Photos: Acadiana football teams faced off Friday night _lowres

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Breaux Bridge football coach Paul Broussard

In trying to forecast his post-football coaching lifestyle Paul Broussard came to one startling realization.

“I have no hobbies,” said Broussard, who’s been married for 15 years. “I don’t play golf, and I don’t fish or hunt. I don’t do much. I will have to find something, so I don’t get bored.”

After 26 years of coaching, the past seven as head coach, Broussard will have plenty of leisure time on his hand after announcing his resignation Thursday as Breaux Bridge’s football coach and athletic director.

Broussard, a 1981 graduate of Breaux Bridge, where he played football, said he plans to remain at the school in a teaching capacity with no future plans on returning to coach.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking of for a year or so,” Broussard said. “I was getting kind of burned out. I felt this was a good time.”

Broussard said he informed the school’s Quarterback Club of his intentions and shared the news with his predecessor Mike Mowad on Wednesday and talked with the returning team Thursday afternoon.

“I can do whatever I want on Fridays,” Broussard quipped. “I can come sit on the track with coach Mowad and watch the games.”

Broussard has spent nearly three decades, including three as a nonfaculty coach, at the St. Martin Parish school.

Broussard finished his career with a 41-19 record, guiding the Tigers to a 5-5 finish and first-round appearance in the Class 4A state playoffs against Franklinton last season.

“I knew that was probably it after that game,” Broussard said. “It’s something where I tried to figure out the right time because you never know when the right time is.

“You never have the opportunity in another profession to deal with so many young people and try to do a good job helping their future. Hopefully the things they’ve learned are things they can use in the future.”

Breaux Bridge has been one of the Acadiana area’s most successful programs, first under Mowad and continuing with Broussard, a former defensive coordinator, at the helm.

Broussard doesn’t expect the fortunes of the program to change and attributed the timing of his decision to several factors that are in place for success.

Broussard said he wasn’t walking away from an empty cupboard, indicating Breaux Bridge returns a good nucleus of talent for the 2016 season.

Moreover, the school will embark on the construction of a new 7,000 square foot fieldhouse that will house new coaches’ offices, a locker room and a weight room to go along with an already functional football stadium.

“I was fortunate to take over the program when it was in good shape,” Broussard said. “I kind of wanted to leave the same thing for the next person. I felt it was a good time where the new coach could come in with a new facility and good group of players to go along with that.”

Tags