by Lee Brecheen
June 24, 2011 – Very few public school coaches in Louisiana in 5A have won as many games and played in as many State Championship games as Head Coach Ted Davidson in the last six years. Actually Coach Davidson has led the Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams to four state title games in six years as a Head Coach and won TWO of them. They were State Champs in 2006 and also this past year in 2010. They were runner ups in 2005 and 2007 in the Superdome in 5A. The only other 5A coach that has the same resume in the last 6 years is Don Shows of West Monroe High School.
Ted Davidson grew up near Paducah, Kentucky, where he lived until his Junior year of high school. Ted’s dad was a highway construction worker in Kentucky, and decided to take an offshore salesman job working in New Orleans when Ted was going into his Junior year in high school. Ted Davidson enrolled at East Jefferson High School, where he played defensive line on the same team as the late legendary two sport Athlete Mike Miley. Mike signed with LSU for Baseball and Football, and went on to the California Angels of the Major Leagues, where he was teammate with legendary Pitcher Nolan Ryan.
About Mike Miley, Coach Davidson said, “Mike Miley was the best overall Athlete I’ve ever been around, and our high school baseball team won the State Championship in 1971 with Mike Miley. Mike Miley was a junior in football my senior year of high school at East Jefferson.”
Coach Davidson has been Acadiana’s Head Coach since 2004. Prior to that, he was with the school as an assistant coach since 1981. He said, “Lee this will be my 31st year at Acadiana. I coached with the legend Bill Dotson from 1981 to 1996 as an Assistant and Head Coach Willard Hanks as an Assistant from 1997 to 2003 all at Acadiana High School.
If your reading this it’s remarkable what this man has done as a head football coach, paying his dues as an assistant for all those years at one high school. Then in 2004 he was named head coach, and he’s been to the Superdome four times with Two State Titles, and a record of 76 wins and 19 losses since he was named head coach in 2004.
|Micah Eugene when he was at Acadiana|
I asked Head Coach Ted Davidson who his top players of all time were at Acadiana in 31 years. He said, “Lee, in no particular order I will start with Running Back Troy Jones in 1983 to 1984. He played for Texas A&M then finished at McNeese State in Lake Charles. This kid was a phenomenal Athlete. He could do it all, and he was the best at whatever he did whether it was shooting pool, Basketball or Football he was the best at it. Next is Alley Broussard (Running Back, LSU) who was a big time player for us. Linebacker Jacob Cutrera from LSU who is now currently with the Jacksonville Jaguars was a great player. There was our 1989 Quarterback Chris Mouton who was a great high school player with coolness under pressure and a great work ethic. Kicker Drew Alleman, current LSU Kicker, was great under pressure here and made some big kicks for us. Athlete Micah Eugene who is at LSU and Athlete Bakari Hollier who is at Memphis were great players, and Defensive End Wilford Journet was dominant here as a Defensive player.”
What most people don’t know about Head Coach Ted Davidson at Acadiana High School is he’s one of the best Offensive Line coaches in High School football in the United States. That’s not bad for a guy who played Defensive Line in high school and in College at Southeastern University from 1970 to 1973 in Hammond, Louisiana. When you play his teams you better be ready to bring your toughness and come out of the gate wanting it, or his teams will control the clock pushing back your Defensive Line and front seven, six yards every play. Acadiana teams have that personality from their head coach. They’re all tough and committed to finishing games from start to finish every week.
Ted Davidson also has a great veteran staff led by longtime Acadiana Assistant Scott McCullough and also Dawson Durbin, who was at Carencro for many years when they had Kevin Faulk (LSU), Damien James (LSU), and Derrick Beavers (LSU and McNeese State).
I really enjoyed meeting up with Coach Ted Davidson at Acadiana High School this week at 5:50 AM right before his team did off season workouts. It was fun talking football and also about his current team. I also enjoyed talking to the whole team and seeing for my eyes that there’s still some really good talent at the school for the 2011 season to maybe make another run.
To read more on the Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams, we will have an in depth preview on all of Acadiana’s top players for the upcoming 2011 season in our 2011 preview issue of Louisiana Football Magazine which you can pre-order at www.lafootballmagazine.com/store.
Acadiana High School Notes
- Ted Davidson started coaching high school football after he finished at Southeastern in 1973, at Walker High School as an Assistant for five years then Head Coach for one year
- Ted Davidson gave then Assistant David Currier his first job at Walker High School, when Ted left for Acadiana High School in 1981. David Currier is now current Kentwood High School Head Coach.
- After talking to Coach, I learned that Prairie View A&M visited the school for the first time to recruit his players this spring.
- Alabama’s Starting Punter for 2010 and for 2011 is former Acadian Ram, Cody Mandell, who stands 6-4 215 pounds and has a NFL future.