Just over two weeks ago, the Leesville football program found itself without a head coach. On Friday afternoon, they found their man.

Just over two weeks ago, the Leesville football program found itself without a head coach.

On Friday afternoon, they found their man.

And he was there all along.

Robbie Causey, a 12-year veteran of the Leesville High School football staff, was named the Wampus Cat head coach, ending a 15-day search for Tommy Moore's successor.

According to LHS principal Tammie Phillips, Causey stood out due to his experience and qualifications.

“Out of the people we interviewed, Coach Causey was the most qualified,” she said. “He was by far the most qualified.”

Though this is his first time being a head football coach, Causey has seen his share of football during his coaching days.

A 1987 graduate of Winnfield High School, Causey coached for three years in Winnfield as he was attending Northwestern State University. He coached for two years at Winnfield Middle School and was on the staff at Winnfield Senior High School when he was doing his student teaching.

He graduated from NSU in the fall of 1993 and spent one semester at Eunice High School before going to Crowley.

He coached at Crowley before departing for Delhi High School, where he was an assistant football coach and a head girls' basketball coach.

After leaving Delhi, he spent a year in Jena and one at Haynesville before arriving in Leesville in 1999. For the next 12 years, Causey patrolled the sidelines at Leesville High School as a defensive coordinator and led the Cats in the weight room as well. He coached a number of standouts at Leesville High School during this time before making the decision to go into administration.

He became an assistant principal at Leesville Junior High and spent three years in that spot before ascending to the principal's position there two years ago.

But something was calling him back to Leesville High School. So earlier this year, he decided to get back into coaching and landed on the staff at LHS, where he was going to be the defensive coordinator, along with the main coach in the weight room.

“I got out of the coaching business to be a principal and I got out of the principal business because I just wanted to come back and coach,” Causey said. “I was going to just come back and take over the weight room and coach defense. I never expected to be the head coach, but the Lord opened the door for me and I stepped through it.”

Causey, who describes himself as “Leesville through and through,” is determined to bring back the fight and desire shown by the Wampus Cats during his days on the sideline.

“When I coached at Leesville, we coached our kids to play hard from whistle to whistle, to never quit,” he said. “That what I want to bring back. I want to be a part of a program that we can all be proud of, that the fans and followers of Leesville can be proud of. I want our players to never stop competing, never give up. Continuous effort, that's what it's all about.”

The Wampus Cats open up fall workouts at 2 p.m. Monday, with their first game taking place on Friday, Sept. 2, at Westlake. The home opener is a week later against South Beauregard.

Causey has two children, Chloe and Carter Causey.