The coach who led White Castle High to a Class 1A state title has landed the top job at different small school power.
Ferrante Dominique is the new football coach at South Plaquemines High. The 34-year-old Dominique signed his contract to become head coach for the Class 2A Hurricanes on Wednesday.
“This really is nothing but the will of God,” Dominique said. “I had actually been in contact several schools, including South Plaquemines, about a job in administration.
“When they called, I told them I would be willing to be an assistant football coach if they needed me to. That’s when they told me they needed a head coach. I can’t wait to get started.”
Dominique was an assistant principal at Alexandria-based Peabody in 2015-16. He also served as an assistant football coach, was the interim girls basketball coach and girls track coach for the Warhorses.
In 2010, the Dominique’s WCHS team led by former LSU player Ronald Martin, beat Ouachita Christian 32-20 in the 1A title game.
Peabody was 5-5 and advanced to the Class 3A football playoffs. Peabody went 13-22 in girls basketball, including a 12-10 record under Dominique. The girls track team had 16 regional qualifiers.
South Plaquemines of Class 2A was 7-5 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs before losing to Mangham. SPHS opened after Hurricane Katrina with students from Port Sulphur and Buras.
The Buras-based school won Class 1A state titles in 2007 and 2008 and was the 1A runner-up in 2009 under Cyril Crutchfield, who went on to coach current LSU star Leonard Fournette at St. Augustine. Steven Weins was the South Plaquemines coach last season.
“This is a brand-new school that cost $27 million and there’s an (artificial) turf stadium,” Dominique said. “The next thing to be built is a field house. I know they’ve had a lot of coaching turnover since coach Crutchfield left. But I think it’s the perfect place to build a program.”