LAFAYETTE — Trev Faulk unexpectedly stepped down Friday as football coach at Northside High School.

KLFY News 10 broke the news earlier in the day that the fourth-year Vikings coach had turned in his resignation effective immediately. KLFY was informed of the resignation by Lafayette Parish School System spokesperson Sandra Billeaudeau. John Simmons served as interim head coach for the team’s District 4-4A opener at Teurlings Catholic.

KLFY also reported, according to Billeaudeau, Faulk did not resign as an employee of the school system and has been offered a teaching position at Acadiana High in Scott.

Faulk could not be reached by phone for comment Friday.

The Lafayette native was a standout at Lafayette High before going on to become an All-Southeastern Conference linebacker at LSU. Faulk played five seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and briefly with the New Orleans Saints.

Faulk began his coaching career at Northside as an assistant before taking the head coaching position at Vermilion Catholic in 2011. In his lone season with the Eagles, Faulk led the team to a perfect regular season and a trip to the Class 1A semifinals.

Faulk returned to Northside in 2012 and led the team to a 4-6 regular season and a postseason berth. Faulk, though, did not build on that first season as the Vikings went 3-7 and 4-6 over the next two seasons. Heading into Friday’s game, Northside was 1-4 with its lone win a 3-0 victory over Westgate a week ago.

In an interview with the Acadiana Advocate in 2014, Faulk talked about how Northside was his dream job.

Faulk said, “I was a volunteer starting off here when I made the decision to give this coaching thing a try. The opportunity to come back here and mentor some young men that are growing up in similar situations I grew up in being from this side of town and being from this area, was just something that was important for me.”

There was no word if Faulk will be joining the coaching staff at Acadiana or if Simmons will remain as interim coach at Northside for the remainder of the season.