(American Press Archives)
Last Modified: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:10 PMAfter eleven years in Lake Arthur, Chad Lavergne is taking his talents home to Grand Lake.
A Cameron Parish native, Lavergne spent all 11 years in Lake Arthur as the head football coach and he will now assume the same position with the Hornets. He leaves the Tigers with an overall record of 74-60, leading the Tigers to the Class 2A state playoffs in each of the past five seasons. Last season they were upset by No. 22 St. James who would go on to reach the quarterfinals before losing to eventual state champion Kinder.
Prior to taking the job at Lake Arthur he had coaching stints at DeQuincy and Sulphur, but has maintained his residence in Cameron Parish the entire time.
“So far I really like it,” Lavergne said. “In my whole 19 years of coaching before this I always had to commute at least an hour. So it’s nice to be able to drive just a couple of miles down the road to work.
“I know these kids, I’ve coached them when they were younger in the recreation leagues so I’m really enjoying it.”
Lavergne takes over a Grand Lake program that is in just its second season after reviving varsity football after 53 years. Lavergne says that the community is excited about having football back regardless of a tough start last season and look forward to the future.
“There is certainly a lot of excitement in the community,” he said. “You can definitely tell they are happy to have football back and from everything I’ve heard they had a really good turn out for their home games last year. It’s a process but it’s here to stay.”
In the Hornets’ first season back on the gridiron they stumbled to a 1-10 finish, losing to LaSalle in the Bi-district round of the Class 1A state playoffs 38-6. Lavergne and his staff will look to improve on that one step at a time.
“We just need to start competing on a daily basis and that starts with competing with ourselves and having productive practices,” he said. “We have to start doing the little things right and be as prepared as we can when it comes time to get on that field.”
Lavergne will make his debut as head coach of the Hornets when they host Ascension Episcopal on Sep. 5 in the season opener.
Posted By: Kenny & Sue Chapman On: 7/24/2014
Title: We will miss you, Coach!
Good luck and thanks for all you did for LAHS! You will be missed!
Posted By: Frankie Spikes Campbell On: 7/18/2014
Title: Congratulations, Chad
Chad, my congratulations on being named coach at Grand Lake. Wishing you the best of luck as you continue your coaching career. Welcome home to Cameron Parish!