by Lee Brecheen
|Lutcher Head Coach Tim Detillier|
June 10, 2011 – Very few coaches in their lifetime spend most of their years coaching at one school like Tim Detillier, current Head Coach of the Lutcher High School Bulldogs at the 4A level in Louisiana. Coach Detillier is a three time State Championship coach for Lutcher High School in 2003, 2006, and 2008. What’s amazing is not only was Head Coach Tim Detillier the Head Coach for three state titles, but he was an assistant coach for two more state titles at Lutcher in 1978 and 1983. Lutcher High School has six state titles in Football, and Coach Detillier was there for five of the six. He also graduated from Lutcher High School as a student.
The only reason he missed the one state title in 1975 was because he was a student at LSU. Tim Detillier has 28 years of coaching at Lutcher as a Head Coach and assistant combined. He was only away from the school for four years as a student at LSU and five years as Head Coach of St. Charles Catholic right down the street in Laplace from 1985 to 1990.
His resume overall is incredible with 159 Wins and 73 losses at Lutcher, and 219 Wins and 97 losses overall as a Head Coach. Like I mentioned above, he has three state titles, three semifinals in the playoffs at Lutcher, and three at St. Charles. What I really think is incredible is in his 28 years at Lutcher, he’s never missed the playoffs as a Head Coach or assistant coach at Lutcher High School. As a Head Coach he’s taken Lutcher High School to the playoffs from his first year in 1991 to the present 2010.
I asked Coach Detillier who were his hero mentors in coaching and this is what he had to say.
“Lee, I would say Frank Monica, who actually coached me in baseball at Lutcher, and as you know, is the current Head Football Coach of St. Charles Catholic. Also Jack Andre who coached me in my freshman and sophomore year, and then Lou St. Amant and David Richard in my junior and senior seasons of high school football. They all had an impact on my coaching career.”
I also asked a tough question to Coach Detillier about the greatest and most special players he’s ever coached or knew of from Lutcher which has had so many throughout the years.
|Former Lutcher WR Jarvis Landry|
He said, “Lee this is a tough answer, but I would have to say players I’ve coached as a Head Coach at Lutcher would have to be WR Jarvis Landry, QB Gavin Webster, LB Rolando Melancon, and LB Lawrence Williams. Jarvis was the best player I’ve ever coached for dominating a position, Webster was the best Athlete not just in football but also in Baseball, Melancon never had a lineman take over a game like this kid, and Williams is the best Linebacker I’ve ever had as a Head Coach. Currently RB Daniel Taylor would have to be in that group, who’s the schools all time leading rusher. He broke Mike Montz’s record as a junior in 2010. As a assistant, I would say Fullback Mike Montz, who went to LSU, QB Terrance Jones -Tulane, DB Lionel Washington – Tulane, and current NFL Oakland Raiders assistant and Fullback Tommy Minieville. I can’t leave out legends from Lutcher before my time like RB Charlie Whitney – Southeastern, former Lutcher QB Durel Matherne who rotated with QB Warren Rabb at LSU during the 1958 National Championship season, and QB and Kicker Eddie Bleakly.”
Tim Detillier is one of the best High School football coaches in Louisiana at any level, and coaches at a school which has a mascot like the Georgia Bulldogs. Their jerseys look like LSU when they come out to the field (Purple & Gold), and their fans are as passionate as any fans I’ve ever seen from the high school level in my lifetime.
I would like to thank Head Coach Tim Detillier for hosting me around the offseason workouts which I attended, and all of the assistant coaches there were great.
I will have more on the Lutcher football team and its players in the 2011 Louisiana Football Magazine preview issue, which you can pre-order now at www.lafootballmagazine.com/store.
- Lutcher could be called Defensive Back U in Louisiana for high schools. They currently have 6 defensive Backs in college, and (get this) all 6 players were starting together at one time at Lutcher or rotating in a game. They are Kymest Williams (5-8, 180) from Central Florida, who plays WR and is now a NFL Prospect, Dexter McCoil (6-4, 190) from Tulsa who is a NFL Prospect, Todd Washington (5-11, 185) from Southeastern who is a NFL Prospect, Jarron Jackson from McNeese State, Fred Thomas (5-10, 175) and Rico Albert (6-1, 200) both at Northwestern State, and Albert is a NFL Prospect. A seventh defensive back will be playing college football in 2012, and that’s Cornerback Jordan Batiste (5-10, 175) who’s committed currently to Ole Miss.
- Current Offensive Coordinator Dwain Jenkins is coaching the Wide Receivers and Tight Ends for the Bayou Bowl for the Louisiana team in Texas this coming Saturday.
- Every State Championship Lutcher won in 2003, 2006, 2008, 1975, 1978 and 1983 where all won by Quarterbacks in their junior year at Lutcher. This year’s team (get this) has two upcoming juniors rotating in Ruston Matherne, grandson of Durel Matherne, and Jared Poche. Both are talented kids at the position.
- Seven current coaches for the Lutcher football are graduates of Lutcher High School.
- Chris Hymel, current Lutcher Offensive Line Coach and former Lutcher Bulldog, is entering his second year on the staff, but recently finished playing college football in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, not for Alabama, but Stillman College.
Former Lutcher QB Dustin Mitchell
Former Lutcher High School QB Dustin Mitchell, who went on to star for Louisiana Tech as a Tight End, was working out at the school when I went by and looked like an All Pro Tight End. Dustin was 6-3, 225 pounds at Lutcher High School when I last saw him in person, but at Tech and currently he’s a ripped lean 6-3, 245 pounds. His current bench press is 365 pounds, and squat is 525. When the lock out is over, he will be a hot commodity to sign as a Free Agent for the 2011 Season.
- Current Running Back Daniel Taylor broke former Running Back Mike Montz’s career rushing record for Lutcher, which was 3,030 yards, and also Mike’s Touchdowns which were 36 in his junior year in 2010. Daniel also broke Jarvis Landry’s all purpose yards at Lutcher which was 4,311 yards. He has one more year to play in 2011.
- Lutcher is one of the few schools in Louisiana that draws between 300 to 500 people every Tuesday night during the season to hear Head Coach Tim Detillier speak to his Lutcher Fans. They have a club that’s been around over 55 years called The Lutcher Quarterback Club. I know a lot of DI colleges that don’t draw that many people for a speaking engagement for a coach. They sell over 500 dinner plates every Tuesday to support the team, and trust me its good stuff; I’ve had it as a past speaker.