A Washington State great and former Seattle Seahawk is the new head coach for the Fort Vancouver football program.
Steve Broussard, the 1989 Pac-10 offensive player of the year and a nine-year veteran of the National Football League, was officially named the school’s coach Wednesday morning.
“To me, it’s an opportunity to give these young men some direction, some positive energy, some work ethic,” Broussard said. “I want to change lives. That’s what it’s all about. Coaching is about teaching and mentoring and having a positive impact. … I’m looking to inspire and motivate these young men for life after football, too.”
Broussard joined the coaching ranks soon after his playing career concluded after the 1998 season. He has head coaching experience in high school football in California. He also has been an assistant coach at Washington State, Arizona State, Portland State, SMU and UCLA. Last year, he was an assistant coach at Union High School.
“We are excited to have Steve Broussard, with his wealth of experience and knowledge, in the Fort Vancouver athletic program,” said John Schultz, the school’s athletic director.
Schultz said he met with several candidates. Broussard shined throughout the interview process with his “passion for kids and enthusiasm.”
Broussard was asked to apply for other jobs at other programs.
“He said, ‘I want to be at Fort.’ That’s huge,” Schultz said.
“He wants to give back and get our program back to the place it needs to be,” Schultz said. “He’s excited to work for our kids and elevate our program, which is something we are very excited about.”
Broussard said he can relate to the students at Fort. They remind him of his upbringing in Los Angeles.
“Fort felt more like home. It brought me back,” he said. “I knew the impact my high school head coach had on me personally. He believed in us.”
Now Broussard is telling the Trappers he believes in them.
Fort Vancouver football has not won more than two games in a season since 2007. The program has had six coaching changes since 2001, including two stints from Cal Szueber, who had been the head coach the past three seasons.
“I just want to see if I can make an impact, get these kids going, get them believing, and just get them to have some fun,” Broussard said.
A 1990 NFL first-round draft choice of the Falcons, Broussard played in Atlanta for four years before joining the Cincinnati Bengals for a season. He spent his last four years in the league with the Seahawks, scoring a career-high six touchdowns in 1997.
Broussard spent the late 1980s at Washington State. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He was named the conference’s player of the year as a senior in 1989 after leading the Pac-10 with 16 touchdowns. In 2015, Broussard was inducted into Washington State’s athletic hall of fame.