Matt Lezotte, who turned Class A private school Aquinas into a state power after decades of mediocrity, is taking a job as an assistant coach at Wayne County.
“It was definitely my career” Lezotte told Kevin Faigle of WRDW-TV in Augusta. “Just taking different stages of my career that I wanted to be a student of another system, larger program, and this will give me the opportunity to do that with all the tools.’’
When Lezotte got the head coaching job at Aquinas in 2009, the private school had never won a state playoff game. Aquinas was 9-4 in 2011 and reached the Class A quarterfinals.
Aquinas’ 32-14 upset of Wilcox County in the second round was seen as one catalyst for the public schools’ split with the private schools in the GHSA’s lowest classification.
Aquinas was 8-3 this season. Aquinas had won eight games only two other times in its history (1998, 1972) until Lezotte arrived. Lezotte was 28-16 in four seasons.
Lezotte, 31, is an Augusta native who played quarterback at Westside and later on James Madison’s Division I-AA national championship team.
Wayne County’s head coach is Jody Grooms, who also has Augusta-area ties as he is a former coach at Lakeside of Evans.