From 2013 to 2016, Devon Breaux could be summed up in one word for Tulane athletics: standout. Not only was he a playmaker on the gridiron, catching 42 passes for 640 yards and five touchdowns, but Breaux also established himself as a star in track and field when he won the AAC long jump in 2015. He helped see Tulane’s football program through the transition from C-USA to the American and following his college career, played briefly in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger Cats.
For all his accomplishments as an athlete, though, he now gets the chance to turn his attention toward the new challenge of being the guy calling the shots.
It was announced over the weekend that Breaux has been hired as the new head football coach for Thrive Academy in Baton Rouge, LA. After a two-year stint as an assistant at his own high school alma mater of Donaldsonville he came over to Thrive as an assistant last spring.
“Mentoring these young men and helping them become the best people they can be is more important than anything we do on the field,” Breaux told The Advocate. “I learned that from my high school coach, Terence Williams, who made a huge difference in my life. I hope I can do those same thing here.”
The Bulldogs make Breaux their third HC in as many years with the hopes of changing their fortunes on the field. Last season Thrive, who competes at the 1A District 6 level in Louisiana, went 0-5 and lost each game by a wide margin.
“I know this is a young program with a lot of young players. We made progress in the spring, and we are going to keep working and hopefully grow together,” Breaux said.
Thrive kicks off their 2021 season against Gueydan on September 2.