Posted: Jun 20, 2012 6:26 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jun 21, 2012 8:42 AM
A high-profile football coach and a championship winning track coach will teach at Northside High School in Lafayette. Superintendent Pat Cooper, Ph.D., made the announcement during a news conference Wednesday morning. "You know, the Lafayette High's of the world better watch out cause Northside High is going to catch up, because they are on the rise. There are bright students at Northside, there are caring parents, it's a supportive community, and that school is going to take off like a rocket," he said.
NFL star Trev Faulk is a familiar face to the Northside High community. Before taking the job as head football coach, he was an assistant coach there. Before taking the position at Northside, Faulk was the head coach at Vermilion Catholic High School in Abbeville and led the team to the Class 1A semifinals. "Looking forward to building and sowing some positive seeds into the lives of these young men and help them to grow academically and to grow as people."
For some though, this softens the blow since former head coach Vincent DeRouen was one of 26 teachers displaced from Northside High with no clear reason given. "They haven't been given a reason specifically why they've been displaced and now they are still forced to go out on interviews," said Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion. "It was not an assessment on whether you're a good teacher or a bad teacher, it was an assessment on do you have the right attitude, do you have the right philosophy to say we can take these children and they will be successes for us like the kids at Lafayette High, Carencro, anywhere else," said Cooper.
Cooper says teachers across the parish need to quickly understand the message his administration is sending. "If you don't have the right attitude, we don't want you here."