MCHS looking for new head coaches in various sports
By GEOFF STOUTE
Morgan City is in the market for new coaches in multiple sports with the departures of two head coaches and the apparent departure of another likely coming.
Morgan City boys’ basketball and golf coach Jeremy Whittington confirmed June 3rd that he will be taking the head boys’ basketball coaching position at Comeaux High School, while head baseball coach and assistant football coach Marc Gonzales said on the same day that he is nearly certain he will be taking an assistant football and baseball coaching position at Thibodaux High School, noting that he is just waiting for his application to get approval by the Lafourche Parish School Board.
Those two join former girls’ basketball coach Aaron Meyer, who finished out the school year at Morgan City but has taken a position at St. James High School where he will serve as an assistant football coach and head track and field coach.
At Morgan City, he served as head girls’ basketball coach as well as an assistant football coach and he coached track and field.
“I just believe it’s a new era,” Morgan City Athletic Director and head football coach Dennis Lorio said about the changes. “Some people have chosen to leave. We got some high quality people that are here and have chosen to be here.”
Lorio also is a new addition as he was hired in late April to replace former head football coach and athletic director Brandon Nowlin, who resigned as head football coach and athletic director to take a position coaching tight ends at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.
Whittington cited being closer to family as well as a bigger school as reasons for leaving for Comeaux, a Class 5A state semifinalist a year ago who has made several playoff appearances in recent years.
He said he interviewed for the position May 30 and was offered the job immediately after.
He will leave Morgan City after a 10-year career where he has taught world geography in the classroom and coached the Morgan City High School basketball team, first as an assistant under his college roommate and former Louisiana College teammate Ryan Taylor, and then once Taylor left for Patterson High School, as head coach for the past eight years.
“Making a move after 10 years is a hard move to make for sure,” he said. He noted that Youngsville, where Comeaux draws students from, is “kind of a booming area.”
“We’ll draw a lot of kids,” he said.
He said the relationships he has made at Morgan City have been “unbelievable.”
“I couldn’t feel like I’m leaving a bigger family,” he said. “The teachers are awesome at Morgan City and always have supported me and my program.”
He also thanked his assistant coach, Kevin Lewis, for his work, calling him “unbelievable” for his work, and also noted he would miss seeing former players.
“We hate to lose good people, but if that’s a better spot for him, we wish him well,” Lorio said of Whittington.
Ironically, Morgan City could see Comeaux this coming year on the basketball court as Whittington said when making next year’s schedule with Comeaux’s previous head coach before any thought of moving to Comeaux came up, the two had scheduled a game at Comeaux.
Lorio said a search for a new basketball coach will begin immediately.
Gonzales said he is making the move to Thibodaux High because he said it is best for his family.
He cited more coaches on staff as a reason for interest in the job, saying he will be one of 10 football coaches on staff and one of four baseball coaches.
“When you have that many numbers, you’re able to coach kids up to their ability,” he said.
With more coaches on staff, Gonzales said he hoped he would be able to spend more time with his family.
While he said he is “98 percent” sure he is leaving, he said he will continue to coach Morgan City’s Swampland baseball team, Skipper’s Sporting Goods, for the remainder of the season, noting there wasn’t anyone else to coach them. The Swampland season will conclude later this month.
“I’m not going to leave these kids in a bind like that,” he said.
Gonzales wished to thank the Morgan City High School administration for giving him the chance to start his teaching career.
He also said he enjoyed the time spent with his baseball team, and it’s hard to leave them.
“I’ve told them before I’d do anything to help them out, and I look forward to them having success in the future,” he said.
Asked about lack of coaches at Morgan City, Lorio said there are several coaches coming in at the moment but he didn’t want to offer any more comments until things become official.
“We’ll be reacting to that situation,” he said.
As for the baseball coaching search, he said they already have received some interest in the position. He said that it wouldn’t be a hard position to fill because of the quality baseball at Morgan City.
Meyer said he had no hard feelings in leaving Morgan City and described St. James as “a new place. A new opportunity.”
He said that he wanted to see where the job at St. James, where he will work under a new football coach, will lead to.
Meyer said Morgan City was a great community, and it was a good opportunity to work with the coaches.
Lorio called Meyer a “high quality person in the classroom and coaching.
“He felt like he had a better future at St. James,” Lorio said, noting that Meyer helped him with his transition at Morgan City.
Lorio said St. James, like Morgan City, is trying to rebuild their program.
Meyer taught physical education at Morgan City.
As for the girls’ basketball coaching position, Lorio said some candidates have been interviewed, but the search is ongoing.