Ex-Wildcat to Lead Catholic High Bears

 Former Central High assistant football coach David Simoneaux has been appointed Head Football Coach at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, one of the state’s top high school programs.

Simoneaux helped lead Park-view Baptist to a State Championship as a player and stayed at his alma mater as an assistant coach under Head Coach Kenny Guillot.

He then coached at Central High as Director of Football Operations for three years under Central Head Football Coach Sid Edwards. Those three years as a Wildcat proved formative because he had charge of the entire program.

Then it was on to be Head Football Coach at Catholic High of Pointe Coupee in New Roads, which Simoneaux took from 6-5 to the State 1A Championship game.

Simoneaux said he choose to move to Catholic High in Baton Rouge because of the mission of the school. “Catholic High emphasizes faith and Christ as the center of life.  It aligns with my values, and the school aims to be great at everything.  It’s an opportunity to rub elbows with top notch colleagues and be part of a tremendous program.” 

Catholic has won three state titles and two runners up in the past five years.  “It’s definitely not a re-building situation. We will honor the past and keep moving!” he said.

Simoneaux said leaving Catholic-Pointe Coupee will be tough. He said, “We love the community. It is top notch and the future looks bright. My assistant and right hand man Danny Bolero will be AD and Head Football Coach. He is a first class guy and will do well!”

Simoneaux is not Catholic but neither was Dale Weiner, a Presbyterian who was head coach for nearly 30 years.  “Our values align and that’s what’s important,” Simoneaux said.  “I’m excited! Kids are kids, but we’ll have a chance to reach a lot more of them.”

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