Paul Bourgeois named East Ascension football coach, athletic director

Staff reports
The Ascension Parish School Board approved the hiring of Paul Bourgeois as the new head football coach and athletic director at East Ascension.

Former Sulphur High head coach Paul Bourgeois will take over as head football coach and athletic director at East Ascension High.

The Ascension Parish School Board approved the hiring Tuesday night during a regularly-scheduled meeting.

Bourgeois, 46, was one of four finalists interviewed Monday for the job that opened Nov. 15 when John Lambert resigned after four seasons and a 4-6 record for 2010.

The Spartans wewnt 14-25 during Lambert’s tenure.

The four finalists were chosen from the 33 applicants for the position. East Ascension assistant coach Jason Brown, former Thibodaux and University High coach Dennis Lorio and Westgate assistant Gregg Hudson were the other finalists.

Bourgeois inherits the Spartans as they move into the new District 5-5A along with Ascension Parish and Baton Rouge schools St. Amant, Dutchtown, Catholic, McKinley and Woodlawn.

When classes resume at East Ascension next week, Bourgeois will get a chance to meet the players for the first time.

In eight years under Bourgeois, Sulphur reached the playoffs six times including the quarterfinals in 2005 and the Class 5A state finals in 2006. The Tors lost to Acadiana, 13-10, in the championship game. It was the Tors’ first title game appearance since the 1968 Class 3A championship.

Bourgeois compiled a 56-32 record and won four District 3-5A titles. He was named the 5A Coach of the Year in 2006.

He was the wide receivers coach for Westlake last season. The Rams won their third District 4-3A title in the last four years.

Bourgeois also spent five years as an assistant at West Monroe. He was the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach when the Rebels won their first 5A title in 1993.

He also gained experience at three Texas high schools before returning home to the Lake Charles area.

A 1987 graduate of McNeese State, Bourgeois also received a master’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe two years later.