DHS’ Stroud recommended as new coach

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 20, 2010



Destrehan principal Stephen Weber has recommended Wildcats’ defensive coordinator Chris Stroud to step into the team’s head coaching vacancy.

The move is set to be officially voted on Aug. 11 at the next St. Charles Parish school board meeting.

Stroud, 45, would replace Stephen Robicheaux, who was appointed the St. Charles Parish public school system’s new Coordinator of Security, Safety and Emergency Preparedness in June Robicheaux cited the job as a new opportunity and one affording him a chance to spend more time with his family.

“Destrehan is a special place, and we believe he will maintain the integrity of this program,” said Weber. “Chris is a man who cares about what is best for these kids first and foremost, and that’s the Destrehan way.”

Stroud said that he is humbled by the opportunity.

“This is one of the best job’s in the state,” said Stroud. “There are so many great kids. Coach Robicheaux left this program in great shape.

“I can’t thank the interview committee and Mr. Weber enough for reccommending me. I’ve been here five years, and I feel like part of the family.”

Stroud has earned respect for guiding Destrehan’s defensive unit en route to two state championship victories in 2007 and 2008. The 2008 team, in particular, boasted a suffocating unit that led the way in a 14-3 Class 5A title win in the Superdome over West Monroe.

He’s been an assistant at DHS since 2006. He has been an assistant at Comeaux, Tara, Plaquemines and East St. John.

Weber says Stroud has already begun undertaking most of the duties as preparation for the upcoming season is underway.

“Someone needed to coach this team,” said Weber.

“It’s not official yet, but he’s in an interim position until the meeting.”

Weber noted Stroud’s character as the quality that truly fueled his decision.

“He is more concerned about the future of these young men than anything else,” Weber said. “It’s not just about winning state titles, it’s about preparing these players to succeed in life. He’s always been like that.

“I consider him a Destrehan guy. My hope is to see him take this program even further.”

Robicheaux said that he has no doubt that the right decision has been made.

“From knowing Chris as long as I have, I believe he’ll do a fantastic job,” said Robicheaux. “He truly believes in Destrehan and the Destrehan way … His greatest attribute is his enthusiasm and the excitement he brings each and every day. Nobody is going to outwork Chris.

“I’m very excited to see what he’ll bring, and I think the kids will be just as excited to play for him.”

Stroud says he seeks to maintain the standard set by his predecessor.

“The program’s not broken, so there won’t be change simply to change,” Stroud said. “We’re not changing much in terms of X’s and O’s. We’re looking to developp some quality people in our program.