Abbeville football coach steps down

By Chris Rosa

For the second year in a row, there are two head football coaching positions available in Vermilion Parish.

First-year Abbeville head football coach Ward Courville elected to not return as the Wildcats’ head football coach next year. The Wildcats posted 2-7 record under Courville’s helm.

“It is the right thing to do,” Courville said.

Courville accepted the head coaching position in June when then head coach Robert Toomer suddenly quit after two seasons. Courville was an assistant coach under Toomer. Courville had been a head coach at Gueydan, St. Edmund and Ville Platte High before taking over in Abbeville.

Courville said his goal is to stay on as assistant football coach at Abbeville.

Courville said when he took over as the head coach in June, Abbeville was in a bind because of the timing of the departure of Toomer. He said he thought it was best for the football players if he took over the head job at the time.

Abbeville will be searching for its fourth head coach in six years.

Brent Indent, who is now the head coach at Kaplan, was the head football coach at Abbeville until 2002. Since he left, Abbeville has gone through three head football coaches: Keith Calvert (2004-2005), Toomer (2006-2007) and Courville (2008).

Erath High is also looking for a head football coach.

Jacob Byler has stepped down as head football coach after being the top man for 22 years. He leaves the school as the winning-est head football coach.

The two head coaching positions are not officially open because they have yet to be approved by the School Board.

Erath Principal Francis Touchet said he has received a total of nine applicants. The applicants are from Louisiana, Texas, and Florida.

The job will officially become open on Dec. 12 and will close Dec. 19, Touchet said.

He is expected to name the coach on Jan. 12.

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