After spending six years as an assistant football coach at St. John, Oliver “Cricket” Crockett has gotten an upgrade.

The 38-year-old Crockett is the new head football coach at the Plaquemine-based Class 1A school. He replaces Mike Dugan, who spent one season as the school’s head coach.

“Instead of opening it up and looking outside for a coach, they decided to hire from within,” Crockett said. “And they decided to go with me. Being a head coach has always been a goal for me.

“This is what I’ve been working toward and hoping would happen. And now that it has, I can’t wait to get started.”

The Eagles are not the only Baton Rouge school with coaching news. Assistant coach Weber Mansur III is now in place as the interim head football coach at Class 4A Tara High. Mitch McGrew, the Trojans’ coach for one season and previously the school’s baseball coach, remains at the school, according to Jackson.

“This is a matter of going in a different direction, and we’re still early in the process,” Tara Athletic Director Barry Jackson said. “Coach Mansur is the interim, and from there, we’ll advertise and decide which way to go.”

At St. John, Crockett said he has already had a meeting with players interested in being part of the 2013 team. So far, Crockett, who also serves as the school’s softball coach, said between 30 and 40 have signed up to join the team.

Crockett, a Caldwell Parish native, is a 1998 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He coached at Caldwell before moving to St. John.

The Eagles finished 2-7 last fall. Meanwhile, Tara recorded a 3-6 record under McGrew.