LAFAYETTE, La.(The Daily Advertiser) -The most successful head coach in the history of Lafayette Parish high school football announced his retirement Thursday.
Acadiana High coach Ted Davidson informed his players Thursday morning that he’s decided to retire after 42 years of coaching.
“It was tough,” Davidson said.
Davidson was an assistant coach for the Wreckin’ Rams from 1981 through the 2003 football seasons. During that span, Acadiana High made two trips to the state semifinals, but had never reached the state finals.
After one subpar season in 2004, Davidson took the Rams’ football program to heights it had never experienced with four state championships and two state runner-up finishes.
“I still enjoy it, but I’m just not sure I have the oomph that it takes anymore after 42 years,” Davidson said. “During that playoff run this year, it was hard on me. And then the way we lost (in semifinals on final play of the game in overtime), it just ripped my heart out.”
Davidson, who finished with a career heading coaching record of 154-46, said he expects his replacement to be “an in-house hire” but nothing has been decided.
“Bill (Dotson) was the only outsider ever hired here (as head football coach), so I would think that would continue,” Davidson said. “There are several guys on the staff capable of doing it.”