- Feature Story
- RPF Staff
- February 18, 2017 - 10:17am
In the first six years of Riverparishfootball.com (2010-2015) only twice, St. Charles in 2011 and Lutcher in 2015, did any of the eight River Parish teams win a state championship. In 2016 that total doubled as both Riverside and Lutcher claimed state titles. No coincidence that both school’s head coaches Bill Stubbs and Dwain Jenkins have been named Riverparishfootball.com Co-Coach of the Year.
“Well it’s pretty exciting,” said Stubbs who retired just days after Riverside defeated rival St. Charles 47-20 in the Division III State Championship. “Over the years we’ve tried to put a product together. Yes it’s an honor to get it but it should be cut down into little pieces and I can give it to all the other (Riverside assistant) coaches. Those guys have done a phenomenal job, those guys were in it 24 hours a day. It’s an honor, no doubt about it, but it represents what we did collectively.”
Riverside finished the season 12-1, winning 12 straight after losing to John Ehret 16-13 in the season opener.
For Jenkins, it marks the second time he’s won the honor after being named the RPF.com Coach of the Year in 2013, his first season at St. James when he took a team that had not won a game in over two years to the 2A Quarterfinals.
“It’s just an exciting honor, its another honor for our coaching staff and our football team for the hard work they put in,” said Jenkins. “To be recognized with coach Stubbs, one of the legendary coaches in the state of Louisiana is a great honor. River Parish Football is extremely important to me. I think there’s no better group of coaches anywhere in the state besides the eight guys that we have coaching on the (Mississippi) River.”
For Stubbs winning the Division III State Championship in December was the fourth in his career, (1994, ’95, 2000 at Salmen) and proved extra special in many ways.
“It’s the last one. Knowing that you’re not going to have the opportunity to do it again might make this one real special,” said Stubbs. “I had a couple of sons on the 1994 and ’95 (state championship teams), and I had another son on the 2000 (state championship) team so those were special too. Being able to come here and win one in a span of five years was very important.”
“Years ago when I first got in the business my dad said ‘If you ever get a chance to go out on top, go out on top and never look back.’ I’ve been here five years, and had a phenomenal staff it was time to turn it over to coach (Chris) Lachney. He’s a wonderful football coach a great mentor of young men. All the stars aligned so it was time to do it.”
Like Stubbs, Jenkins led his team to a state championship after losing one the previous year. But for Jenkins, he lost his against the team he would lead to a state championship the following year. And oh yeah, that team just happened to be his alma mater and the school he helped to three state championships as an assistant.
“I really think there were a lot of things that happened for me over the past four years that prepared me for this year,” said Jenkins. “You think back over your whole coaching career there’s a lot of things that took place. "Winning state championships as an assistant helped prepare me to bring a team into the (Superdome) as a head coach. Unfortunately we didn’t get the job done last year at St. James. We lost to a great Lutcher football team. But going through that experience put me in a position to handle this year’s team. I was able to use that knowledge to get this team to the first ever back-to-back state championships.”
Lutcher won more games than any River Parish team this season finishing 13-2.
First American Bank and Trust Vice President Robbie LeBlanc presented the trophies.
“Our home office is located in Vacherie, Louisiana and we understand the importance and passion of River Parish Football,” said LeBlanc. “We also understand in developing the entire student and athletics sure is a part of that. We are so honored to be a sponsor of Riverparishfootball.com.”
Previous winners of the Riverparishfootball Coach of the Year:
2010 Tim Detillier Lutcher
2011 Frank Monica St. Charles
2012 Robert Valdez West St. John
2013 Dwain Jenkins St. James
2014 Stephen Robicheaux Destrehan
2015 Tim Detillier Lutcher
2016 Dwain Jenkins Lutcher
2016 Bill Stubbs Riverside
*All RPF.com postseason trophies are sponsored by Backwater Insurance and Faber Awards