Episcopal boys track and cross country coach Claney Duplechin does not like to talk about individual accomplishments. However, Duplechin reached a major milestone when the Knights won the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Indoor Division II track title at LSU last month. It was the 50th LHSAA title Duplechin has won.
“As far as I’m concerned, I don’t win anything,” said Duplechin who is in 39th year of coaching. “I don’t run any races. The kids who compete are the ones who do it. I’ve been fortunate to coach a lot of guys over the years who have been willing to put in the work to be successful, usually while doing a lot of other things as students at our school.”
Duplechin’s cross country teams have won 22 consecutive titles, a total that ranks No. 2 nationally. The Knights have swept Class 2A cross country/outdoor track and Division II indoor track titles the past two years.
Tradition hooked Holden
Baton Rouge native Eric Holden is the new football coach at St. John-Plaquemine. Holden spent the past three years as the Berwick football coach.
“When I was growing up, St. John was always one of the schools you heard about,” Holden said. “They have a history of success and have played for state championships. That was a major point that attracted me to the job.”
Holden is a former Catholic High player who served as an assistant at several schools, including Evangel Christian, Southern Lab and Port Allen.
Holden takes over a St. John team that finished 0-10 in James Piker’s only season as head coach. Two other veteran coaches, David Barham (The Church Academy) and Keith Woods (Mentorship Academy) also accepted new head coaching jobs last week.
Denham Springs is accepting applications for a girls basketball coach. Applicants should submit their rèsumès, along with area of certification, to DSHS Principal Kelly Jones at Kelly.Jones@lpsb.org. Applications will be accepted through March 18.
• Springfield seeks a girls basketball coach for 2018-19. Applicants should be certified to teach math or science. Contact Springfield athletic director Ryan Serpas at email@example.com.
All-Metro soccer meetings
Coaches will meet to select All-Metro boys soccer teams Monday and girls soccer teams Tuesday at The Advocate’s offices located at 10705 Reiger Rd.
The Divisions I-II teams will be selected at 7 p.m., with the Division III-IV teams to follow 20 minutes later on each day. Girls nominations are needed. Send nominations to Robin Fambrough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ex-Christian Life Academy teammates Frank Bartley and Johnathan Stove were honored on Louisiana-Lafayette’s Senior Night on Saturday held in conjunction with the Cajuns’ game against Arkansas-Little Rock.
• Former University High basketball player Mikayla Bates of Xavier-New Orleans was named to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference’s all-defensive team. She ranks seventh in NAIA Division I and second in the GCAC with an average of 2.9 steals a game.