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Menard named new Trojans coach

Keith Menard was named the new head football coach at Central Lafourche. (Photo by File)

Keith Menard believes he is the right man to turn Central Lafourche’s football program back into a winner.

Menard was chosen from five finalists to become the next head football coach at Central Lafourche.

The position opened when former coach John Callahan resigned six games into the 2012 season.

The Trojans were 3-3 when Callahan resigned and finished the season 3-6.

The last time the Trojans made the playoffs was in 2009, but Menard is confident the program can become a winner again.

“I played college football at Nicholls, and I always thought the bayou (region) had great football, and the people are passionate for football,” Menard said. “I always saw myself being on the bayou. My son, Ryan, is a walk-on at Nicholls, and those things all tied together. I think it was time to look for a challenge and a change to be at the (Class) 5A level. The big thing was to get into a program like Central Lafourche with the tradition they had there. Maybe we can build on that a little. This is a challenge I am looking forward to.”

Menard is leaving Catholic-New Iberia after three seasons as the Panthers head coach. Menard also coached at Rayne, Sacred Heart-Ville Platte, Many and at Central-Baton Rouge.

Menard was named the 2008 Class 2A Coach of the Year at Many when he led the program to an 11-2 season and a trip to the quarterfinals.

While he has had success everywhere he has coached, getting back to the Class 5A level had something to do with Menard being attracted to the job.

“It never has been a driving force for me, but of course I can’t say it wasn’t a factor,” Menard said. “To me, it is the tradition that Central Lafourche had and wants to start again, and I believe that I am that guy.”

Central Lafourche principal Chris Kimball said he too believes that Menard is that guy to change the program into a winner.

“Coach (Travis) Douglas, and I were very proactive. We did a lot of background work, and we visited when these teams were in the playoffs. We wanted to find the guy that is right for Central Lafourche and with that comes hard work,” Kimball said. “We had five great guys come in for interviews, but to us, Coach Menard represents someone that is respected and has been successful everywhere he has been. He is committed to us, and we are committed to him and it will be a great partnership.”

Menard will meet with the team for the first time today. After that he will begin his transition into the job and begin implementing his offseason program. Menard is the fifth head coach for the Trojans in four years, and he is sure a little stability will do a lot for the program’s future success.

“I will meet with the team and coaching staff and spend next week in forming our plan when we start in January,” Menard said. “Hopefully, the people and kids are excited. I know they are looking for some stability. I know for next year’s seniors, I will be their fifth coach in four years. We are going to bring in some stability and point this thing in the right direction and go from there.”