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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Zachary baseball coach Jesse Cassard: 'This doesn’t happen too often. Usually the district title is decided before you get to the last game of district.'

Zachary High Athletic Director and head baseball coach Jesse Cassard is heading west.

Cassard, a former McNeese player and Barbe High assistant coach, has been hired as the new head baseball coach at Sulphur High.

“I’ll be honest with you, this is really hard,” Cassard said. “It’s so hard to leave Zachary. I felt like I was able to build a program here.

“But I always said that if the job at either Barbe or Sulphur opened up, it would be something I’d have to consider seriously. When we first started talking about this, I had no idea it would fall into place the way it did.”

In 10 seasons, Cassard compiled a 261-112 record at Zachary. He won three state titles in Class 4A from 2007-09, led the Broncos to 5A runner-up spot in 2013 and won seven district titles, including a 4-5A title last spring.

Zachary finished 23-13 last spring and lost to Ruston in the regional playoff round. Cassard replaces Jason Trahan, who stepped down after six seasons as the Tors’ head baseball coach.

A 1997 Assumption High graduate, Cassard played at Bossier Parish Community College before moving to McNeese. He was an assistant at Barbe from 2002-06. In addition to serving as Zachary High’s baseball coach, Cassard has been the Zachary School System’s athletic director since 2013.

“This was definitely a long term move and one that’s about baseball,” Cassard said. “Zachary is a wonderful place and I’ve been fortunate to coach there. I think it puts me where I’ll want to be in 10 or 15 years, both professionally and with my family.

“Sulphur has facilities that are second to none. They play their games where the state tournament is played and it’s a proven program. I’ve enjoyed working as the AD at Zachary and now I’m curious to see what it will be like to concentrate on just baseball again.”

Three net NFCA honors

Two local players and one from the Acadiana area were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s All-South Region team announced Tuesday.

LSU signee Nicky Dawson of Parkview Baptist made the team as a shortstop, while University of Louisiana at Lafayette signee Kourtney Gremillion of St. Amant High was a utility selection. St. Thomas More’s Bailey Hemphill, an Alabama signee, made the team as a catcher.

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