Area coaches share prospects with Kiwanis
by Joe Cunningham
Aug 21, 2012 | 2231 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Vermilion Parish coaches gathered together at Kiwanis vying for the “Crying Towel.” Pictured from left to right: Jay Landry, Tommy Byler (back), Stephen Lotief, Larry Breaux, Mark Suire (back), Doug Dotson and Russel Kuhns.
Vermilion Parish coaches gathered together at Kiwanis vying for the “Crying Towel.” Pictured from left to right: Jay Landry, Tommy Byler (back), Stephen Lotief, Larry Breaux, Mark Suire (back), Doug Dotson and Russel Kuhns.
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Local high school coaches stood before the local Kiwanis Club on Tuesday to share their thoughts on their teams this year.

Each coach, despite not being on the field, were nonetheless competing for the “Crying Towel,” awarded to the coach who gives the most bleak outlook of their team and does so with the best jokes.

All schools with the exception of Delcambre were represented by their head coaches, including Erath, who in recent years had sent an assistant coach, instead.

Because of another luncheon taking place at the same time, Delcambre head coach, Darcy Delcambre, sent assistant coach Mark Suire, to take his place at the podium.

Kaplan’s Stephen Lotief was the first to speak. He painted a picture of long practices for the Pirates, trying to get the team ready for the season. “We held a senior meeting to see where it was we wanted to go,” Lotief said. “I’ve got a couple good seniors returning, like Tyson Trahan.”

Next to the podium was Gueydan’s Jay Landry, who discussed a numbers problem for the team.

“We haven’t had a team with more than 20 players since 2001,” he said. “It’s a commodity we’re low on.”

The bright spot for Gueydan, he says, is Trevor Derouen. “He’s been there through the good times and the rough times,” Landry explained.

Tommy Byler of North Vermilion was next. According to him, this year’s team is very young.

“We’ve got 22 upper classmen,” he said. “50 players out of this class just left somewhere along the way.”

Byler said there’s still a lot of questions to answer. “We just keep working every day,” he added.

Delcambre is another team suffering from an abundance of youth, Suire said, when his turn came. “Most of our skill guys are back,” he said, adding that “Our linemen are largely inexperienced.”

Abbeville head coach Larry Breaux had won the Towel for the past three years, and this year made a solid running for fourth, mentioning the team’s 1-9 record from last season.

“Last year, we had the youngest and most inexperienced team I had ever seen,” Breaux said. “Not just that I’ve coach, but just seen overall.”

Breaux says he’s returning six offensive players and seven defensive. “I expect we’ll be a little bit better this year,” he added.

Erath’s Doug Dotson talked up his team, but did add a caveat. “We’ve got a lot of talent, but we’re small,” he said.

Joining Dotson as the newest coach in the parish was Vermilion Catholic’s Russel Kuhns, the interim head coach for the Eagles. Kuhns said one of the biggest changes for him personally was the transition from college athletics to high school.
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