Local prep coaches part of Centenary’s football search

By TONY TAGLAVORE, Journal Sports

The Shreveport-Bossier Journal has learned that one former and one current Shreveport high school coach could be in the mix to lead Centenary College back on the football field.

Centenary has called a 10:30 Wednesday morning press conference to announce the head coach of its first varsity football team in more than 50 years. The squad is to begin play on the NCAA Division III level in 2024.

Sources close to the search process said former Evangel Christian Academy head coach Byron Dawson and current Huntington High head coach Steve Dennis have both spoken at length with Centenary officials, but the job might go to another as yet unidentified candidate.

A source said former Northwestern State University defensive line coach Jake Landoll applied, but has since accepted a position at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. He was not interviewed.

Centenary officials declined comment, but expressed excitement about Wednesday’s announcement.

Dawson played at Evangel and LSU before becoming the Eagles’ head coach. In seven seasons, Dawson led Evangel to a 61-22 record, including the 2016 LHSAA Division I state championship. Earlier this year, Tulane announced that Dawson, who had been on its defensive staff since leaving Evangel, would not return.

Dennis is 28-24 on Raspberry Lane, with the second-most wins in school history. He has taken the Raiders to the playoffs three straight years.