Ascension Catholic football coach and athletic director Doug Moreau didn’t mince words when asked about his impending retirement.
“This is the last stop,” Moreau said. “I feel fortunate to be able to work with some great people here (at Ascension Catholic) for the last three years. I’ve enjoyed the heck out of it.
“Basically, I’ve run out of gas. I don’t have enough juice. And if I can’t do something 100 percent, then it’s not something I’m going to do any more. It’s time for me to go play with some grandchildren.”
The 68-year-old Moreau said he will continue to teach and work at Donaldsonville-based ACHS for the remainder of the school year. He said he also will be part of the school’s search for his successor.
Moreau retires with a career record of 196-105-2. He led ACHS to an 8-3 record last fall and a berth in the Division IV select playoffs. Moreau also spent 13 years as head coach at St. Amant.
His other head coaching stops included Marksville and Winnfield. He won a Class 2A state title in 1982 at Winnfield, coaching a team that defeated tradition power John Curtis in the title game.
“The thing I want to stress is that I’ve been fortunate to work with good people at every place I coached,” Moreau said. “Warren Douglas took a chance on me at Marksville when I was 26, and in the first two years, I made just about every mistake you could possibly make but he stayed with me.
“Then I went to Winnfield and that was like falling into a gold mine. There were some great athletes and people. St. Amant was my longest stop, and it was great one, too.”
Moreau coached a total of 38 seasons. In addition to serving as head football coach/AD at St. Amant he also served as an assistant principal and principal at St. Amant.
After retiring from administration, Moreau returned to St. Amant and spent four seasons as offensive coordinator for current Gators coach David Oliver. He then coached three seasons at ACHS, compiling a 22-10 record.
Along with his teaching duties, Moreau said he will continue to work on strength and conditioning with a group of athletes that includes 18 eighth-graders who will move up to the varsity level.
“Obviously, I’m going to be involved in the process, and I look forward to seeing who will be hired here,” Moreau said of ACHS. “Who is hired will come into what I think is a good situation.”
Ascension Catholic is accepting applications for its head football coaching job through March 31. Applicants must be a practicing Catholic, have teacher certification in Louisiana and three or more years experience.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Email a letter of interest and a résumé to ACHS Principal Sandy Pizzolato at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31.
“When I came to St. Amant I’d spent 16 years on the college level,” St. Amant’s Oliver noted. “I’d never been a head coach. He took the time to teach me about what it takes to be a head coach and I’ll always been grateful for that.”