By Erik Harris, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — Hewitt-Trussville head football coach Josh Floyd took to Twitter on Thursday to announce an addition to his staff.
According to the social media post, Jean Cherizol will step into the passing game coordinator and receivers coach roles for the Huskies this coming fall. “Welcome coach Jean Cherizol as our new passing game coordinator and receivers coach! We are fired up to have you be a part of the Husky Football family,” posted Floyd.
After serving as the co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Prattville last season, Cherizol brings 11 years of coaching experience between gigs at the high school and college level. Under his tutelage, the Lions averaged 25 points per game last year en route to a 7-4 record and a third-place finish in Class 7A, Region 2.
The Class of 2009 Troy University graduate has a talented group to work with in Trussville, as the unit’s starting quarterback and leading receiver return in 2021. Rising senior righty Cade Ott Carruth threw for 1,729 yards and 18 touchdowns last fall. He added three rushing touchdowns.
Carruth’s No. 1 receiver, Omari Kelly, is coming off a junior season that included 913 total yards and seven receiving touchdowns for Hewitt. Kelly has since grabbed scholarship offers from several top programs including Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and others.
Cherizol’s previous coaching experience includes:
- 2017-20 — Prattville High School
- 2016 — Florida Institute of Technology
- 2015 — Pensacola High School
- 2013-14 — Colquitt County High School
- 2011-12 — Dodge City Community College
- 2010 — Troy University
Hewitt-Trussville will enter its second season competing in Class 7A, region 3 alongside Thompson, Hoover, Oak Mountain, Vestavia Hills, Gadsden City, Spain Park and Tuscaloosa County. The Huskies will open up 2021 at home against defending Class 6A state champion Pinson Valley on Aug. 20.