By PETE YOUNG
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 2001
Todd St. Louis helped build the football programs at St. Petersburg Catholic and Indian Rocks Christian, taking fledgling teams to the state playoffs.
So when he sees a big school like St. Petersburg High, well, he thinks big. Very big.
"I'd like to be the first coach in the county to win a state championship," St. Louis said.
He'll get the opportunity, as St. Louis, 38, is the Green Devils' new coach.
"He had built two programs practically from the ground up," said St. Petersburg athletic director Eric Allen, who received 36 applications for the position and interviewed 12 candidates. "Though we've had some success here, we're looking at it as a clean start, and he is the right person for the job."
St. Louis was an SPC assistant for two seasons and head coach for four, from 1991-94. He was an IRC assistant for two seasons and the head coach for three, from 1997-99, when he compiled a record of 17-14.
Last season he was an assistant at Countryside, helping the Cougars to the second round of the state playoffs. He also will be a physical education teacher at St. Petersburg.
"Taking a year off and being an assistant, you find out if you want to lead, follow, or get out of the way. Well, I missed it tremendously," St. Louis said. "I'm so thrilled to have an opportunity. I know (St. Petersburg) has the numbers and facilities and the booster club and some talent. They have all of the ingredients."
St. Louis replaces Dusty Boylson, who resigned in December after coaching the Green Devils to a 46-76 record in 12 seasons.