Stephen Robicheaux revealed Friday his decision decided to retire as the head football coach at Destrehan High School.
“It’s time for the family, it’s time to try something different,” Robicheaux said. “To be here for 18 years as a head coach was truly a blessing. Not too many coaches can say they were able to stay at one place for their whole career.
“Special thanks to the St. Charles Parish School board and St. Charles Parish School administration because they understand that athletics is important and the way your football team goes is the way your school goes. There was tremendous support. It’s a bittersweet day but it’s just time for new things for Steve Robicheaux.
The decision was actually under consideration for years after Robicheaux and his wife decided to get into the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, he said.
DROP is an optional program that allows an individual to freeze regular monthly retirement benefit and have it deposited into a separate account while still working and drawing a salary from a TRSL-reporting agency or school.
“My wife and I made a decision three years ago to go ahead and get in drop and we knew we would have this decision to make and here it was. We just think it’s the best thing for our family. My wife and kids gave up so much for me to here at Destrehan and do the things we do. Now it’s time for me to do some things for them,” Robicheaux said.
Robicheaux, 56, served two different stints as head coach of the Wildcats, leading Destrehan to state championships in 2007 and 2008 during his first tenure as coach.
Destrehan’s back-to-back Class 5A titles came with a 41-21 win over Acadiana in 2007 and a 14-3 victory over West Monroe in 2008 and included a 30-game winning streak.
He resigned following the 2009 season in which the Wildcats went 5-6.
Robicheaux was named the district safety coordinator for St. Charles Parish Schools in 2010 and served in that capacity before returning as Destrehan’s head coach in 2012.
During his second stint at Destrehan, he led the Wildcats to the state championship game in 2014 and 2019.
His 2014 squad lost to Acadiana 23-7.
Robicheaux’s resignation comes following his most recent trip to the Superdome Classic in 2019.
After getting off to a 4-3 start, Robicheaux’s Wildcats won their next seven games in a row to reach the state title game before falling to Acadiana last December.
Robicheaux, who spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Destrehan, was first named the Wildcats’ head coach in 2000.
During his first stint at Destrehan, Robicheaux posted a record of 100-23. He went 85-19 during his second tenure as coach for a career record of 185-42.
Robicheaux wouldn’t rule out the possibility of adding a few more wins to the resume.
“I’ve been approached by some people here and there but I’m not sure what exactly will happen yet. To rule out anything, no. I retired once and came back, so you never know what’s going to happen.”