Destrehan’s Martin heading to Neville

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 25, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / December 25, 1999

DESTREHAN – Destrehan head football coach Scott Martin resigned this week to take to take the same position at Neville High School in Monroe.

Martin had compiled a 37-20 record in five seasons at Destrehan, guiding the Wildcats to four straight district championships, a first in school history.

Martin , who played football at Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe and whose wife, Karen, attended Neville, coached at Ponchatoula High School for five years before coming to Destrehan. He replaced Tim Rebowewho had left to become an assistant coach at Nicholls State.

After a 2-8 first season, Martin guided the Wildcats to the District 7-5A title with an 8-4 record. Destrehan defeated Bonnabel in the bi-districtplayoffs before falling to LaGrange in the regionals. A 10-2 season in1997 included a District 6-5A title and a berth in the regionals where the Wildcats lost to Shaw.

Destrehan again won the District 6-5A title in 1998 with a 9-3 record.

The Wildcats defeated Lafayette and Rummel before falling to Jesuit in the quarterfinals. This season, the Wildcats went undefeated in District7-5A for their fourth straight title. The Wildcats lost to Holy Cross in thebi-district playoffs, ending the season at 8-3.

Martin will replace Ray Coates who coached at Neville for the past seven years.

“He was truly an asset to Destrehan High School,” Destrehan principal Chipper Simon said. “His record on the field says a lot. But what he gave tothe school and to the school environment is just as important and just as necessary. He brought a lot to Destrehan High School.”Simon said once school resumes after the holiday break, he and athletic director Clarence Dupepe will review the procedures on naming Martin’s successor.

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