Former Lutcher High and LSU-Eunice player Katie Ocmand has been hired as the head softball coach at East Ascension High.

“East Ascension is a great school and has always been good in all its girls sports,” Ocmand said Monday. “As soon as I heard there was a job opening, I knew it was something I had to go for.

“The softball program has been very successful. Fortunately, things worked out to my advantage. I can’t wait to get started.”

The 25-year-old Ocmand played catcher and helped lead Lutcher to a Class 3A state title in 2009. She then moved on to LSU-Eunice, where she helped the Tigers win a junior college national title.

Ocmand was an assistant coach at Lutcher in 2015 and has coached numerous recreation and summer softball teams through the years. She’s working toward her master’s degree at Nicholls State.

EAHS Athletic Director Darnell Lee said Ocmand was one of 10 applicants for the job. She replaces Amy Pitre, who moved to another District 5-5A school, rival St. Amant ,after the 2016 season.

“Katie is a hard worker with a great personality and extensive knowledge of the game,” Lee said. “She possesses the abilities of a natural leader. Katie shares the same beliefs that we have at East Ascension — that all of our student-athletes will succeed on and off the field.”

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Two former Belaire High basketball players, Eric Matthews and Terrance Johnson, signed with different junior colleges.

Matthews signed with Kansas-based Colby Community College, while Johnson signed with Texas-based Kilgore Junior College.

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