When he moved to Delcambre as defensive coordinator two years ago, Marc Broussard had that feeling again.
During a coaching career that’s spanned just over two decades, Broussard has coached in community-based schools as well as larger public schools.
As a former tight end and place-kicker in the rural town of Buras in Plaquemines Parish, Broussard knew the feeling of what it was like to play and later coach where small-town America revolved around its high school and Friday nights were a rite of passage.
It didn’t take Broussard long to identify that characteristic in Delcambre, a small shrimping community of more than 2,000 people, where the 22-year coaching veteran is now in charge of the Panthers football program and athletic department.
Broussard succeeds Darcy Delcambre, who retired after 29 years at the school, the last 13 as head football coach and athletic director.
“When I got to Delcambre, I was able to see the community and the fans I felt at home with and loved the place,” Broussard said.
“It actually reminds me of where I grew up. I think it’s a good opportunity in a great community with great kids. I’m looking forward to this next phase of my coaching career.”
With the exception of a two-year stint at Boothville-Venice, Broussard has spent the majority of his career coaching in the Acadiana area at five schools after his graduation from Louisiana-Lafayette.
“Coach Darcy’s done a great job of establishing the program at Delcambre,” Broussard said. “No one person can fill his shoes. It’s going to take several people. We each understand we’re going to have to do our job, step up and do what he’s done.”
Before he can look forward to a Sept. 4 home opener with rival Erath, Broussard said he will be charged with improving the team’s roster which featured 26 players on a team that went 4-7, losing 28-6 to Vinton in the first round of the playoffs.
Broussard said that 11 of those players were seniors and of the anticipated 15 players returning one has since left the program.
That will leave the summer to grow the team’s numbers in an effort to be competitive in one of the state’s toughest Class 2A districts that features state runner-up Catholic-New Iberia and welcomes Notre Dame of Crowley.
“We need to build an interest starting at the junior high and working those guys into the program where we can build our numbers to be able to compete week in and week out in our district,” said Broussard, who was also a head coach at St. Martinville for four years.
Because of the coaching transition, Delcambre wasn’t able to conduct spring practice, placing a greater emphasis on the summer, when Broussard plans to begin the team’s offseason weight lifting and conditioning program Monday. He also plans to install a Wing-T offense he learned under Brent Indest when they coached together during a run to the Class 5A state title game at Carencro.
“I really got into it and learned the ins and out of the offense,” Broussard said. “It’s a system that I’m very comfortable with and comfortable teaching to the kids.”
Broussard said he plans to continue being involved with the defense and splitting duties with assistants Lance Euchaski and Roderick Morgan.
“It’s been very positive; it’s been very humbling,” Broussard said of the player’s response. “They’re great kids. I wasn’t looking to become a head coach, but after working with these kids the last two years it re-energized me, and I look forward to working with them.”