Football Coach, 25, Wants To Show Age Is Just A Number

DONALDSONVILLE, LA (AP) — Thibodaux native Drey Trosclair always wanted to be a head football coach.

         At age 25, he just didn't think it would happen so soon.

         Trosclair, a former E.D. White Catholic High football player, is getting ready for his first season as a head football coach.

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         He was named the new football coach at Ascension Catholic High School in Donaldsonville in April, becoming the youngest in the state to hold that position. He will also serve as the school's athletic director.

         "It was always one of my future goals to become a head coach, but it happened a whole lot quicker than I would've anticipated," Trosclair said. "But I'm ready for it, and I'm excited about the opportunity to be here."

         Trosclair, who played college football as a receiver at Nicholls State University and the University of Arkansas-Monticello, said he was shocked to get the head coaching job at Ascension Catholic in April. After his college career ended in 2012, he was an assistant coach for only two seasons, serving at Ascension Catholic in 2013 and Vandebilt Catholic last year.

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         When former Ascension Catholic coach Doug Moreau retired earlier this year, Trosclair said he decided to throw his hat in the mix and see if he had a shot of getting the job.

         After interviewing for the spot, Trosclair said he later found out he was picked for the job while working as an assistant baseball coach at Vandebilt. Two hours before the Terriers played a district baseball game against South Terrebonne, Trosclair said he got a call from Ascension Catholic telling him he was selected as the next head football coach.

         "It's a blessing," Trosclair said. "It was a surprise. A lot of people put a lot of years into it before they actually step into a position like this. I'm just fortunate to be able to do it. I just can't thank the administration enough for trusting me that I can get this job done."

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         Trosclair said the transition has gone smooth so far. He is taking over a football team that had a 8-3 overall record, which includes a trip to the Division IV select regional round of the playoffs, where it lost to Madison Prep.

         He has dedicated plenty of time, working seven days a week and long hours every day, toward preparing for the season, he said. His main goals are to help Ascension Catholic win games and serve as a mentor to all the athletes in the program.

         "It is a lot of pressure, but I do this because I love it," Trosclair said. "This is not just a job for me. I wake up every morning excited to come to work. It's a blessing for me to be in this position and just to be able to do what I love. Since I was 10 years old, I've always had a ball in my hand. This is what I knew I wanted to do. There was no other profession for me. I want to be a role model. I want to help the players leave this program as successful young men."

         Trosclair, who is a 2008 E.D. White Catholic High graduate, will get big support from his family and friends back home in Thibodaux.

         E.D. White football coach Chris Bergeron said he is rooting for his former player.

         "He's 25 years young, but he's got some experience," Bergeron said. "He's worked at some good schools. He's got some college playing experience. He'll be OK. I don't think youth is going to be a factor in his success."

         Bergeron said Trosclair showed leadership qualities as a player and student at E.D. White.

         "He's going to be a good coach. He's got a good, strong work ethic," Bergeron said. "He's going to put in the time it takes to be successful. We're going to follow his career, and we hope it's a good thing for him."

         Trosclair said he is grateful to have worked with many great coaches over the years, including Moreau, Bergeron, former E.D. White head coach and current Cardinals assistant coach Kyle Lasseigne, former Nicholls State head football coach Jay Thomas, Arkansas-Monticello head football coach and Thibodaux native Hud Jackson and Vandebilt football coach Jeremy Atwell.

         "I've been around a lot of really great coaches. That's a fortunate thing for me," Trosclair said. "You learn so much about different schemes from each coach. Everybody has their own system that they do. I've been about to take some things from each coach and create my own philosophy."

         Trosclair said he knows there will be challenges in his first season at Ascension Catholic, which opens its regular season schedule with a road contest against Gueydan at 7 p.m. Friday.

         Although the Bulldogs had a 8-3 record last year, they lost the majority of their senior players to graduation and only return four starters. Trosclair said 22 of his 43 players are freshmen.

         "We've had some success here. Coach Moreau did a great job," Trosclair said. "I'm just trying to get this program to the next level. The future is bright. We're going to have a big football team in a couple of years, so it's good to set the foundation and build on what we actually want to do."

         Trosclair said he understands that there will be plenty of questions about his age, but he is ready to show what he could do.

         "It doesn't matter how old or young you are," Trosclair said. "As long as you can have an impact on those kids lives, that's what it is all about."

         – by AP Reporter Chris Singleton with The Courier

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