Every high school football team’s goal is the same — to make a run at the Dome.
For Central Lafourche, the new man leading that chase is a coach who lead his team to the Dome last fall and who also played there as a player at John Curtis.
The Trojans announced today that they’ve hired Aaron Meyer to be the team’s next coach.
Meyer, 34, was at White Castle for the past three seasons, including a magical ride last fall when the team made the Class 1A State Championship Game.
Meyer said he can’t wait to get to work in Mathews, a place he’s familiar with.
Meyer was the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Central Lafourche for a few months in 2016.
As a player, he played four seasons as a lineman at UCLA.
“When I was there, I thought it was a great place, but I just knew I had head coaching aspirations,” Meyer said. “Central Lafourche is not a job that turns over a lot. Coach (Keith) Menard did a great job. When I saw that it had opened up, I knew that it was something that I was interested in. I’m thankful and blessed that administration is giving me this opportunity and I can’t wait to get going.”
At White Castle, Meyer took a young core group and helped turn them into winners.
He got the job in 2017, and in his first two seasons, the team went 5-17. But as his young group matured, White Castle got better and in 2019, the team soared, posting a winning season, then catching fire in the playoffs, making it all the way to the State Championship Game.
Meyer said leaving White Castle was hard, and he actually did summer conditioning with the team today — his last day at the school.
But he said the opportunity to jump to one of the most competitive Class 5A districts was too difficult for him to pass up.
Meyer is a native of Luling, so he said he’s familiar with the Hahnville’s, Destrehan’s and East St. John’s of the world — among the many tough foes the Trojans have to play in their district.
“I know that 7-5A is one of the toughest districts in the state — I do know that,” Meyer said. “If you can win ballgames in that district, you’re probably going to make a deep run. So we want to come in there, build and help these young men for the four years that we have them — to make them the best people that they can be.”
Meyer said he is a spread offense coach, but there will be some Wing T principles mixed in. “
“We will probably run more than we pass,” Meyer said.
But the coach also stopped himself after that sentence and said he alters and tweaks his personnel each year to make sure that his teams are utilizing their playmakers.
Meyer said he knows he has some catching up to do once in Mathews, but added that he’s not overly concerned because he feels that everyone is behind the 8-ball because of the coronavirus.
Meyer said he’s been told that the Trojans have more than 100 kids in their program and he’s grateful and ready to get to work.
“It feels great,” Meyer said of the opportunity. “It was relaxing in a sense. You know, when you interview for a job, it’s stressful. You’re nervous and on edge and you just want to know either way — good or bad. But when they call and tell you that the job is yours, it’s a great feeling and we’re excited. My family is excited. I’m excited. We just can’t wait to get down there and get going.”