Kavanaugh steps away from head coaching role at North Caddo

LOTS OF SUCCESS:   North Caddo’s football program enjoyed plenty of success in Johnny Kavanaugh’s five seasons as head coach, but will have new leadership next season.


With a Facebook post Tuesday morning, Johnny Kavanaugh provided a holiday surprise.

After five quite successful seasons as head football coach at North Caddo, Kavanaugh announced he is stepping away from that role, without being specific about his future plans, but with every indication he will move on from the school, as well.

Kavanaugh finished with a 33-21 record, guiding the Titans to playoff appearances in each season. His 2021 team won a school-record 10 games, advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time and scored a school-best 516 points. He led NC to outright District 1-2A titles in 2019, 2020 and a tie for the title in 2021.

“There are times in life when you know, you just know, it’s time …” he wrote. “I know, without a doubt, this is one of those times. It’s time for me to step aside and give others a chance to take this program, and school, into the future.

“I have zero doubt that the leadership at North Caddo will put in place a coaching staff that will continue the trajectory we are on, or better yet, take things to a higher level.

“I will be forever grateful to Mrs. Annie Cherry for having faith in me, and allowing me to run the North Caddo Football Program, and Athletic Department. What an honor it has been for me.

“While all our wins, district championships, and playoff victories are special, my most lasting memories will be of the personal relationships built at North Caddo. I pray that my coaches, students, athletes, friends and the North Caddo community know how much they mean to me. I am truly blessed to have spent so many years with a group of friends that I truly love,” wrote Kavanaugh.

It’s the first coaching change for any of the 19 high school football programs in Caddo and Bossier parishes following the 2022 season.