Daniel Luquet is certainly taking the long view when it comes to being the new head football coach at Hahnville.
“This is the last stop for me,” said Luquet. “It’s about creating relationships, not only inside that (school) building, but in this district. There is not a district like this district. It’s the best of the best. I have two young daughters that will go through this school system. I have a wife who is a teacher in this school system. This is our home.
“Hahnville will be home until I decide we will go take more trips to the beach and retire. We’re excited as a family and we are looking forward to what the next 20-plus years has in store for all of us.”
“We are extremely excited and fortunate. Daniel embodies the total student athlete. That’s what we are about here. At HHS, we want to educate, we want to encourage, we want to empower our student athletes to be the best they possibly can be,” said Hahnville Principal Brian Lumar.
Luquet, who served as Hahnville’s offensive coordinator last season, was named the Tigers’ head coach Wednesday night and his coming-out party came via a video conference on Thursday morning.
He replaces Nick Saltaformaggio, who left Hahnville in April to become the head coach at Holy Cross, his alma mater.
If Hahnville is indeed Luquet’s last stop, he had a few others along the way that helped him get the job as the top Tiger.
Luquet was a quarterback at Destrehan and later an assistant for the Wildcats before heading to Woodlawn of Baton Rouge.
The years as a Destrehan player and assistant, along with being a Hahnville assistant, gives Luquet a unique perspective about coaching in St. Charles Parish.
“The saying, ‘We Are,’ is something that really hits home to me. Growing up on the East Bank and going to Destrehan and working at Hahnville, I grew up with friends everywhere in St. Charles Parish,” said Luquet.
In his quest to be a head coach, Luquet left Destrehan to become an assistant at Woodlawn. After one year as an assistant, he was promoted to head coach in 2015.
Luquet went 18-25 in four seasons at Woodlawn before returning to St. Charles Parish last season as an assistant.
“I left Destrehan to go be the offensive coordinator for one of my best friends I played college football with at Southeastern in Brett Beard. We had that one season and he had an opportunity to take a job somewhere else (at Live Oak) and kind of jumped on it. It was a little too far me to make that drive and I bucked down and did what I had to do to get that football job. They took a chance on a guy they had (only) met six months ago,” said Luquet.
Then came the opportunity to return to St. Charles Parish at Hahnville.
“For me, it’s everything that is Hahnville, from the faculty to our administration, the kids, the parents, the community,” said Luquet. “I’ve been in this community for a long time now and I know how excited it gets around here during football season.
“For me, it’s not just football season, but it’s 365 days. I’m excited about getting into the middle schools, excited about getting into the elementary schools and just being a part of what St. Charles Parish is about and what the West Bank is about and being an ambassador for all levels.”
After installing a spread offense a year ago as offensive coordinator, little is expected to change offensively or defensively for the Tigers.
That continuity could serve Hahnville well in light of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think the good thing is the consistency with the offense is staying pretty much the same,” the new Hahnville coach said. “The defense is making some adjustments. The coaching staff is staying intact. We have great relationships with those kids.
“As far as conditioning and 7-on-7 and that sort of stuff that will come as it goes, finding out from the district what we can and cannot due. There is no rush when it comes to the health of our student athletes. If they tell us we can bring 20 in, we will bring 20 in and we will be very consistent on how we will do that.”
Luquet’s timetable of being a head coach of a top-notch Class 5A program came rather quick. In the ever-competitive River Parishes, who get such an opportunity before the age of 40.
“I’m happy to be the head coach at Hahnville at age 37 because that just gives me more years to be the head coach at Hahnville,” Luquet said.