Whoever said you can never go home again doesn’t know Dwain Jenkins’ story.
Jenkins, who led St. James High to Class 3A runner-up finish last fall, is the new head football coach at Lutcher High.
The move to send Jenkins back to his alma mater was announced in a video posted on a St. James Parish School Board site Thursday morning. It comes almost two months after Lutcher beat St. James 41-14 to win the Class 3A title in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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“It’s been a whirlwind last 24 hours,” Jenkins said. “When I left Lutcher to go to St. James, I figured that part of my life was over and I went about building a program. After coach (Tim) Detillier announced his retirement, people talked about this possibility.
“It became real earlier this week. I had to take both the programs and communities out of the decision because they’re both great. What it came down to is what’s best for my family. I have three young children at home. Working four minutes from home and their school will give me a chance to speed more time with them.
“But I had conditions on this. I had to be able to tell my (St. James) kids and I wanted to make sure a new coach for St. James would be hired as soon as possible. It looks like both those things will happen.”
Jenkins was a quarterback for Detillier from 1993-96 and later became the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator while serving as an assistant coach from 2000-12. before becoming head coach at St. James in 2013. SJHS finished 11-4 last fall.
“All I wanted was the chance for one of my guys to succeed me,” said Detillier, who announced his retirement last month. “The transition will be smooth because he knows the program.”
Applications will accepted for the St. James job. Scotlandville coach Robert Valdez, a Lutcher resident who coached at nearby West St. John, is considered to top candidate along with others who recently applied for the Lutcher job.