WILDCATS TO DEAL WITH CHANGE MID-STREAM
A season of challenges has become even more challenging at East St. John.
Dennis Lorio has resigned as offensive coordinator at East St. John. Lorio had joined head coach Phil Banko when Banko took over as head coach of the Wildcats in 2011.
Lorio, who previously served as an assistant at LSU, coached Thibodaux to the first 5A state championship in 1991.
"He is a quality person and a quality coach and he will be missed," said Banko. "It has been a challenging year and our kids can handle it. We look forward to the challenge of taking on a good Hahnville team and a mentor in Lou Valdin."
Lorio felt it was the right move for both parties.
"We'll see what the good Lord has in store for me next," said Lorio. "I still have interest in being involved in football. My wife and I are taking a vacation to Denver to see the Saints and the Broncos play on October 28. This will be the first time in 39 years I will have a chance to take a deep breath during the fall. I deeply appreciate my time at East St. John and I am thankful for the opportunity."
Ron Barrileaux has taken over as offensive coordinator.
"Our players respect coach Barrileaux and have responded well to him," Banko said. "We wish Dennis nothing but the best."
East St.John lost all of its equipment and school facilities in Hurricane Isaac and have been displaced to Leon Godchaux Junior High on a platoon basis. The New Orleans Saints and others stepped up to donate equipment to East St. John to allow the Wildcats to play the 2012 season.
The Wildcats returned home to Joe Keller Stadium for the first time since the storm to post a 28-0 win over John Ehret in the 8-5A opener for both teams last Friday night in emotional fashion. East St. John has now won two straight games to improve to 2-3.
The Wildcats play at Hahnville Friday night at 7 p.m.