Live Oak High School announced the resignation of football coach Barry “Tut” Musemeche in a news release Tuesday.
The announcement was made after a meeting between Musemeche, who spent three years at the Livingston Parish School, and school officials, LOHS Principal Tracy McRae and Athletic Director Jason Cooper.
Musemeche compiled a 13-18 record during his tenure at Live Oak, leading the school to its only playoff berth as a Class 5A school in 2012. The Eagles of District 4-5A finished 4-6 last fall.
“I enjoyed my time at Live Oak High,” Musemeche said in the news release. “I appreciate Mrs. McRae for the opportunity given to me and am thankful for the efforts of our players and coaches.
“They had a couple of two-win seasons before I came, and we made the 5A playoffs and had a few other near misses the last three years. The program has made significant positive strides and next year should be even better. I’m looking forward to finding the best fit for me.”
Live Oak is one of two Livingston-based 5A schools seeking head football coaches. Walker previously announced that Dwayne Severio was not retained following an 0-10 mark in 2014 and a two-year record of 2-18.
Before coming to LOHS, Musemeche had successful stints at two private schools, St. Michael the Archangel and St. John-Plaquemine, earning All-Metro Coach of the Year honors at each school.
Musemeche was selected as The Advocate’s All-Metro Coach of the Year for Class 5A-4A in 2003 and garnered the same honor for Class 3A-1A in 2009 as the head coach at St. John. He was also voted the District 4-5A Coach of the Year in 2012.
“Tut Musemeche has been a dedicated and hardworking football coach who came to Live Oak High with a proven record of success,” McRae said in the news release. “We appreciate the efforts he made with our football program.
Live Oak will accept applications for its football job until Dec. 10. Résumés should be submitted to Cooper at Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastbay picks Rathcke
University High eighth-grader Dylan Rathcke, an offensive and defensive lineman, has been selected to play in the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl. The game is set for Naples, Fla., later this month.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Rathcke helped U-High’s eighth-grade team compile a 6-1 record.
Rathcke will receive his game jersey during a ceremony set for 11:50 a.m. Wednesday at U-High.
Defensive MVP Justin Flannery and Coach of the Year Darren Gremillion lead a Louisiana School for the Deaf contingent that received Mason-Dixon All-Conference honors in football.
Running back Michael James, defensive lineman Shedrick Reed and offensive lineman D.D. Huey were other players selected for the deaf schools honor squad. Huey is the lone player from Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired who played for LSD this fall. James is set to represent the War Eagles in the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl on Dec. 20.