Dufrense named new DeQuincy football coach

Matthew Dufrense

By Rodrick Anderson, American Press

The last two open head football coach positions in Calcasieu Parish were filled on Friday, Jan. 17.

Sulphur High School hired Tyler (Texas) Junior College offensive coordinator Chris Towery, and DeQuincy High School promoted offensive line coach Matt Dufresne.

Dufrense it getting his first head coach job after 16 seasons as an assistant at three schools. Dufresne, a 2003 Sulphur High School and 2010 McNeese State University graduate, was the Tigers’ offensive line coach in 2019. He was the offensive coordinator at Sulphur from 2014 to 2018.

DeQuincy High School Principal Craig Neal confirmed the hiring.

Dufresne got his start in coaching in 2004 as a nonfaculty coach at South Beauregard. He spent the next 14 years at Sulphur, coaching the defensive line and special teams before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2014.

Dufresne takes over for Charlie Smith, who led the Tigers for five seasons with a quarterfinal run in 2018.

“Coach Smith did a really good job of getting the program back,” Dufresne said. “He won three playoff games in his tenure.

“The most important thing is trying to further along the culture and change it a little as far as being elite and a hard-nosed team. You are going to have to play hard and elite football for 48 minutes. We are not going to be out of the games early. We are going to build an elite culture here at DeQuincy High School.”