McCormick steps down as Ellender football coach

Ellender Memorial High School’s head football coach for the last four years, David McCormick stepped down from said position earlier this week.  

“I don’t want the program to get stagnant,” McCormick said on why he decided to step down. “I want the program to succeed; I want the program to prosper.” 

McCormick said the best way for the program to move forward is to bring someone else in.  

“I did some soul searching...And it’s time for somebody to come in with some fresh ideas and look at things different,” McCormick said.  “Hopefully, they can take it to the next level.”  

He believes he did everything he could to build the program up during his time as head coach, McCormick said, including getting the program financially stable, ending the nearly 20-year losing streak to rival South Terrebonne, making the playoffs and having Ellender’s second winning season in school history, among other accomplishments.  

McCormick leaves the job with a 12-29 overall record — the highest winning percentage in the school’s history at 29 percent. 

He said he does plan on coaching somewhere else, but right now he’s happy to just continue teaching at Ellender.  

“Looking back at my times as the head coach at Ellender, I would say the most enjoyable thing is watching the kids grow and develop as young men and become responsible adults,” he continued. “That’s really what this great sport is set up for; this great sport is to teach life lessons.”