LUTCHER, LA (WAFB) - The last 24 hours have been a whirlwind for Dwaine Jenkins. On the heels of one of the most successful signing days in recent St. James football history, it was announced that he would be moving 20 miles east to take over Lutcher's program.
"It's been pretty crazy," said Jenkins.
After three seasons as head coach at neighboring St. James, Jenkins makes the short trip back across the river to the place where he served as assistant coach for 12 seasons.
Jenkins is now in charge of replacing Tim Detillier, a head coach with combined career record of 266 wins including four state championships. He will also take over for Detillier as the school's athletic director.
"It's really probably something that nobody wants to sign up for," said Jenkins. "It's a hard act somebody who has been as successful as has."
Jenkins was a quarterback for Detillier from 1993 to 1996 and later became the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator and assistant coach from 2000 2012.
"I've been fortunate enough to be part of the program as a player and as a coach for a long period of time but I know the landscape and I know the pressures of this job," said Jenkins.
The decision to leave St. James after finishing an 11-4 season as 3A state runners-up was not without pressure itself, but Jenkins said it came down to Lutcher's proximity to those closest to him and the quality time the move now affords him.
"We made the decision just kind of where we are at with our family. I have three young kids and if there is any opportunity to for me to spend just a couple more minutes a day or a couple more minutes a week with my kids that would be what was best for our family," said Jenkins.
Jenkins considers Detillier as a father-figure, and the former Bulldogs' head coach has no doubt that the program he helped build is in good hands.
"Boy, what a great job he did for us as offensive coordinator," Detillier said. "I knew it was only a matter of time before he was a tremendous head coach and he's proved that the last three years at St. James."
Jenkins said he expects to serve as the Wildcats' athletics director for the next few weeks before officially transitioning to that same position with the Bulldogs.