Jay Roth has stepped down as head football coach at Archbishop Rummel and Raiders assistant Nick Monica has been named his replacement, the school announced Wednesday.
Roth, 55, is relinquishing his head coaching post to concentrate on his duties as Rummel’s athletic director.
Roth coached Rummel for 24 years, compiling a record of 228-62.
A former Rummel and Nicholls State player, Roth led the Raiders to back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013, the first two state titles for the Catholic League program. Roth also led the Raiders to the state championship game on two other occasions during his tenure as coach.
“It was a difficult decision, but I am ecstatic to have Nick Monica taking over the program. His experience and dedication to our team has proven he is the right man for the job. This will give me the chance to go to more sporting events and promote all of our athletic programs. Our football team is in great hands with Nick Monica,” said Roth, via a school press release.
Monica, 36, has been an assistant at Rummel in football and baseball since 2005. He was been the Raiders’ head baseball coach since 2010.
“I am honored about being named head football coach and the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of my mentor, Jay Roth. I hope to continue the tradition of excellence that he has establish for our school and our football program,” Monica said via the school’s press release.
Monica is the son of Frank Monica, the longtime coach at St. Charles Catholic. The elder Monica has won more than 200 games on the high school level, including winning state titles at Riverside Academy, Lutcher and St. Charles. He also was an assistant coach at Tulane.
The younger Monica is a St. Charles Catholic alumnus and played baseball at the University of New Orleans.
Roth also is the son of a well-regarded high school coach. Jay’s father, Easten, was Rummel’s head football coach from 1978-1982.