LONGVIEW, Texas — Less than a year after becoming the Assistant Head Football Coach at his alma mater, Gladewater High School, Jonny Louvier is taking his talents about eight miles east to lead Spring Hill Independent School District's athletic department.

CBS19 was first to confirm Louvier had been named the head football coach and athletic director at Spring Hill ISD at Monday night's school board meeting.

He will take over for Kelly Mercer who announced he was leaving the district earlier this year after four seasons at the helm. Under Mercer, the Panthers put up a four-season record of 11-29.

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Louvier is the sixth HC/AD for Spring Hill since 2009:

  • Robert Bero, 2006-2009
  • Bill Poe, 2010-2011
  • Bobby Chadwick, 2012
  • Mark Sartain, 2013
  • Kelly Mercer 2015-2018

ABOUT LOUVIER

Louvier started his career as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Gladewater and Arp.

He was then named head football coach and athletic director at Frankston ISD. He left the Indians in 2017 to take the assistant head coach position under Kurt Traylor at Robert E. Lee High School. He left REL in July 2018 to go back to where it all began as he was named the assistant head coach at Gladewater High School.

Louvier is a 2002 graduate of GHS where he shined as a four-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball and track).

As a senior quarterback under then-head coach David Hussman, he earned honorable mention All-State accolades. He was named the District 14-3A Offensive Player of the Year and was a two-time All-East Texas selection.

He threw for more than 4,500 yards and 44 touchdowns in high school, while racking up nearly 1,400 yards and 15 scores on the ground.

Louvier also won the Wendy's High School Heisman and was named to the Academic All-State team.

On the basketball court, he earned district MVP honors twice.

He still holds the Gladewater High School records for most passing yards (4,502), touchdown passes in a season (18), most touchdown passes in a career (44), most pass attempts in a season (237) and most completed passes (127).

Louvier played QB at Texas A&M-Commerce and earned a B.S. in Kinesiology. He later earned his M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Tyler.

SPRING HILL BY THE NUMBERS

Since Spring Hill began playing football in 1940, they have only had two losing decades.

From 1980-1989, the Panthers compiled a 42-58-2 record. In the current decade, they have posted a 25-65 record with only the 2019 season left to play.

The squad's best season record came in 2002. The Panthers were named Regional Champions and ended the year at 12-2.

Spring Hill's last playoff appearance was in 2007 under Coach Robert Bero. They last won the district championship in 2003, led by Coach Steve Gaddis.

RECORDS

  • Rushing yards (game): Jerry Ramo - 305 vs. Harleton (1967)
  • Rushing yards (season): Demario Thomas - 2,163 (2004)
  • Rushing yards (career): Jamario Thomas - 5,007 (2001-2003)
  • Rushing touchdowns (game): Jamario Thomas - 6 vs. Van (2002)
  • Rushing touchdowns (season): Jamario Thomas - 36 (2002)
  • Rushing touchdowns (career): Jamario Thomas - 93 (2001-2003)
  • Player points (season): Jamario Thomas - 204 (2002)
  • Player points (career): Jamario Thomas - 384 (2001-2003)
  • Passing yards (game): Steven Prince - 321 vs. Queen City (2003)
  • Passing yards (season): Steven Prince - 2,188 (2003)
  • Passing yards (career): Steven Prince - 4,691 (2001-2003)
  • Pass completions (season): Steven Prince - 139 (2002)
  • Passing touchdowns (game): Dylan Brown - 5 vs. White Oak (2010)
  • Passing touchdowns (season): Steven Prince - 22 (2003)
  • Passing touchdowns (career): Steven Prince - 41 (2001-2003)
  • Longest touchdown pass: Steven Prince to Morris Starts - 89 yards vs. Queen City (2003); Steven Prince to Jamario Thomas - 90 yards vs. Queen City (2003)
  • Receptions (game): Chad Mackey - 15 vs. Gilmer (1990)
  • Receptions (season): Chad Mackey - 73 (1990)
  • Receiving yards (season): Chad Mackey - 1,134 (1990)
  • Receiving yards (game): Morris Starts - 190 vs. Queen City (2003)
  • Field goals made (game): Troy Duran - 4 vs. Center (2014)
  • Field goals made (season): David Brelsford - 16 (2000)
  • Field goals made (career): David Brelsford - 28 (1998-2000)
  • Longest field goal: David Brelsford - 56 yards (2000)
  • Punting average: Kyle Pope - 41.0 yards (2004)
  • Longest punt: Troy Duran - 68 yards vs. Brook Hill (2013)
  • Longest kick-off return: Carson Fudge - 99 yards vs. Pleasant Grove (2016)
  • Defensive points (game): Trent Allen - 36 vs. Queen City (2002)
  • Defensive points (season): Trent Allen - 403 (2002)
  • Solo tackles (game): Trent Allen - 13 (2003)
  • Solo tackles (season): Trent Allen - 133 (2002)
  • Total tackles (season): Trent Allen - 213 (2002)
  • Total tackles (career): Trent Allen - 452 (2000-2002)
  • Interceptions (season): Sonny Dack (1996); Joey Jones (1996); Arthur Johnson (2004)
  • Fumble recoveries (season): Scotty Laymance - 5 (1996)