Payne resigns as OHS football coach

Payne resigns as OHS football coach

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Payne resigns as OHS football coach

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Quentin Payne, who has served as Opelousas High athletic director and head football coach for the past three years, resigned both positions effective Friday afternoon, according to Principal Rodney Johnson.

Johnson said Payne delivered a brief, typed statement, announcing the resignation.

“There really wasn’t any particular reason given by (Payne) about why he might be resigning. He turned in his letter (on Friday). With that in mind, it’s all about moving forward,” Johnson said.

Payne, said Johnson, will remain employed by the school district at Grolee Elementary school until the end of the 2014-15 session.

Johnson said he will ask the St. Landry Parish School Board to advertise for the head football coach and athletic director’s positions at the board’s next regular meeting.

A copy of Payne’s typed and signed resignation statement obtained by the Daily World said, “I tender my resignation as athletic director and head football coach effective immediately.”

Attempts to reach Payne at the school’s athletic department and cell phone were unsuccessful on Friday and Saturday morning.

Payne, an Opelousas High and McNeese State graduate, became the school’s head coach and athletic director in 2012, following the resignation of Larry Dauterive.

The Tigers won two of 10 football games during the 2012 season, before failing to win a game in 2013.

This year Opelousas finished 1-9, beating Class 3A West. St. Mary in the season opener. Then the Tigers lost nine consecutive contests.

Opelousas joined District 4-4A two years ago, but during that time, the Tigers finished a combined 0-12 in league games.

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