MORGAN CITY — Morgan City High School football coach and athletic director Brandon Nowlin was one of five candidates set to be interviewed Wednesday for the head coaching vacancy at Central Lafourche High School, according to Central Lafourche athletic director Travis Douglas.
Nowlin, who just completed his third year as head football coach at Morgan City, was one of seven applicants for the job, which has been vacant since mid-October when former coach John Callahan resigned.
Douglas said a replacement could be presented to the Lafourche Parish’s School Board as early as Friday.
Attempts to reach Nowlin Tuesday afternoon and evening as well as Wednesday morning were unsuccessful.
Morgan City Principal Mickey Fabre said at halftime of Tuesday’s girls’ basketball game between Morgan City and Patterson that he had literally just learned of Nowlin’s interest in the job Tuesday evening from someone besides Nowlin and wanted to do more research into it.
“I didn’t even read the article,” he said referring to the Monday article on Bayou Preps.com, a section of the Houma Courier and Thibodaux Daily Comet, which listed Nowlin as a candidate. “I don’t know anything about it.”
The news was so new to Fabre that he said he didn’t even know the name of the school Nowlin was applying to until The Daily Review informed him it was Central Lafourche.
He said Nowlin hasn’t expressed displeasure to him, but he said he wasn’t shocked by the move.
“If he’s exploring other options, we wish him the best of luck, honestly, because he’s done a great job for us here at Morgan City High … If he’s looking at getting closer to home or whatever, we wish coach the best of luck,” Fabre said. “I really don’t want to comment because I don’t know (facts) about anything … I want to do a little bit more research … Our policy is pretty much if anybody wants to pursue another job, we’re OK with that. We support that.”
Fabre said he would discuss the recent development with Nowlin when he meets with him for his annual meeting to discuss the football season.
Besides Nowlin, other candidates are Ronald Turpin, assistant football coach and head baseball coach at Woodlawn-Baton Rouge; Chris Towery, assistant football coach at the Dunham School; Keith Menard, athletics director and head football coach at Catholic High-New Iberia; and Rick Cauley, assistant football coach at Murphy High School in Mobile, Ala.
Nowlin owns an overall record of 11-18 in three years at Morgan City.
After a 2-8 season during his first in 2010, he finished 5-5 in 2011 and 4-5 this past year.
His squad flirted with a playoff appearance in 2011, while this year, the squad started the season 4-0 before dropping its final five contests.
The Tigers have not advanced to the playoffs since 1998.
Nowlin took over for the Tigers on the day of the 2010 jamboree when then-head coach Brett Bonnaffons was fired.
He added his athletics director position in January 2011.
Information from Bayou Preps.com was used in this article.