St. John coach Oliver ‘Crickett’ Crockett resigns _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- St. john head coach Oliver "Crickett" Crockett.

St. John football coach Oliver “Crickett” Crockett announced his resignation Friday.

Crockett, who also was the school’s athletic director, has been at the Plaquemine-based school for eight years.

The former Caldwell Parish athlete started out as head softball coach and assistant football coach at St. John. Crockett was the head football coach/athletic director for three seasons. He spent six years as softball coach at the Class 1A school.

“This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while,” Crockett said. “What it comes down to is that it’s time to go on to something different. Now I don’t know what that will be yet, but I am hoping to get a job with another school in the area.”

The Eagles of District 6-1A won four of their final six games to finish 5-6, including a playoff loss to district rival Southern Lab in the first round of the Division IV select playoffs.

In three seasons, Crockett compiled an 11-22 record that included two trips to the playoffs.

Crockett informed the SJHS football team of his decision Friday morning. Crockett said St. John Principal Cherie Schlatre plans to form a search committee that will coordinate hiring of a new head coach.