Moreau brings championship pedigree to Ascension Catholic

Kyle Riviere
High football is almost under way

Ascension Catholic High is now in the capable hands of a man who knows all about winning, winning often and earning championships.

Doug Moreau has taken over the reigns as the new Bulldogs head coach in hopes to turn the program around and start a new winning tradition.

Moreau was most recently the offensive coordinator at St. Amant, but there was a time when he was the Gators' head coach.

He patrolled the sidelines of "The Pit" for 13 years and in that time, St. Amant won six district championships and made countless playoff appearances.

But even before taking over as head coach at St. Amant, Moreau was already building a indelible legacy while at Winnfield High--leading them to a state title in 1982.

It's been a while since he's taken over a program, but he's excited to finally get back to what he enjoys the most about being a head coach: working with the kids.

"I wanted to be with the kids again. I missed working with them," Moreau said.

He inherits an Ascension Catholic squad that made it to the playoffs with a 4-6 record a year ago. Once in the postseason, they were beaten soundly by Ouachita Christian.

It's a very young team with only seven seniors, and they only return five starters. However, many players saw substantial action a year ago on both sides of the ball.

The Bulldogs lost last year's starter at quarterback in Collin Rowland, but junior D.J. Latino is ready to step up in his place.

Center Luke Albarado and tackle Alex Sotile will anchor the offensive line while tight end Matt Reed looks to be Latino's security blanket in the passing game.

Thomas Gros will transition from receiver to wing-back in Moreau's triple-option flexbone attack.

With any new coaching regime, there's always a new philosophy that can result in a difficult transition, but Moreau said that everything has gone smoothly thus far.

"It's been good. I've had to adjust to the smaller numbers because it's a much smaller school, but it's football all the same," Moreau said. "Everything is the same except that we don't have as many people. The same things apply to make it a good program--like discipline."

Something just as important to Moreau as discipline is trust.

"In any new situation, you have to development trust in each other." Moreau said. "I have to be able to trust them as players, and they have to trust me as their coach. And so far, we're progressing along really well.."

With that said, if anyone thinks that his championship pedigree will rub off on his players, he doesn't want to hear it.

"I don't think the past means a whole lot right now," Moreau said. "When the rubber meets the road, you have to practice hard, and you have to play hard. The guys have been working real hard and progressing well. There will be adversity. They just have to be able to handle that adversity and keep fighting."

One of the main things that could introduce some of that adversity for the Bulldogs will be their lack of depth.

"We've got good players to line up; we're just thin just like a lot of teams in 1A," Moreau said. "We don't have many guys we can plug in if our starters go down. A lot of the guys are young."

Ascension Catholic will have their first chance to work out the kinks tomorrow in their fall scrimmage at home against Northlake Christian.

On Aug. 23, they will play in the All-Catholic Jamboree at Redemptoris High against Redemptoris.

Moreau is looking forward to seeing how his team will respond to the definite adversity; he's optimistic.

"I think we're headed in the right direction," Moreau said. "Once the season starts and adversity hits for the first time, we'll find out."