Acadiana area football coaches moving on: Chad Blanchard leaving Patterson; Jay Domengeaux steps down at Lafayette _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Jay Domengeaux said of his resignation as Lafayette High's football coach: 'It’s something I’ve been contemplating for a while. We decided as a family it was time for a change.'

Lafayette High football coach Jay Domengeaux confirmed his resignation Tuesday, saying he will remain at the school only in the capacity as an assistant baseball coach.

“It’s something I’ve been contemplating for a while,” Domengeaux said. “We decided as a family it was time for a change. I don’t have anything in particular to pin the decision on. I don’t have avenue that’s pulling me in a certain direction from here.”

The news of Domengeaux’s leaving Lafayette wasn’t the only development involving an Acadiana area football coach.

Chad Blanchard said he was departing Patterson after a total of 15 years at the St. Mary Parish school — the last two as head coach — and had accepted an offensive assistant coach’s role at Destrehan where he begins Jan. 4.

“It was a rewarding experience,” Blanchard said. “It’s always been a great place and a great community. We helped in the time I was there, along with (former head coach) coach (Tommy) Minton, to put together a good football program we’re proud of. Eventually times change and you have to make decisions based on what’s best for your family.”

The return of Blanchard, a native of Assumption and graduate of Nicholls State, to Destrehan is a homecoming of sorts. He served as an assistant in 2008-09, helping the Wildcats to a 14-0 record and Class 5A state title in 2008.

Blanchard arrived at Patterson in 2000 and after returning to the school was the successor to Minton, who left to coach at Central Catholic-Morgan City.

The Lumberjacks went 18-7 during Blanchard’s two seasons, reaching the Class 3A quarterfinals against North Webster in 2014 and falling to West Feliciana in the regionals this season.

Blanchard guided Patterson back from a 0-2 start this year to win nine straight games, including a perfect run to the District 8-3A championship, before losing to West Feliciana.

“I had plans on returning through the season, even after the playoffs,” said Blanchard, the District 8-3A Coach of the Year. “This was a new development within the last couple of weeks.”

Domengeaux, a Lafayette native and graduate of Teurlings Catholic, has spent 17 years at Lafayette. He served as the Lions baseball coach for 10 years and now plans to assist Sam Taulli for the 2016 season.

For the past five seasons Domengeaux has been Lafayette’s football coach, where he fashioned a 17-33 record.

The Lions, who started 2-0, suffered seven straight losses before finishing 3-7 and 1-5 in District 3-5A play with a 30-6 win over Comeaux.

“I’ve enjoyed the players and the relationships I’ve built there over my time,” Domengeaux said. “I’ve got nothing but great feelings for Lafayette High and wish them success in the futur,e and I’m going to miss the kids I was involved with. There’s nothing I look back with any regret. Sometimes it’s just time to move on.”