(WAFB) - Former Christian Life Crusaders and Louisville Cardinals star quarterback Stefan LeFors is coming home to be the head football coach at Parkview Baptist. LeFors left his job at Christian Academy in Louisville on Friday, and multiple sources confirm to WAFB Sports that he’s been hired to take over the Eagles' program, replacing Jay Mayet who resigned his post last month. LeFors coached CAL for eight seasons from 2011 to 2018 and averaged more than ten wins per season, claiming two Kentucky Class 2A titles in the last three years. His last team there finished with a perfect 15-0 record.
Over the phone Monday, LeFors shared his thoughts about taking over a traditional powerhouse.
“What they stand for as a Christian school,” he said. “Going to a Christian school myself, coaching at a Christian school the last eight years, that was important to me. The tradition that they’ve had, the success that they’ve had has been amazing. You want to be part of a program that has great support, great facilities, and great kids. And that’s what they have there.”
As a senior at Christian Life in 1999, LeFors teamed with LSU star Michael Clayton at wide receiver and the Crusaders' success in the passing game landed both major college scholarships and selections to WAFB's Sportsline Friday Nite "20 Greatest Players in 20 years" list along with other NFL players like Warrick Dunn and Marcus Spears. LeFors would go on to earn All-Conference USA first-team selections in 2003 and 2004 and beat out Kentucky basketball star Tayshawn Prince to be named Sportsman of the Year by the Lexington Herald-Leader in 2004. In the 2005 NFL Draft LeFors was a fourth-round pick of the Carolina Panthers and played professionally for five seasons in the NFL and CFL.
LeFors takes over a Parkview program that has produced five state championships, four under retired Hall of Fame coach Kenny Guillot (2001, 2007, 2010 and 2012) and the last under Mayet (2015), who departed after a 5-7 season in 2018. LeFors' parents still live in the Baton Rouge area, and CAL held fundraising efforts on their behalf when the couple, who are both deaf, lost their Denham Springs home in the 2016 flood.