Source: Interim coach Sean Beauchamp, West St. John’s Robert Valdez are leading candidates for Scotlandville High football job _lowres

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Robert Valdez has agreed to take over as Scotlandville's new football coach.

Scotlandville High got its man Wednesday, hiring former Southern University player and McKinley High head coach Robert Valdez as its new head football coach.

Valdez, who has coached West St. John for the past seven seasons, succeeds Eric Randall, who resigned last week to become an assistant principal at Baker High.

Valdez led West St. John to a 10-3 record last year, when the Rams advanced to the Class 1A semifinals. He has a 60-29 record at the school and is 64-35 overall. Valdez led the Rams to a Class 1A runner-up finish in 2011.

WSJ opted to play up Class 2A starting this fall.

Scotlandville is coming off one of its best seasons. The Hornets were 9-4 last fall and advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals. It was the most successful season since the school restarted its football program more than a decade ago and its best overall season since 1969.