Catholic-Pointe Coupee Athletic Director Rob Funderburk said David Simoneaux came in a plan.
Ultimately, it’s a plan that was good enough to make the 31-year-old Central offensive coordinator the new football coach for the Class 1A Hornets.
“There’s not a doubt in my mind that David is an awesome fit not only for our young men but also for the community and the school,” Funderburk said. “I love his energy and desire.
“He came highly recommended and has been a success in other places for several years. He’s highly respected. We can’t wait to start working with him.”
It is the first head coaching job for Simoneaux, a starting running back on the Parkview Baptist team that won the school’s first Class 3A state football title in 2001. He spent six years as an assistant for PBS before moving to Central for five seasons.
Simoneaux replaces Funderburk, who spent six plus seasons as the CHSPC football coach before resigning several weeks ago. Funderburk compiled a 31-35 record, including a 4-6 mark last fall when the New Roads-based Hornets just missed making the Division IV select playoffs.
“The first things that impressed me were the school and community,” Simoneaux said. “The administrators, Mrs. Colleen (Caillet) did a good job of showing me what the school has to offer. They were so professional.
“I have a pyramid for success and part of that says a coach and the administration have to share the same vision and passion. In taking to Mrs. Colleen, I feel like I have that.”
Simoneaux said his plan is to focus on bringing a physical, hard-nosed football style to the CHSPC program, utilizing lessons learned in his years at Parkview and Central.
“The first thing will be meeting the players and the community,” Simoneaux said. “It’s a school with a tradition in football and strong academic values. I’m excited about getting started.
“But I also know I need to thank coach (Kenny) Guillot (former PBS coach) and coach (Jay) Mayet (current PBS coach) for being such great mentors for me. And I have to thank coach (David) Prescott (Central principal) and coach (Sid) Edwards (Central coach) for giving me the opportunities I’ve had here.”