s base 4-3 defense, the elevation of Seibold to defensive coordinator enables Acadiana to maintain a sense of continuity that should foster a greater sense of comfort for the returning players to the system.
Seibold said Acadiana returns four to five starters and several players who played significant roles from a unit that was pivotal in last year’s 23-7 victory over Destrehan in the state championship game.
“Coach Durbin’s been one of the best defensive coordinator’s in this area for a long time,” Seibold said. “It’s going to be difficult to step in and try and emulate exactly how he did things, because he was so successful.
“We’re not going to change much. The terminology’s going to be the same and 99 percent of the defense is going to be what he installed over the last few years.”
Seibold’s career has followed a distinct path of coaching for some of the area’s most successful and respected head coaches.
While completing work on his degree at UL-Lafayette, Seibold spent his first three years coaching on the offensive side of the ball for former Carencro’s coach Mac Barousse. He then moved to Crowley for two years to coach wide receivers and was the special team’s coordinator for Brent Indest.
Seibold spent four of the next five years coaching the secondary for Rick Hutson at New Iberia, getting his first taste of being the defensive coordinator for two years until joining Davidson’s staff in 2011 where he’s been a part of two of the school’s four state championships.
“The big thing I’ve learned from all the coaches I’ve been around is play great technique and the scheme will take care of itself,” Seibold said.
“You can draw stuff up all day but it’s about whether you can get your kids to play hard and we can teach them the right technique; be in the right spots and get them to make some plays. There’s no great secret.”