There was a very good cause it didn’t even take three weeks for Lafayette Christian to fill its head soccer teaching emptiness.
Simply days after his Knights misplaced a memorable 52-48 state championship sport to St. Thomas Extra, Trev Faulk resigned as LCA’s coach on Dec. 13.
On Tuesday, Lafayette Christian Academy president Jay Miller introduced the promotion of 30-year-old offensive coordinator Hunter Landry to the place.
“The very first thing we all the time do is look inside this system,” Miller mentioned. “Once I requested Trev for his opinion, he strongly beneficial Hunter. He mentioned Hunter performed a a lot greater function in this system this season, extra than simply calling the offensive performs.”
Landry mentioned it started in the summertime, displaying up early for exercises to be taught as a lot from Faulk as doable.
“Coach Faulk isn’t one who’s going to ask for assist,” Landry mentioned. “He’s simply going to do it himself, so I simply stored asking him what I might do to assist him.”
It additionally allowed Landry to be taught the complete influence Faulk had on his gamers.
“(Him) being accessible for them, serving to them off the sphere and displaying them that you just love them,” Landry mentioned about Faulk. “When coach Faulk instructed me he was leaving, it was surprising. However I observed all of the issues the gamers mentioned and wrote about him weren’t about all of the state titles and the wins on the soccer area. It was all about his work ethic and the way a lot he beloved them.”
Landry served because the offensive coordinator over the previous two seasons. He joined LCA’s teaching workers in 2018 after teaching at his alma mater Breaux Bridge, the place he performed quarterback.
After one yr at LCA, Landry spent a season below coach Josh Fontenot at Southside Excessive earlier than returning to LCA when an offensive coordinator place opened up.
“It’s loopy,” mentioned the 2010 Breaux Bridge graduate Landry, who left highschool considering he was about to main in accounting.
As a substitute, Breaux Bridge coach Paul Broussard requested him to assist out as a volunteer coach.
“In that first yr, I spotted how a lot I beloved it,” Landry mentioned. “I simply didn’t understand how a lot I’d take pleasure in teaching as a manner of staying across the sport I like with out enjoying it.”
Miller made it clear Landry is this system’s head coach in each manner.
“We’re not replaying the place we have been seven years in the past,” Miller mentioned referring to Faulk not having the title however successfully being the pinnacle coach previously.
In actual fact, any future contributions to this system by Faulk can be behind the scenes with things like conditioning and creating coaches.
“He received’t be on the sphere,” Miller mentioned of Faulk. “Trev loves the children and he loves LCA. He simply didn’t have the time to dedicate to this system any longer. Any function that Trev performs in this system can be decided as time goes on.
“That can rely on no matter Hunter and Trev can craft out collectively, primarily based on Hunter’s imaginative and prescient for this system and the time Trev has together with his different enterprise pursuits.”
Over the subsequent few weeks, Landry hopes to be taught what number of coaches plan to remain on board, however his largest chore can be discovering a brand new defensive coordinator with Faulk not round each day.
Landry mentioned it’ll be comforting to know Faulk “will solely be a cellphone name away,” particularly in his first offseason on the job.
Landry met with the workforce for the primary time as the pinnacle coach on Tuesday.
“I instructed them that there’s going to be a distinction in our relationship between being the offensive coordinator and the pinnacle coach, however it’s a very good distinction,” Landry mentioned. “I feel there’s a mutual respect there. They realized in the course of the season there’s a time to joke and have enjoyable, however it’s all enterprise while you get on the sphere.
“The youngsters know. They’ve purchased into what we are able to accomplish.”