Southwood athletic director and basketball coach Norman Picou stepped down Tuesday after arguably the best of his nine seasons at the helm for the Cowboys.
They shared the District 1-5A crown with Parkway and finished 22-7, despite losing three of their last four without starting point guard Kajuan Johnson, including a first-round playoff game against Central Lafourche. Picou said seven seniors made it the right time to take a position on Brian St. Andre’s staff at Haughton and continue teaching special education.
“It was an opportunity for me to go to work in Bossier Parish, which I think is a great school system,” Picou said in a phone interview Wednesday night. “It’s going to give me some more free time with my family and open some doors to advance my career in education in the future.”
The Ponchatoula native said he felt at home in the Haughton community, and he may help out with other sports as well. However, he emphasized his long-term goals don’t include coaching.
Picou broke the news to his players Tuesday afternoon and said the future remains bright at Southwood, even with a young team coming back next season. He took the Cowboys to the playoffs seven times and saw 19 graduates go on to play in college, including class of 2016’s Shakelvin Calhoun, a freshman at Brookhaven Community College in Texas.
Haughton went 4-22 last season and lost its first 11 District 1-5A games before beating injury-depleted Captain Shreve in the season finale.