South Lafourche has found its replacement for former head football coach Dennis Skains.
He’s a coach who already has head coaching experience in District 7-4A.
The Tarpons announced this week that they’ve hired former Morgan City Head Coach Brandon Nowlin to hold the position that’s been open for a month since Skains left to take the head coaching position at Cecilia.
At Morgan City, Nowlin helped turned the Tigers from a cellar dweller into a contender. Before that, he was a longtime assistant coach at Central Arkansas. After that, he was an assistant at Nicholls State University and also the offensive coordinator at Livonia – the job Nowlin held last season.
The veteran coach said he’s excited about the opportunity to lead South Lafourche, a team which won six games last season, was the 7-4A District Runner-Up and advanced to the Round of 32 in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 4A State Playoffs.
Athletic Director Brian Callais said Nowlin outlasted the job’s 16 other applicants because of the qualities he possesses.
“The first words that come to mind about Brandon Nowlin are knowledge, passion and experience,” Callais said. “I think this is the perfect fit.”
Nowlin comes to the program with eyes set on scoring a lot of touchdowns. It’s a trait that, frankly, he’s pretty well known for.
Unlike Skains, who was a defense-first coach, Nowlin is an offensive mind – a coach who likely will all the Tarpons’ plays from the sidelines next fall.
With Livonia, that recipe worked like a charm, and his offense was one of the most explosive in the Baton Rouge area, despite one of the most difficult overall schedules in the state.
Nowlin said he thinks the Tarpons can achieve a lot of the same things.
The coach said the Tarpons will run multiple sets and will utilize a variety of formations. But when push comes to shove, Nowlin said South Lafourche’s bread and butter will be on the offensive line – a place he hopes to dominate.
South Lafourche returns several starters offensively, including offensive lineman Chad Cheramie, quarterback Jaydon Cheramie and halfback Corbin Allen.
“We want to be a tough, nasty, physical football team,” Nowlin said. “We want to control the line of scrimmages. We’re going to do a lot of different things. But no matter the play, we will want to be dominating up front. That’s something that’s been done here before, and that’s something that I’m all about. We want to continue that tradition in a big, big way.”
Defensively, Nowlin said the Tarpons will match scheme with personnel in hopes to keep opponents out of a rhythm throughout the game.
The coach said his philosophy has always been to avoid big plays and to make an opposing offense execute for a long, lengthy drive if it wants to score.
“If you make them run eight, 10 or 12 plays to have a chance to score, odds are, they will do something to themselves to mess themselves up,” Nowlin said. “We have to eliminate giving up the big one. I think that will be our goal and our focus defensively – to cut down on some of the times where things may break down.”
Of course, it helps that Nowlin knows the area and the district pretty well, too.
With Morgan City, he guided the Tigers to a .500 season in just his second season. At that time, South Lafourche was not yet in Class 4A, but the district was the same minus the Tarpons.
Nowlin said knowing being familiar with the opponents is invaluable and will allow the team to have a head start in its preparation.
But the biggest key, according to the coach, is having winning players – something that Nowlin plans to heavily emphasize during his tenure with the team.
Posted on Thu, May 12, 2016
by GAZETTE SPORTS REPORTS