Brock Vaigneur had several occasions to lay out his plan for the Beaufort Academy football program.
During interviews with Eagles athletics director Michael Millwood, Vaigneur explained what he thought it would take to sustain the program for the long term -- encouraging participation, establishing a year-around weight program and fostering a competitive attitude in everything from schoolwork to football.
"The biggest thing is getting as many people as we can," Vaigneur said.
The former Abundant Life coach and Thomas Heyward Academy assistant has been hired to head the Eagles' SCISAA eight-man program, filling the vacancy created when Wheatley Alford resigned in April.
Vaigneur, out of football a year since holding the head coaching job at Abundant Life Academy, a private Christian school in Hardeeville, is a Beaufort native and a Thomas Heyward graduate.
In three years (2009-2011) as the head coach at Abundant Life, which also plays eight-man football, Vaigneur went 24-4, including a 10-0 season in 2011.
"We're pretty excited to have somebody that has eight-man experience," Millwood said.
Vaigneur, who will teach science at Beaufort Academy, left Abundant Life to pursue his Masters degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah. He was teaching sixth-grade social studies in Savannah.
Alford, the coach at Beaufort Academy the past four years, resigned April 23 after going 8-33.
"I have some health issues that I feel like I need to address," Alford said at the time, "and I just felt like now was the best time to do it."
Vaigneur plans to commute from Savannah to hold spring practice, move back to Beaufort in the summertime and begin watching video of each of the Eagles' 2012 games. He said from the one game he watched and from reading newspaper reports, he hopes to cut down on turnovers.
His offense will be based in misdirection. On defense, he plans to stunt often and create turnovers.