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First Female Louisiana Head Football Coach Has Been Hired

First Female Louisiana Head Football Coach Has Been Hired

Lacy Camp

 

This past week has become a big one for Louisiana, particularly for a certain football program in Louisiana.

Baton Rouge’s Louisiana School for the Deaf (LSD), a Class C LHSAA member school, but has competed outside the LHSAA in eight-man football since the late 1990s, has hired a new football coach.

After serving as an assistant coach for 12 years and special teams coordinator, Susan Gremillion will be succeeding her husband, Darren, who will be the head powerlifting coach, assistant principal and the assistant football coach after serving 15 seasons as head coach.

“With the added responsibilities, Darren won’t be able to be there every afternoon,” Gremillion said. “But this is still his program, and he needs to be involved as much as possible. Jeff Major is our offensive coordinator, and he’s been with us a couple of years now, so all the kinks have been worked out. There’s a plan in place.”

Gremillion said that being the first woman to be a head football coach in Louisiana sounds nice.

“I know not only the kids, but all the things involved with coaching this team,” Gremillion said. “I’ve taught most of them in P.E. classes.”

Last season the LSD War Eagles finished with a 7-2 record, which has Gremillion eager to get on the field.

Gremillion said in her mind the War Eagles were two tackles and one touchdown away from the deaf national championship.

Although being the first female head football coach at a Louisiana high school might astonish some people, Gremillion is looking past the title and setting up big goals.

Especially now since the LHSAA dropped a proposal to add eight-man football from its 2015 January agenda.

“I would rather be the first woman to coach a deaf national championship team,” Gremillion said. “Or maybe in a couple of years, an eight-man state championship in the LHSAA. The goal now is to find ways to get this team to achieve those goals.”

“I don’t see any reason why she shouldn’t be successful,” said Shane Smith, the Louisiana Football Coaches Association President of Franklinton. “It would be great if they could win a deaf national championship.”

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