District aims to fill Hahnville football vacancy before Mardi Gras 

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The hope is to fill Hahnville’s head football coaching vacancy by mid-February, according to St. Charles Parish Public Schools athletic director Kade Rogers, and interest in the position is high. 

The opening for the job was officially posted on Dec. 19 and the listing came down on Friday with applicants now in the pool for consideration. Rogers noted interest was strong. 

“It’s a top-tier job in the state of Louisiana, sought after by many,” Rogers said. “It boils down to academic standards, the support for athletics from our school board – we’ve had $37 million approved for upgrades to our facilities and physical education programs … the trajectory is pointed up. There’s no ceiling right now on what’s going to be provided. Over the next several years, there’s going to be some vast improvements to those facilities and they’re already top-tier facilities.”

“I think coaches see this as a great opportunity to build a program and a legacy.”

The job opened following the Dec. 15 resignation of then-Hahnville head coach Daniel Luquet, who described the move as a mutual decision between he and the school. It followed a season in which Hahnville finished 3-6 against a challenging schedule and missed the postseason, and a 19-18 mark at the school over four seasons. 

Rogers said that the district will form a hiring committee to interview applicants over the next few weeks, with a recommendation coming after that. He said the intent is to get someone in place as quickly as possible in order to set the team’s spring, summer and weightlifting programs in place. 

“I’d say the aim is sometime before Mardi Gras, but we’re also going to do our due diligence,” Rogers said. “If it takes longer, it takes longer. We’re working to establish somebody and we want to get it right.”

He noted the job posting window has remained open a bit longer than usual due to the timing of the search starting over the Christmas holiday break.

“That causes a bit of a lull,” Rogers said. 

The last time the district conducted a football head coaching search was in 2020 – a year that saw openings at both Destrehan and Hahnville, and one that saw the interview process conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“It was a bit strange in comparison. Coaches were unsure which way programs would move – let alone how life in general would move forward,” said Rogers. 

Rogers added that though Luquet and Hahnville parted ways, the coach made contributions to his school and community that should not be forgotten. 

“I thank Daniel – he did some great things in our community that should not be overlooked or overshadowed,” Rogers said. “He’s dedicated, he’s going to land on his feet somewhere and we wish him well.”

 

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