Former Southern University Head football coach and Louisiana High School coaching icon Otis Washington passed away Friday in Baton Rouge.

Washington was 80.

Funeral services for Washington will be held on Saturday, June 1st 
at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2250 Main St., Baton Rouge. Visitation is scheduled for Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with Mass to follow at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow in Heavenly Gates Mausoleum in Baton Rouge.

Southern University System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton and Roman Banks, athletics director, extended condolences to the family and other loved ones of legendary head football coach Otis Washington.


“He made his mark not only on the gridiron with our Jaguars but throughout the community,” Belton said. “At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, he was appropriately recognized with a resolution on record. May his impact and influence live on in all who came in contact with him, especially his former student-athletes and colleagues from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.”


Washington, a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, coached the Southern Jaguar football team from 1981 to 1986. Before Southern, Washington coached football at St. Augustine High School and Tulane University in New Orleans, and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge — where he was the first black coach. In 2015, Washington was enshrined in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. 


During his tenure as the Jaguars head coach, Washington compiles a 35-30-1 record and finished 8-3, his best season on the Bluff, in 1982.

“The Southern University Athletics and Football family lost a great leader and pillar in the Louisiana football community,” said Roman Banks, athletics director. “We extend our most heartfelt condolences to his wife, Linda, and the many family and friends of Coach Washington, and we encourage our Jaguar Nation family to keep them in their thoughts and prayers.”