It still hasn’t quite hit Jose Ferrand just yet.
He expects it to sink in sometimes Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium during pre-game warmups.
That’s when Ferrand, who coaches the girls and boys soccer teams at Ben Franklin, will prepare to go after not one, but two, Division II state championships.
His girls play Loyola Prep at 5 p.m., followed by his boys playing Vandebilt Catholic.
He wouldn’t be making history if his team pulls off the rare double Friday.
He made history last year, leading Ben Franklin to both titles to become the first coach to win a girls and a boys state title in the same season.
Now the Falcons are eyeing the double repeat.
The double itself is rare.
Before last season, the only school to win girls and boys soccer titles in the same year were Slidell (1992), Newman (1999), Newman (2001), Ben Franklin (2004) and Newman (2005).
But to do it in back-to-back years is even more impressive.
It’s no surprise that the girls have a shot at it.
They are actually going for a third state title in what has been a remarkable three-year run.
They boast a 22-0-2 record and the seniors on this year’s team haven’t lost to a team from Louisiana since their freshman year.
That’s a string of 62 straight games without a loss.
As scary as it sounds, this team is perhaps better than the previous two.
“We knew the girls would probably be back in the championship,” Ferrand said. “We are probably stronger just because we have been healthy and finally able to get that core group of five or six players all playing together this year.”
But as good as the team is, three-peating won’t be easy for the No. 3 seed Falcons.
Loyola Prep, the No. 1 seed, is also undefeated at 28-0-2.
“They are very technical and have a lot of seniors,” Ferrand said. “They are hungry. “Everybody we’ve played has been trying to knock us off and be the first team to beat us in three years.”
While the girls’ return to Tad Gormley might not have come as a surprise, perhaps the boys’ team did. They got off to a slow start, then hit their stride in December, much like they did a year ago.
They will take on Vandebilt Catholic in a rematch of last year’s title game that Ben Franklin won 3-2.
Ben Franklin also beat Vandebilt 4-1 in January.
“It won’t be anything like it was in January,” Ferrand said. “It should be a battle. It’s becoming a rivalry. They are going to be as hungry as we are.”
And around Ben Franklin, everyone seems to be hungry when it comes to soccer.
The school has right at 100 students (50 girls, 50 boys) in its soccer program now. The boys team fielded a freshman team this year for the first time.
But Ferrand has learned to handle the double duty. He has coached the girls for six seasons and it is his fourth season coaching both teams.
“Each year, it gets easier,” he said. “I coach them pretty much the same. It’s all basically one big family and everybody is pushing each other to improve.
“I have a good staff and good support from the administration and good parents. This year, the numbers have grown so much, so logistically it’s been crazy at times.”
An example of that was Friday’s semifinals. Ferrand coached his boys in Alexandria and then had to scurry to Lafayette to coach his girls.
That won’t be an issue Friday.
He gets to stay at Tad Gormley and possibly take two more state championship trophies back to Leon C. Simon Drive.
He knows it won’t be easy.
“It’s hard to repeat once you get that bull’s-eye on your back,” he said.
It’s even harder with two.