- Feature Story
- George Becnel
- January 09, 2019 - 2:28pm
Larry Dauterive is returning to coaching as the new offensive coordinator at East St. John, the school he served as head coach from 2002-2010. He brings with him 44 years of coaching experience and a straight-forward message.
“This is all about Brandon Brown. It’s not about Larry Dauterive I’m going to be one of nine assistants and I just want to be a contributor. I had my time in the limelight. I want to do something I’m halfway good at,” said Dauterive of Brown, who just completed his first year as head coach at his alma mater.
“He’s a winner. He’s a Hall of Famer. He’s a great guy,” Brown said of Dauterive. “Just to have him back in the building is a wonderful thing. If you surround yourself with a winner, you become a winner.
“He has a love for East St. John. To have him back is just a wonderful, wonderful thing for us.”
Dauterive’s Hall of Fame career includes 26 as a head coach. He amassed a record of 228-85-1, including mark of 65-22 at East St. John. Dauterive, 75, also served as an assistant at Louisiana Tech and in the Canadian Football League.
Although Brown and Dauterive have an East St. John connection, Dauterive did not coach Brown in high school. Brown graduated from ESJ a year prior to Dauterive’s arrival as coach of the Wildcats.
“He sought me out. I didn’t know him,” said Dauterive. “He talked to me when he got the job. We talked a couple of times in the library about football and he offered me a job then but I told him my parents were 98 and 97 and in ill health and living in New Iberia and I was helping to take care of them. They are the same but they haven’t deteriorated any more. I wanted to see how it would be here and he has things going in the right direction. When he reached out again, I accepted. I’m sold. I start Feb. 1.”
“I called on him a lot,” Brown said. “He came to a lot of our games and we talked. He would always talk to me about game situations and things that we could have done better or we did well. I took that advice to heart.
After the season was over, I thought about it and prayed about it and I wanted him to join the program and he was ecstatic about it. I think we did a good job our first year but to just have him here will help everyone.”
Dauterive will be in complete control of the offense.
“I will have complete autotomy to run the offense and that’s what I asked for,” said Dauterive.
“I will trust him on that side of the football. That’s one thing I don’t have to worry about. I kind of handle the defensive side and I know in my heart we’re going to be great on that side of the ball. I’m not sure exactly what he will do, but I’m sure it will be nice,” said Brown.
That puts everyone on the same page, including Kris Peters, who has been serving as the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator.
“We will actually be working together so I didn’t get fired, just an addition to the offense,” Peters said. “His experience (goes) along with my RPO (run-pass option) background. He talked to me personally and wanted me to stay and we do this together. So I’m OK with it. I’ve been knowing him for quite a while and respect his football mind.”
Coach Peters can kind of learn under the tutelage Coach Doe and everyone around the program is going to be better because Coach will walk into the building,” Brown said. “I told him, ‘we just got three games better just with you walking through the door.’”
Dauterive resigned during the 2010 season at East St. John after a controversy surrounding comments he made at a public speaking event.
His return to the school, Dauterive said, had the backing of the higher ups within the St. John Parish school system, including Kevin George, the superintendent.
“I don’t know all the details. To be honest, I wasn’t even concerned. In the time I’ve known Coach Doe and the things I know about Coach Doe, he’s an excellent guy. I think he put something like 60 guys in college when he was here. That’s what he brings to the program. He brings knowledge and being a winner here,” said Brown.
Dauterive coached at Opelousas High in 2011 before retiring from coaching and entering private business. The East St. John job, he said, is the only one that would have gotten him back into coaching.
“Every year people make overtures about me coming back. I’m averaging between 125 and 150 miles a day in my current job. Now I will have to go four miles one way,” Dauterive said.