Cyril Crutchfield had previous coaching stints at Port Sulphur and South Plaquemines, where he won three state Class 1A titles. Next season he will be back on the west bank as the new football coach at West Jefferson.
Crutchfield will be the third coach in three years for West Jefferson. He takes over for Kevin Fox, who resigned to attend to family matters. Fox took over for Marcus Scott, who resigned because his family relocated for his wife’s new job.
Crutchfield graduated from Covington and coached St. Augustine last season. He will be inheriting a team that finished 4-6 last season.
The Buccaneers opened with four straight losses, but then won three straight. They won one of their last three games and missed the playoffs after making it to the bidistrict round the previous year.
“It’s all about building on what’s here and moving forward,” Crutchfield said. “You can throw last season out the window whether it was 15-0 or 0-15. Everybody has a brand new score. It’s just imperative that you put the tubes in place that need to be in place and get better day by day.”
According to the third proposal for redistricting, West Jefferson would have its current slate of District 8-5A opponents with the addition of Landry-Walker and East Jefferson. For Crutchfield, that means he has to start next season quickly.
“We’re all competing for the same student-athlete. We’ve got to hit the ground running,” he said. “What we’re able to do, able to accomplish in this first year will bode well for us if we’re to have any type of success as far as letting them know that West Jeff is going to be competitive year in and year out.”
Crutchfield said he expected to meet with coaches Tuesday. He estimates having 12 or 14 returning starters.
While Crutchfield will be a new face at Hoss Memtsas Stadium, his expectations for his team are to based on fundamentals.
“It’s still fundamental: blocking, tackling and doing your assignments,” he said. “The most important thing is discipline. Discipline is the keyword here throughout the locker room. They have to understand that. “