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Nowlin out at South Lafourche

Nowlin out at South Lafourche

The 2016 football season will be the first – and only – season Brandon Nowlin will get as South Lafourche High School’s head football coach.

Rumors circulated through social media last Tuesday that Nowlin, 35, was relieved of his duties with the team, despite having been hired in April to fill the post vacated by Dennis Skains’ departure. 

Those rumors proved true on Wednesday when principal Gaye Cheramie and the Lafourche Parish School Board confirmed the news, citing that the coach had been relieved of his duties as a coach, but was still employed by the school system as a teacher.

Nowlin was 3-7 in his one season with South Lafourche. The Tarpons didn’t make the playoffs.

Cheramie said the decision “had very little” to do with the team’s record, but was because of other factors.

In a short release, she offered the school’s stance on the situation, adding that no further comment would be offered out of respect to the outgoing coach.

“South Lafourche High School has relieved Coach Brandon Nowlin from his coaching duties,” the short, printed out statement from Cheramie reads. “We are taking the program in a different direction. We wish the best of luck to Coach Nowlin in his future endeavors.”

Nowlin’s short tenure is disappointing to a lot of the school’s players and fans – both of whom were hopeful the coach would be a keeper at the time he was hired.

Nowlin landed at South Lafourche with a decorated resume – one which included successful stops at both the prep and collegiate levels.

As a player, Nowlin was a national champion fullback at LSU, playing for Nick Saban.

Once in coaching, Nowlin worked collegiately at Central Arkansas and Nicholls. At Nicholls, he coached both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, and was one of the team’s top recruiters.

Sandwiched between the stops at Central Arkansas and Nicholls was a head coaching stop at Morgan City High School – a job Nowlin enjoyed for three seasons. In those seasons, he built the Tigers from a 0-win team to a 5-win team, earning the respect of many in the area.

But it never quite materialized at South Lafourche.

The Tarpons started the season with a blowout win against Bonnabel, but could never build upon that success.

The Tarpons led 27-0 against Bonnabel in Week 2, but lost the lead, surrendering the game to the Rams by a 28-27 count.

Toward the back-end of the season, injuries mounted and the Tarpons were stopped one win short of the playoffs, thanks to a disappointing, season-ending loss against South Terrebonne – a team that entered the game with just one win on the season.

Cheramie said there is no timeframe in place to hire a new coach, and the job isn’t yet posted for applications.

There is no immediate rush. Spring practices don’t begin until late in the school year, so the school has plenty time to pick its next coach – the team’s seventh in 15 years.