On an April afternoon in 2014, the day Acadiana High School honored Scott McCullough by naming its baseball field after the school’s former coach, it also scheduled Comeaux as the opposition.
That enabled Comeaux’s coach Matt McCullough, who played first and third base for his father, the opportunity to celebrate in the moment.
“I was born the year my dad started there in 1981, so I sort of grew up there,” Matt McCullough said. “I was there four or five days a week for the first 18 years of my life. It’s sort of like the second home where I grew up.”
When baseball coach Jay Hodges resigned three weeks ago, Acadiana turned to Matt McCullough.
McCullough, a two-year starter at quarterback in 1998-99, also joins the football staff as an assistant to coach Ted Davison where he will coach quarterbacks, tight ends and offensive line.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to be a part of a really good baseball and football program,” McCullough said. “The opportunity to keep it going and build on that is an exciting thing.”
Acadiana was 20-13 last season and was eliminated in two games by Lafayette in the Class 5A regional series.
McCullough had a 9-22 record last season at Comeaux, partly because of a youthful team, but guided the Spartans to four straight playoff appearances and four consecutive seasons of 20-plus wins.
Comeaux reached postseason play five times in McCullough’s nine seasons.
“I thought it would be a good opportunity, and was the right time for me,” said McCullough, a 2000 graduate of Acadiana. “It’s tough because I’d been at Comeaux for a long time and there’s a lot of good people there, people I’ve worked with that do a really good job there.”
Scott McCullough led the Rams to 27 playoff appearances in his 32 seasons, including 10 trips to the Class 5A state tournament. He’s remained active in coaching, serving as an assistant in both baseball and football at Ascension Episcopal School.
Scott McCullough’s imprint on Acadiana’s program will now extend beyond his scripted, signature on the center field fence that reads: Scott McCullough Field, with the hiring of his son.
“He thought it was a good move,” Matt McCullough said of his father. “He built that program for 32 years. He kind of made the program and the goal is to keep up that tradition.
“I remember when they dedicated it to him. It’s something that was well-deserved. It was a good thing to see him rewarded for all the hard work he put into the program and kids there.”
Now back at his alma mater, he’ll try to keep that tradition going.
“There’s a lot of tradition to keep alive,” Matt McCullough said. “They have a great past in baseball and we’re going to work really hard to do that.
“I want to add to that and make it even better and keep it there.”