West Baton Rouge Parish may have lured away Zachary principal to become its School Board Superintendent, but a longtime WBR coach has made his way to the land of Broncos.
Mikey Fouquier heads into his first year in a school outside his native West Baton Rouge Parish. After a 10-year run that started at Port Allen, took him to Brusly and back to PAHS, Fouquier joined the Zachary coaching staff.
He joined ZHS in spring, not long after the arrival of former Livonia head coach David Brewerton, who replaced Neil Weiner as Broncos head coach.
Fouquier, 35, will coach receivers for the Broncos. He oversaw quarterbacks the last three years at Port Allen.
“I’ve been in my parish 10 years now, and I was very comfortable at Port Allen,” he said. “But this is 5A football, and you have schools like Catholic and Central, and the road to the Superdome is West Monroe, and I’ve always wanted to coach against a school like that. They’re the best in the public system, in my opinion.”
The move away from West Baton Rouge Parish poses an additional challenge for Fouquier, whose father was the late Paul Fouquier, a coach at Brusly High and principal at BHS and PAHS before he died in 2000.
The new job will move Mikey Fouquier out of his comfort zone for the first time in his career.
“It was time I step out that comfort zone and the safety net I had because of my dad, plus I wanted to get my name out a bit more,” he said.
Brewerton approached his longtime friend, Port Allen head coach Guy Blanchard, about hiring Fouquier.
Fouquier said he had no intention of leaving Port Allen.
“Blanchard encouraged me to go in for the interview,” Fouquier said. “I told Guy I had no intention of leaving Port Allen. After I listened to what Brewerton said, I realized it’s a good move.”
Fouquier’s move marks four Westbank coaches who joined the ranks at Zachary. Along with Brewerton, Livonia softball coach Kenny Langlois and LHS track coach Steve Thomas (formerly of Port Allen) also moved to ZHS.
Fouquier said he will remember working with quarterbacks such as Darian Claiborne and Alex Hebert, who will enter his senior year with the Pelicans.
“You knew that Darian would be a linebacker once he got to college, but I worked with Alex two years and I’d like to have seen him through,” he said. “I’ll miss working with them, but it was hard to turn away from the opportunity they offered me at Zachary.”
Fouquier said he’ll miss the close-knit atmosphere between players, fans and coaches in the area.
“I’ll miss knowing everyone, including the parents and the people I coached,” he said. “They either know me or they remember my dad.
“I’ll miss being around those people,” Fouquier said. “It was a tough move.”
Fouquier will join Brewerton and the coaching staff for what promises to be several key battles, including a showdown with Catholic-Baton Rouge, where Brewerton played under CHS head coach Dale Weiner. The Broncos will also tangle with Central, headed by Sid Edwards, another mentor of Brewerton.