Six area schools searching for head football coach, Sulphur latest vacancy

Published 7:00 am Thursday, December 1, 2022

Sulphur High School became the sixth Southwest Louisiana school to start scouring the market for a new head football coach.

Chris Towery announced in a social media post Tuesday night that he would not return for the 2023 season.

Towery went 11-15 in three seasons with an appearance in the 2021 Class 5A playoffs.

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Jennings and Oberlin are looking for new coaches after the retirement of Rusty Phelps and Durell Peloquin, respectively.

Phelps was the longest-tenured area coach after 28 seasons leading the Bulldogs. He finished with a career 214-146 record, including 33-28 in the playoffs and a run to the Class 3A final in 2019.

Peloquin led the Tigers for seven seasons. He went 57-26, winning at least one playoff game each season with his best in 2019 when Oberlin went 13-1 and reached the Class 1A semifinals.

Also looking for a head coach are LaGrange, Vinton and Pickering.

Marrico Wilson went 5-34 in four seasons at LaGrange, including a bi-district playoff appearance in 2019. Lark Hebert was 4-21 in three seasons at Vinton, while Jared Underwood went 0-20 in two seasons at Pickering.