Saturday, May 18, 2024

High school football: Brotherton steps down at Haughton, accepts position as assistant principal; Matthew Sewell named head coach

by Russell Hedges
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Jason Brotherton has stepped down as head football coach at Haughton and accepted a position as assistant principal at the school.

Matthew Sewell, a 27-year-old former Haughton player who served as offensive coordinator last season, has been named the school’s new head coach.

Brotherton replaced Rodney Guin in 2016 after serving as an assistant under him for 16 years. He went 55-36 in eight seasons. In 2019, the Bucs reached the Class 5A semifinals, falling to Destrehan 27-17.

Last season, Haughton went 4-6 and missed the playoffs for the only time in Brotherton’s tenure.

Brotherton is the son of Bob Brotherton, who was a coach at Haughton for 33 years, and brother of Coy Brotherton, the head coach at Parkway.

Brotherton met with the team at 7:30 Tuesday morning to tell the players about the change.

Sewell was offensive coordinator under Coy Brotherton for three seasons before coming to Haughton.

He is the son of Leslie Barnes Sewell and Mike Sewell. He is married to the former Morgan Gatlin, daughter of former Parkway and Northwood head coach, Jim Gatlin. The have a 1-year-old daughter, Olivia.

He started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Ruston while attending Louisiana Tech. In 2015 and 2016, he was a volunteer assistant at Haughton where he was a student from 2010-14 playing football and baseball.

He was set to become a full-time assistant at Haughton at 22 but was hired by Coy Brotherton as offensive coordinator when Coy became head coach at Parkway in December of 2019,

In his three seasons at Parkway, the Panthers went 18-14. Parkway reached the quarterfinals of the non-select Division I playoffs in 2021.

One of his players was running back Jaylan White, who became the school’s all-time leading rusher.

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