St John Plaquemine alum Woody Cagnolatti, who played for the Eagles from 2000-2003 under Erik Willis, has returned home to take over as new head coach.
Cagnolatti has since coached at Vandebilt Catholic, Brusly and Thibodaux as an assistant coach, before now getting his first head coaching gig.
St. John, which played with 23 on the team last year, is replacing its entire offensive and defensive lines from a squad that finished 5-5, before a playoff lost in the first round to state champion Southern Lab.
Cagnolatti said he wants expectations at St. John to return to what they were when he played with the Eagles.
"You want to be practicing Thanksgiving week. That was a big expectation here and you know that's our goal," Cagnolatti. "Obviously you have small goals and they'll lead to your bigger ones, but if we can just get the kids to believe that, if they keep competing every day, good things will happen for them, maybe they can get that sense of, that high expectation. Because they should have high expectations for themselves."
"Makes them more traditional. When Coach played they had a winning tradition. So it kind of makes us want to get back to that, " said senior Timmy Jumonville.
"It's going well, I like Coach Woody. I think he's a great coach, and I think we'll have a great season," senior linebacker and fullback Nicholas Alexander.
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