LHSAA playoffs: Lutcher defeats St. James, 41-14 for Class 3A State Title _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD – Lutcher head coach Tim Detillier doesn't like a call in the second quarter against St. James Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, during the Class 3A championship of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Tim Detillier added to his career accomplishments by winning a fourth state football title at Lutcher High last month.

Detillier told the Bulldogs his 266th career win recorded in the title game would be his last. He announced his retirement as the LHS coach during a team meeting Thursday afternoon.

“This isn’t about winning a state title and then deciding this,” Detillier said. “Talk about this started before we ever thought about the possibility of winning a state title this year. My wife and I have been talking about this for a while now.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do yet, but I do know I’m not one of those guys who will just sit around. My wife did a great job, really raising our children while I was working with other people’s children. The big thing for me is our grandchildren and not wanting to miss important things in their lives.”

The 60-year Detillier became the River Parishes all-time leader in wins last fall, passing up longtime Reserve High coach Joe Keller. He finished with a career record of 266-112-0 in a 38-year career that featured 25 years as head coach at Lutcher and six seasons at St. Charles Catholic. He started his career as a Lutcher assistant.

“I think his record speaks for itself,” Notre Dame coach Lewis Cook said. “Very few coaches have the number of wins he has along with the state titles. But as much as Tim will be missed as a coach, I know the kids and school will miss him in other ways.

“He was always involved as athletic director with other sports. He’d follow the swim team or the volleyball team. That’s what I’ll remember was that he was about Lutcher High School, and he did thinks the right way.”

With 266 wins, Detillier ranks 13th on Louisiana’s all-time wins list. Lutcher beat parish and District 9-3A rival St. James 41-14 in last month’s 3A title game. Detillier’s Lutcher teams also won 3A state titles in 2003, 2006 and 2008.

“I’ve been blessed with talented and dedicated players and coaches,” Detillier said. “Lutcher is a special place to coach and a special community. The timing is right. I think I’m doing what’s best for the school. Given the amount of talent we have returning and the schedule, I feel like the next coach has a great chance to be successful.”

The Bulldogs finished 14-1 last fall, including a 12-game winning streak to close the season. Lutcher’s lone loss was to Class 5A St. Amant in Week 3.

Detillier has also been an active force in the LHSAA, LHSCA, LHSADA and the Louisiana Football Coaches Association through the years.

He was among the finalists for the LHSAA’s executive director position in November 2014. Detillier was president of the LHSCA in 1993 and has served on the LHSAA’s school relations and its executive committee.

“Tim was a big part of a lot things we’ve done with the football coaches association,” former Independence coach Charles Baglio said. “I know this is something that’s been on his mind for a few years. “He (Detillier) has had a great career. What a way to finish ... going out on top.”