Destrehan has added experience to its defensive coaching ranks with the addition of Malter Scobel as defensive coordinator.
Scobel a former head coach at Covington and Hammond, replaces Marcus Scott. Scott is now the new head coach at John Ehret.
“I’m real excited to get a guy like Malter who has been in so many big games,” Destrehan head coach Steve Robicheaux said. “He’s been (an assistant) under Hank Tierney (at Shaw and West Jefferson) and has been under Larry Favre (at Slidell) and has been a head coach. He has a ton of experience and has done a great job everywhere he’s been.
“We are real excited about his philosophy and energy. The kids play extremely hard for him. I just think he will be a great fit here at Destrehan.”
The sentiment seemed mutual for Scobel.
“It’s a job that doesn’t come open often and it is one of the top five jobs in the state as far as being at Destrehan High School,” Scobel said. “Being under Coach Robicheaux is a big deal. I’m very fortunate and happy.
Robicheaux and Destrehan already have a familiarity with Scobel, whose teams have faced off against the Wildcats in the past.
“We got to see a body of his work, even back with his days at Shaw and West Jeff. He’s always done a tremendous job and his kids always played hard,” Robicheaux said.
“It started when I was at Archbishop Shaw,” said Scobel. “We had played them in the playoffs. At West Jeff, we played them in the regular season and then we played them in the playoffs and at Slidell the last couple of years. We’ve know each other a long time; probably 15-20 years.”
A 1987 Shaw graduate, Scobel was an assistant with the Eagles from 1993-01, serving as defensive coordinator from 2000-01.
He was an assistant at West Jefferson from 2000-2007 before becoming Covington head coach in 2009. Scobel posted a 26-26 record as Lions coach with four playoff appearances.
In 2013, he served as interim head coach at Hammond. The Tornadoes went 3-7 that year under Scobel.
He has been defensive coordinator at Slidell since 2014.
In terms of the defensive philosophy he may bring to Destrehan, Scobel said it all depends on personnel.
“We will be aggressive. We will be physical but we will be very disciplined and do the little things right. Our scheme will be multiple. Depending on what kind of personnel we have, we could be a 3-4 front or a 4-3 front or 4-2, it just depends on what we have. The fundamentals behind are we are going to be physical. We are going to tackle and make teams earn what they get. We will be aggressive. I think that’s the nature of being on defense. You need to be the aggressor,” the new Destrehan defensive coordinator said.