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Interim tag removed as Walters gets WSJ job on permanent basis

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  • December 05, 2016 - 1:23pm

File photosAfter serving on an interim basis, Brandon Walters has been named permanent head football coach and athletic director at West St. John.

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Interim Coach Brandon Walters has been named athletic director and head football coach at West St. John High School.

Walters has served as interim athletic and head football coach for the past year and a half. Under his leadership, the West St. John High School Rams have made it to the Class 2A quarterfinals two years in a row.

“Coach Brandon Walters has been chosen as the permanent head football coach because he has proven his ability,” West St. John High School Principal Claude Hill said. “He and his team of coaches have advanced the West St. John High School football team to the quarter finals of the playoffs the past two seasons, despite playing some of the toughest regular season schedules. He has been with West St. John High School under two other head coaches and he understands the rich traditions and the expectations of leading the Rams’ program. Our athletic programs will continue to move forward under his leadership.”

Walters previously served as an assistant coach at West St. John High School, working as part of the staff that brought West St. John High School to state championships under both former coaches Laury Dupont and Robert Valdez.

He is a graduate of and former football player for McDonogh 35 in New Orleans and played football for Grambling State University under Coach Eddie Robinson. He has served as a coach for 15 years in football, track and basketball at the high school and middle school levels.

“For me to be named to the position is humbling and exciting. It’s a vote of confidence in the work that I've already begun,” Walters said. “My goal from day one of being named last year as interim coach and AD was to continue to make West St. John a very competitive and viable athletic program. It was also a goal to make the experience for our student-athletes one of the best educational and athletic experiences there is in the area and state. It's a huge lift and a relief that I know I can continue in the efforts that I've have started and I look forward to our program's future.”

Walters described his time as the interim coach challenging and rewarding.

“We’ve set a goal each year and have come extremely close to meeting them both years in spite of the challenges and obstacles that we've faced. I love preparing each week and working throughout the offseason to get our guys prepared,” he said. “It's a grind of course, but fulfilling to see kids go from no experience or not having the best of skills to dominating in their position and seeing them be successful. To be able to put the right things in place to improve on our success is the main goal and focus for me now. I look forward to the future and I'm thankful for the opportunity.”

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