Ascension Episcopal School Athletic Director Eric Mouton was hoping for a seamless transition for his burgeoning football program.
Not only did Mouton match the bloodline of the school’s previous coach, he got the same DNA as well.
Less than a month after Michael Desormeaux parted ways after developing AES into a district-championship caliber program that reached new heights in 2015, the school turned to his younger brother Matthew to become head coach to maintain the Blue Gators’ current ascent.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Matthew Desormeaux said. “I know what kind of guys we have and how hard they work. I know what the future holds and the possibilities we have.”
Michael Desormeaux, who spent three years at the school and guided AES to a program-record 11 wins and Division IV state semifinal appearance, resigned March 20 to become wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Louisiana-Lafayette.
“We didn’t want to maybe take a step back by having someone come in and put in a new system, change schemes and maybe take a couple of years for the kids to get used to,” Mouton said. “Mike did such a good job of laying the foundation and coach Matt will be able to build on it.”
The departure of his older brother was bittersweet for Matthew, who also played at Louisiana-Lafayette where he was primarily utilized as an H-back and tight end.
“It was tough losing him because he’s such a great coach, but at the same time I was happy for him,” Matthew said. “I knew what an opportunity it was for him to move on to be a Division I coach, which I knew was a goal of his. There are only so many of those opportunities for high school coaches.”
Matthew Desormeaux spent three years coaching at his high school alma mater, Catholic-New Iberia, before joining Mike at AES. The Blue Gators evolved from a winless team the year before their arrival to a team that won 13 games over the next two years and won a share of the District 7-1A title and went 9-1 during the regular season in 2015.
The Blue Gators, who won their initial playoff game in 2015, advanced to the Division IV semifinals before falling in a home game to St. Mary’s.
“We’re still using the same system,” Matthew said. “We were very multiple in the past. It will be a little different, and we were planning on that before Mike moved on. You have to adapt to personnel a bit.”
The majority of Matthew Desormeaux’s coaching duties at AES centered with his work with the offensive line. He also coached the defensive line for a year and outside linebackers for two more.
Moreover, Matthew Desormeaux’s also been AES’s special teams coordinator and as the school’s powerlifting coach, helped the boys to a recent Division V state championship.
“I’m stepping into someone’s footsteps who took the team to the semifinals the year before,” Matthew said. “It’s definitely a possibility to repeat if not go further this year, but we have a lot of work to do. I’m excited about it. The sky’s the limit.”