Those who were expecting Woodlawn to announce who its new football coach must wait just a little longer, said WHS Athletic Director Elmo Fernandez.
“We’re in the process of interviewing candidates now,” Fernandez said. “I think we’ll have some kind of announcement later this week or possibly early next week.”
The Class 5A Panthers have been in the market for a coach since Brett Beard resigned last month after two seasons to become Live Oak’s football coach.
Fernandez declined to discuss specifics, including who might be on a list of finalists. He did confirm that the East Baton Rouge Parish school received a number of applicants before the application deadline on Jan. 4.
“We got a good group of applicants to choose from,” Fernandez said. “Right now that’s about all I can say.”
St. Joseph’s Academy’s soccer program was one of three programs cited for exceeding the LHSAA’s contest limitations. The boys basketball programs at Pine Prairie and Ville Platte high schools also were cited. All three schools self-reported their violations.
Sanctions from the LHSAA did not involve any forfeits. St. Joseph’s was fined $250 and placed on administrative probation for one year. The Redstickers also will lose the option to play in one tournament next year.
Ville Platte and Pine Prairie also were fined $250 and placed on administrative probation and received similar tourney restrictions in basketball.
SJA Athletic Director Dorinda Beaumont said the Redstickers were cited for playing a district contest once a tournament had begun. Beaumont said SJA was scheduled to play in the Dominican Tournament on Dec. 5-6, but weather concerns prompted the schools to play a tourney game Wednesday. The Redstickers then played a Division I, District 5 game on Thursday and resumed tourney play Saturday.
Brown candidate at St. Aug
Former Pointe Coupee Central football coach Lawrence Brown is reportedly among the candidates to become football coach at St. Augustine.
Brown, a St. Aug alumnus, has been an assistant coach for the Purple Knights the past two seasons. He led now defunct PCC to its only football playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012. Brown’s 2012 Cougars of Class 1A finished 8-3. Cyril Crutchfield, who was St. Aug’s coach for three seasons, was not retained following the 2014 season.
NFHS honors Trammel
Benton High’s Frank Trammel has been selected as the National Federation of State High School Association’s National Coach of the Year for boys cross country.
Trammel coaches the boys and girls cross country teams at the Shreveport-area school. His career included a brief stint at East Ascension in the 1990s.