Lafayette High names new football coach, William Poole, with 'a vision for the program' _lowres

Advocate staff file photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Lafayette High running back Trevin Kelly (31) celebrates with teammates Briahn Aguillard (77) and Ben Bertrand (71) after scoring a touchdown against Cecilia in a high school football game Friday, October 2, 2015, at LHS in Lafayette, La.

Lafayette High School has hired William Poole as its new football coach, the school’s athletic director Karl Broussard said.

Poole, 35, accepted the position on Friday and met with returning players on Monday.

“He just did a great job in the interview,” Broussard said. “I like him a lot.”

Broussard said he was part of a five-member committee that interviewed eight candidates and ultimately recommended Poole, who will become a head coach for the first time, to Lafayette High principal Dr. Patrick Leonard Sr.

“He obviously knows football, both sides of the football,” Broussard said. “He has worked with all kinds of kids and gets along with them. It was just his presence and poise. He definitely has a vision for the program.”

Poole replaces Jay Domengeaux, who resigned Dec. 21 after five seasons in which he went 17-33, including 3-7 in 2015.

Poole, a graduate of Delta State, spent 10 years coaching in Desoto (Ms.) County High Schools, first at Class 6A power Olive Branch where he was the defensive coordinator, and also at Horn Lake High.

Poole has most recently been at Briarcrest High in Memphis where he was the defensive coordinator.

Poole and his wife Kristi, a native of Ville Platte, have two children.