A whirlwind of events in the athletic department over the last month ended with longtime assistant coach Scott Broussard getting the nod as the new head football coach and director of athletics for Paradise ISD.
Broussard got the job after Britt Hart resigned in May. Hart was hired in March to fill the shoes of longtime AD Danny Neighbors.
“It’s an opportunity I’ve always wanted so I was very excited with it,” Broussard said. “I had a sleepless night afterward, thinking I have to get this done and that done.
“Normally you have more time to prepare, but it seems it happened to me overnight.”
Two weeks ago he had no idea the job was even a possibility. After the official resignation of Hart at the May 20 school board meeting, Broussard was promoted the same night.
“Time has been flying by, and I’m enjoying what I’m doing,” Broussard said. “I’m trying to multi-task and keep my head above water right now. I have a lot to get done in a short amount of time.”
Broussard served as football defensive coordinator and head baseball coach at Electra before taking the same duties at Paradise eight years ago.
He hopes that familiarity will serve him well as the program makes another transition.
“I told them it doesn’t really matter who is in the office – it’s up to them to be successful,” he said about his first visit with the kids. “They already know me, and I think that makes the transition easy. There are things that will be different than before, but the kids know what to expect from me. I’ve had a good rapport with the kids, and they’ve accepted the change.”
Expect some changes, especially offensively, when the Panthers take the field next season. Broussard is planning on installing the Wing-T and says everything begins with their work ethic.
“We are going to play hard, and we are going to get after it,” he said. “I want to develop a hard-nosed football team that comes after you for four quarters. One thing I’m trying to preach to our kids is we have to outwork our opponents on and off the field, and I want them to have fun doing it.”
Besides preparing for the upcoming football season, Broussard still has to fill out his coaching staff. He is searching for a head baseball coach and defensive coordinator.
On the girls’ side, the search continues for a basketball coach and track coach. He hopes to have the positions filled in the next couple of weeks.
“I want to bring success to all sports – boys and girls side,” Broussard explained. “I want to get the program heading in that direction. We are in a tough district with tough opponents, but that is my goal.
“The harder we work the better we’re going to become.”
Broussard is taking it all in stride, and he’s glad to continue his career in the town he’s proud to call home.
“I want to be here and that’s why I’ve stayed around so long,” Broussard said. “God has a mysterious way of working sometimes, and He found a way to keep me here.”