It’s a rare occurrence for St. Charles Parish’s two public high schools to debut new head football coaches in the same season but that’s the scenario for Hahnville and Destrehan in 2020.
Hahnville is the latest St. Charles Parish school to go through the process of seeking a new football coach when Nick Saltaformaggio resigned his position earlier this week to become the new coach at Holy Cross, his alma mater.
The hiring process for members is fresh in the minds of St. Charles Parish schools system following the recent hiring of Marcus Scott as Destrehan’s football coach. Scott was selected from among 28 candidates for the position.
“It’s an awesome opportunity,” Scott said of the Destrehan job. “It’s an outstanding program. It’s a great academic institution and it’s a privilege to be back.”
Scott, who has served as head football coach the last two seasons at John Ehret, returns to Destrehan, where he spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator under head coach Stephen Robicheaux.
Robicheaux announced his retirement after the 2019 season, creating the opening for new head coach at Destrehan.
“I was able to work hand-in-hand with Coach Robe and was able to learn some of the traditions and things that it takes to make a program successful,” said Scott. It was really a good experience, which made me extremely happy to be back.”
“We were able to coach some really good players,” Scott continued. “One of those two years we went to the semifinals and I thought the teaching aspect of the position was really conducive to being successful as a coach and it really is a good place to be.”
Scott had tremendous success at Ehret, leading the Patriots to a 20-5 mark in his two seasons as the team’s coach.
“The people really embraced me,” Scott said of his tenure at Ehret. “I’m from the West Bank, having grown up in Algiers, so I had a lot of people that I knew that I was connected to in the area and also from my time at West Jefferson. It made the transition easy to go to Ehret but when I had an opportunity to come back to Destrehan, it was too good of a situation to pass up.”
Scott served as head coach at West Jefferson from 2008-2013, guiding the team to a 38-6 record and six playoff appearances.
Because of schools being shut down and citizens strongly urged to practice social distancing while dealing with the coronavirus epidemic, it’s certainly not things as usual for Scott as he takes over at Destrehan.
“Install (of the offense and defense) would be going on and we would be able to prepare for spring football. From that standpoint, we are behind but so is everyone else,” said Scott. “As a coach, you would hope (to have spring practice), but health and safety of everyone is the most important thing at this time. Athletics is very, very important but it is on the back burner right now, and it should be.”
Instead, Scott is trying to get to know his new players – long-distance style.
“At this point, it’s just a matter of making contact with the players a little bit at a time and really just introducing myself and just kind of getting to know them personally before we even get into the x’s and o’s and things of that nature,” the new Destrehan coach said.