WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) - After four seasons at the helm of the Westlake football program, Rams Head coach Phil Fontenot is resigning.
“I’ve been around these kids for a long time and you fall in love with them like they are your own kids,” Fontenot said. “They were disappointed, but I explained to them that whoever the school board decides to hire to takeover my position, they will be a quality person with quality values because that’s what we teach here at Westlake. They have nothing to worry about. I told them, wherever I end up, I’m behind Westlake 100 percent.”
Fontenot leaves the Rams program with an 11-31 record over four years. His best season with Westlake came in 2017 as the Rams made the playoffs for the first time since 2014. The team upset Jena in the first round before a tight loss in the second round to Northwest.
“Last year (2017) was our best season. We had five wins, we battled a lot of injuries, but when we finally got all the kids healthy again we were able to put all the puzzle pieces together. We ended up going two deep into the playoffs and it really changed the morale around this place," Fontenot said. “When we showed back up for August camp, I thought we showed up hot and then we hit the injury bug again and the domino effect started.”
As Fontenot enters his 25th year of coaching, he says his next move will likely come as an assistant coach.
“I felt like this decision was best for me and for the Westlake football program, for me to step down and move in a different direction.”