Corey Lambert, who was relieved of his duties as head football coach and assistant principal at John Ehret High School on Thursday, plans to fight for his job.
William Zanders, Lambert's attorney, released a statement about the plans to appeal his client's firing late Thursday night.
Zanders also said he would release a more detailed statement in a few days with “the names behind the false allegations and conspiracy which led to Coach Lambert’s interim dismissal. I stress interim because we will fight these personal and politically-inspired charges against him."
Lambert spent six seasons as head coach at Ehret, leading the school to the Class 5A state championship game in 2015.
Corey Lambert has been fired as head football coach and removed from his assistant principal…
Under Louisiana law, Lambert doesn't have a right to appeal his firing as coach, but he can appeal his demotion from his assistant principal's post.
Zanders disputed reports that Lambert was found guilty of illegal recruiting at Ehret. Zanders' email included a document dated April 27, 2017 addressed to Lambert from the Jefferson Parish Human Resources Department, which stated "the allegations against you cannot be confirmed...The investigation has been completed and you were returned to your coaching duties on April 18, 2017. Any loss of pay during this time will be retroactively paid back to you."
That letter came two months after the LHSAA conducted investigations in February into a complaint about Ehret's athletic program.
The New Orleans Advocate obtained that complaint Thursday through a public records request asking for documents pertaining to Lambert and any probes into Ehret's athletics program.
In a letter dated March 21, assistant LSHAA executive director B.J. Guzzardo told Ehret Principal Maria Landry that it had reviewed the athletic eligibility of two transfer students, whose names were redacted.
One of the players was eligible, but the other was ineligible to compete in any sports at the school until Feb. 10, 2018, Guzzardo wrote.
Guzzardo's letter claimed that Ehret had submitted falsified information to the LHSAA about the ineligible athlete, who had apparently enrolled at the Marrero school through a federal program that helps homeless youth attend classes at public campuses.
But the student's application to participate in the so-called McKinney-Vento program at Ehret was never approved by the Jefferson school system, Guzzardo's letter said.
According to Lambert, it was athletic director Sheena Smith who was responsible for providing the falsified documents.
Smith, when reached Friday afternoon, said she could not comment on the matter.
Lambert's firing came a week after the death of Jefferson Parish School Board member Ray St. Pierre, who coached Ehret's 1985 state championship team.
"They" waited until coach Lambert's mentor and beloved School Board Member was laid to rest a few days ago to fire him," Zanders said in his statement. "But Corey has a lawyer and I'm still standing."