LIVONIA, La. (WAFB) - Stop No. 39 for Sportsline Summer Camp is with the Livonia Wildcats.
The Wildcats have a new head coach in former West Feliciana defensive coordinator Josh Laborde, who was a big part of the Saints’ run to their state championship in 2018.
Laborde is thrilled to have his first head coaching opportunity, quickly getting his feet on the ground after receiving the position on July 4.
“This is a very special community,” said Laborde. “They love their school. They love their kids ... and have been successful. Went to the dome in 2013 and won it all in 2014.”
“I like him,” said senior offensive and defensive lineman Brandon Smith. “He always talks about Wildcat pride and we have to bring that back, so I like the way things going.”
“I think things are going pretty good,” added senior safety Jaren Derogers. “It’s going to be a good season, putting in the work, working out every day, conditioning good.”
Laborde wants the Wildcats to remember Livonia’s state championship from six years ago and work towards that goal.
“Yes, sir, for sure, every day, we come here and talk about it,” said senior linebacker James Sinclair. “Leave here and talk about it. That’s what everyone wants again. It’s been too long.”
“Staying together, not chewing each other out when things go wrong, fighting through it,” added senior offensive and defensive lineman Delvontae Harris.
“We’ve got good talented young men here, good hard-working young men. This is a very blue-collar, rural country. They’re used to working hard for everything they have and that’s a big need when it comes to winning games and championships. And, I think we have that here,” Laborde explained.
Laborde is a Port Allen alum who spent 12 years with the Pelicans as an assistant. He then spent five years as an assistant at West Feliciana and captured a state championship. He is now looking to build his own championship team in Livonia. The Wildcats finished 6-4 in 2019.
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