- Feature Story
- George Becnel
- March 30, 2017 - 9:53pm
Tim Rebowe returned to his native River Parishes to try and reap the riches of a different sort.
A former Destrehan High player and coach, Rebowe is entering his third year as head coach at Nicholls. In his attempt to rebuild the Colonels’ program, Rebowe has found a bountiful harvest in terms of personnel from his home area.
Two years after taking over a program that lost 23-straight games, Rebowe led Nicholls to a respectable 5-6 record in 2016 that included a 5-4 mark in the Southland Conference.
Among the losses were narrow defeats to the likes of Georgia of the Southeastern Conference and South Alabama.
Helping to lead the resurgence is a significant group of high school recruits from River Parish schools over the past two years. At some points last season, Nicholls had as many as five former River Parish players on the field at the same time on defense. Among the group were Sully Laiche of Lutcher, Evan Veron of Riverside Academy, Ahmani Martin of East St. John, Allen Pittman of Destrehan, and Jeff Hall of St. Charles Catholic. Hall was the only senior so the group returns mostly intact for the next few years.
A total of 11 players from the River Parish are currently on the roster as the Colonels take part in spring practice.
Thursday night in Destrehan, Rebowe returned home to try and add some financial riches at the River Parish Colonel Athletic Association Football Fundraiser at Cypress Lakes Country Club in Destrehan.
“We had a group that approached me and said they wanted to do something and wanted to support us and help us with a little fundraiser, Rebowe said. “We put a committee together, and hopefully, we will have a good time and raise a little bit of money for the program.
“This will be a first and we are talking about doing this every year and making it a yearly event. If we keep recruiting people from this area, I’m sure people will continue to want to give to it.”
In coming back home, Rebowe wanted to emphasize to locals that he plans on being around for awhile.
“I reached out to all the head coaches in the area and superintendent and I want them to feel a part of it and know that we will be here for a long time,” said Rebowe.
One of the coaches who showed up is Riverside Academy’s Chris Lachney.
“Success, whether it be at Nicholls or anywhere, it’s all about people and the relationships you have with people,” said Lachney. “Coach Rebowe has done a fantastic job of reaching out from where he’s from and knowing kind where the bread is buttered, so to speak.”
One of guys who buttered the bread for Nicholls last season is the aforementioned Veron.
“He’s a special kid and we still use him as an example of the way we teach in our program and the standard in which we expect our players to play,” said Lachney, who was Veron’s high school defensive coordinator and his now in his first year as Riverside head coach. “He’s such a great representative of our program from a football standpoint. All the Nicholls people finally get to see what the Riverside people have seen for so many years is the violence that kid plays with and the intensity and all that stuff that you want, especially from a defensive football player. I’m a football fans on Saturday now because I get a chance to watch him play.”
Having played and coached in the River Parishes, Rebowe has ties to the area that come in many different forms. One such example is Brock Anderson, a financial planner who helped form the new River Parish chapter of the CAA.
“I was recruited out of high school by Mike Knight, who was the baseball coach at Nicholls, and at that time, Tim was an assistant football coach at Nicholls and I’ve always had that tie with Timmy and his being my uncle,” Anderson explained. “He went to (Louisiana) Monroe and (Louisiana) Lafayette and coming back to Nicholls, it brought me back to where I started by baseball career in college. Also, with his being my uncle, I want to support Nicholls. He has so many local ties. I just think the River Parish fundraiser-type deal is important for him because of recruiting.”
Another example is River Parish insurance agent Kelly Buckwalter.
“Timmy and I go back a long ways. We grew up together,” said Buckwalter. “We want to help him out in the River Parish community to raise some money for him and turn Nicholls around and get some local talent there, and doing it for the kids and the school. My daughter recently graduated from Nicholls in December so it’s a great experience. We just wanted to help out and contribute to the cause.”