Lorio named MCHS' new football coach/AD
By GEOFF STOUTE
MORGAN CITY — Veteran high school football coach Dennis Lorio has been named head football coach and athletic director at Morgan City High School.
Morgan City Principal Mickey Fabre made the announcement Monday afternoon in a statement and this morning, he discussed the decision to hire Lorio who has won a state title as head coach of Thibodaux High School in 1991 and also, during a second stint at the school from 2008-10, made back-to-back quarterfinal appearances during his first two years.
“When we got Coach Lorio, we were really excited,” Fabre said. “He had a proven track record at Thibodaux High School.”
The Morgan City principal noted that Lorio has won more than 100 games in his career, including nearly 70 at Thibodaux High School, boasts a 14-4 playoff mark, and was a graduate assistant at LSU.
Fabre said in the next football coach, he was looking for someone who came from a winning program and had both experience as a head coach and athletic director, things he said Lorio has.
The Morgan City principal noted there were about 60 inquiries in the position and of the applicants, Lorio was “head and shoulders above all the other applicants.”
Lorio will replace former head football coach/athletic director Brandon Nowlin, who resigned his post early last month because he was taking a position on the Nicholls State University football coaching staff.
Most recently, Lorio has worked at East St. John High School as offensive coordinator where he worked with Darion Monroe, a first-team Class 5A-All-State quarterback who signed to play with Tulane where he is a member of the squad’s defense.
As for his plans for Morgan City, Lorio said the theme of spring practice, which will begin Thursday, will be “change.”
“We’re going to change the number of players involved with the program,” Lorio said. “We’re going to work hard to increase that. We’re going to (increase) the number of faculty coaches here. Coach Nowlin and his staff got it moving in the right direction, but when you only have three faculty coaches, it’s hard to get a job done at any level, much less a 4A level.”
Lorio said he would be meeting today with students.
“We must get the best athletes at Morgan City to come out for football,” he said. “We’re trying to have an all-call today and increase those numbers. We must get the toughest kids in school to come out and play, and we must get the kids who have the smarts, the savvy and we got to get kids with big hearts. When we get all of those kids playing together, we will compete.”
While Morgan City has made improvement during the past two years with successful non-district seasons, the squad has struggled in district. Morgan City has not made the playoffs since 1998.
As for hiring assistant coaches, Lorio said he has four assistant coaches, including two from his time at Thibodaux, who are “strongly considering” joining him at Morgan City.
While he won’t have a full staff in time, Lorio said he will begin spring practice Thursday.
“Spring will be basic,” he said.