Newman head football coach Nelson Stewart has enriched his staff by hiring a local coach with a wealth of experience at the prep and college level.
Stewart has tabbed Wayne Cordova as his new defensive coordinator. He replaces long-time assistant coach Ken Lass, who stepped down after over two decades at the uptown school.
Cordova arrives at Newman from Tulane, where he served the past two seasons as the Director of Player Personnel-External Relations for Curtis Johnson with the Green Wave.
A native of the seventh ward, Cordova previously served as the head coach at St. Augustine (2006-2008) and served as an assistant coach at Destrehan (2012-2013) and Brother Martin (2009-2011). Cordova was serving as the Director of Player Personnel at Grambling (2013) when Johnson hired him. Cordova played at St. Augustine, graduating in 1996 before playing college football at McNeese State.
“It means a lot to be able to work with Nelson at Newman,” Cordova said. “Following behind Coach Lass is an honor as well. I’m going to tap into him as a resource. Nelson has done a great job over the years. It is a perfect time after being released at Tulane. It will be great being around good people in a very good school and a professional environment. I hope we can take it deeper into the playoffs and get Newman to a title game.”
Cordova will take a great deal of knowledge back to the prep level from his college coaching experience.
“Attention to detail in college is significant,” Cordova said. “You don’t miss much in breaking down opponents and players at the college level and work long hours. You study tendencies and use them to your advantage. Working for C.J., Eric Price, Lionel Washington and Jason Rollins was a pleasure. They were relentless in their preparation. I learned a great deal which will serve me well at Newman.”
Cordova credits his wife, Conchetta, a New Orleans native who graduated from McDonogh 35 and Southern Miss for his career and his success.
“Having a wife who understands the life of a coach is so important,” Cordova said. “It is tough being a coach’s wife and she is simply the best. I could not do any of this without her. We have five children. Staying in New Orleans is a blessing for her and for us. It is a great Easter present for our family.”