East Ascension baseball coach Mike Toups resigns _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- East Ascension baseball coach Mike Toups watches the action during an April 10 game against Dutchtown. Toups confirmed Tuesday that he has resigned.

East Ascension High baseball coach Mike Toups resigned Tuesday after spending three seasons at the Gonzales-based school.

“I’ve resigned,” Toups confirmed. “I want to stress up front that the administration at East Ascension backed me in everything I tried to do, and I appreciate that. The players were great, and I feel nothing but love for them.

“Some things about the game have changed. I knew it was time for me to get out of coaching.”

The Spartans finished 18-18 and recorded a 4-6 record in the spring, advancing to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs, where they lost to eventual state runner-up Live Oak High.

EAHS was the second Ascension Parish coaching stop for Toups, who was the first head coach at Dutchtown when the school opened more than a decade ago. Toups coached DHS to the Class 4A state title in 2004.

“I won’t be coaching, but I’ll be around to support the coaches in the area,” Toups said. “Their jobs are tough ones.”