State champion Riverside football coach Bill Stubbs retires

Published 4:42 pm Wednesday, December 7, 2016

RESERVE — Just days after leading the Riverside Academy football team to its first Louisiana High School Athletic Association state title, Rebels head coach Bill Stubbs announced his retirement.

Stubbs met with the team Tuesday afternoon to deliver the news. Assistant coach Chris Lachney, who has served as Stubbs’ defensive coordinator, was named his successor.

“I knew I was coming into my fifth year,” Stubbs said. “I knew what it would really take to try to fulfill my obligation to Riverside. At the same time, I’m getting older, so I was like, ‘OK. I’ve got to get this done.’ All the stars just aligned. I’m ready to go do stuff with my family.”

Stubbs was hired in February of 2012 to replace Mickey Roussel.

He had led Salmen High School to three Class 4A state titles and compiled a career record of 143-40 in 15 seasons from 1997 to 2001.

In five seasons at Riverside, Stubbs led the Rebels to a record of 51-13 and four consecutive district championships. Over the course of his 19 years as a head coach Stubbs was 194-55.

The Rebels were 12-1 this season and captured the school’s first state title since joining the LHSAA. Riverside won eight titles in the defunct Louisiana Independent Schools Association in the 1980s.

Stubbs led the Rebels to a runner-up finish last year, losing to Notre Dame in the championship game.

This year the Rebels faced archrival St. Charles Catholic in the final and took a 47-20 victory.

“They capped this thing off for me like nobody’s business,” Stubbs said. “My dad always said, ‘If you get a chance to go out a winner, you should go out a winner.’ I always tried to listen to my dad.”