Editors Note: This story has been changed to reflect the fact that this is a school and not a police investigation.
An emotional Lester Ricard confirmed that he resigned as Walker High’s head football coach Monday.
WHS defensive coordinator Marcus Brown also resigned.
Walker Principal Jason St. Pierre said assistant coach Cecil Thomas will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season and that the school will advertise the position after the season.
“It’s true, yes, I did resign,” said Ricard, who paused at times as he spoke about the WHS players and coaching staff. “I wish things had worked out differently. I love those kids and I wish nothing but the best for them. And I love those coaches.”
Livingston Parish School Board spokesperson Delia Taylor confirmed the resignations of Ricard and Brown were accepted Monday. Ricard was in his second season as the WHS head coach. Before accepting the Walker job, he was the offensive coordinator at Hahnville High.
A former Amite High star quarterback who played at LSU and later starred at Tulane, Ricard led the Wildcats to a 6-5 record last fall that included a playoff loss to Landry-Walker in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Neither coach was on the sidelines for the Wildcats’ 27-6 victory over Broadmoor on Thursday. At the time, St. Pierre said the status of Ricard and Brown was a personnel matter that was being investigated. In addition to altering the role of Thomas, who served as acting head coach Thursday, St. Pierre said assistant Lewis Inmon will serve as the Wildcats defensive coordinator.
Walker (2-0) hosts Slidell (1-1) on Friday for a nondistrict game. The school has not yet announced who will take over as head coach.
"What we have done is shift the responsibilities of the coaches on staff for the remainder of the year," St. Pierre said. "
Advocate reporter Caroline Grueskin contributed to this report.