Devin Dourisseau spent seven seasons as an assistant at La Joya Community HS (AZ) before being promoted to head coach heading into this fall.
Two of his first four games resulted in lopsided losses. First to powerhouse Chaparral HS (Scottsdale, AZ) by a score of 75-35 and then to Chandler Basha (AZ) 47-7. Dourisseau got the team back on track the past two weeks with wins of 63-7 and 60-0.
However, after a meeting with administration on Monday, Dourisseau decided to step down, after being accused by his superiors of running up the score.
This past weekend, during their 60-0 win over Copper Canyon, Dourisseau told AZ Central that he was threatened to be removed from the sideline if they scored another point in the contest. Reflecting on the game, Dourisseau shared that they scored a special teams touchdown and two defensive scores in the second half, and his first team offense only scored once. After that they ran the ball with his second and third team guys and continued to score.
After that conversation with administration earlier this week, where Dourisseau was told he was in the wrong, he felt it was best to step away.
The opposing coach from last week’s game, Sean Freeman at Copper Canyon said after the game everything seemed normal and added that he was surprised when he heard Dourisseau was out as head coach.
“To me, it was not that big a deal. We just got beat fair and square. It’s football. And if you’re not showing up with your A game that’s what happens.”
Every week there are blowouts in high school football where there is a clear mismatch of talent on the field, or one team just doesn’t show up mentally or physically. This is a lesson that, apparently at some schools, you can be fired for not winning enough games and for winning games by what administration deems too much…which is just wild.
Say what you want about the decision to walk away from the team, but with all the time and effort coaches pour into prepping each week and developing players, the truth is an administration with that stance is a really hard one to work for.
Head over to AZ Central to read a full run down, including comments from Dourisseau himself.
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