Brett Beard confirmed Friday that he’ll become the new head football coach at Denham Springs, leaving Hwy. 16 rival Live Oak after five seasons.

Denham Springs found itself in the market for a head football coach when Bill Conides and the school mutually agreed to part ways the week of Denham Springs’ regular-season finale against Scotlandville.

The Yellow Jackets went 1-9 this season and were 14-19 during Conides’ three seasons, two of which included trips to the postseason.

Beard guided Live Oak to a 31-27 record and five straight playoff appearances, including a 6-5 record this season that ended last week after a 39-7 loss at Zachary in the first-round of the playoffs.

Live Oak principal Beth Jones also confirmed the move, while the Denham Springs Athletic Association posted a message on its Facebook page welcoming Beard’s arrival to the school.

Beard helped bring Live Oak to unprecedented heights during his tenure, not only leading the Eagles to five straight trips to the postseason, but helped the program achieve its first wins over Denham Springs and Central, first winning record in district, a school-record seven-win season and an opening-round playoff win and home playoff game.

Live Oak experienced a highwater mark in 2016 when the Eagles reached the school’s first state quarterfinal, falling to state powerhouse Acadiana.

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