There’s something to be said for a great opening act. Putting together a closing act that’s just as impressive can be hard to do.
That won’t be a problem for the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s annual Coaches Clinic set to begin Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza.
LSU football coach Les Miles is among the Tuesday speakers, helping to kick off the event. Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher, a former LSU assistant, helps close out the three-day event Thursday.
In between, the list of guest lecturers is set to include Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth, LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, Tulane women’s basketball coach Lisa Stockton, former LSU football standout Leonard Marshall, LSU assistant basketball coach David Patrick, LSU assistant baseball coach Will Davis and former LSU assistant basketball coach Kermit Davis, now the men’s basketball coach at Middle Tennessee.
Miles is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with Orgeron to follow at 1 p.m. Fisher is scheduled to have sessions at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday. Go to lhsaa.org to get a full list of speakers and times.
Marshall and former Tulane coach Buddy Teevens, now of Dartmouth, are part of a 3 p.m. Wednesday presentation for “Practice like Pros” program that illustrates ways for teams to use fewer contact drills while practicing.
University High wide receiver-defensive back Tre Jackson announced his commitment to South Carolina on Twitter Saturday night. “Proud to announce that I’ve committed to play football and earn my degree at the University of South Carolina,” Jackson, who’ll be a senior this fall, said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Madison Prep defensive lineman/tight end Malcolm Roach got a scholarship offer from Tennessee on Friday, while Scotlandville basketball standout Ja’Vonte Smart reportedly got an offer from LSU over the weekend.
Roach, also a senior-to-be, has about 40 scholarship offers, including SEC offers from the Vols, Mississippi State, Missouri and Arkansas. Up next for Roach will be camps at LSU and Texas.
Smart, a sophomore-to-be, had scholarship offers from Baylor, Wake Forest and UMass previously.
Also, Jewel Sumner girls basketball player Bre’Ashlee Jones committed to McNeese.
Catholic High senior-to-be Colin Bone swam an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the 100-meter freestyle to help open the Louisiana State Long Course Swim meet being held at LSU on Thursday. Bone swam a time of 50.43 seconds Thursday night for Crawfish Aquatics to help open the four-day meet meet.
Bone and St. Joseph’s Academy’s Clayton Black were the area’s only individual swimmers to earn Speedo/All-America honors from the National Interscholastic Coaches Association based on high school performances last fall.
Bone claimed All-America honors as an individual in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles, while Black netted All-America honors in the girls 200 freestyle. Black also garnered All-America honors in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Bone also garnered All-America honors in the boys 200 freestyle relay.
Caroline Beene (200, 400 freestyle relays), Mary Claire Beaver (200, 400 freestyle) relays), Claire Charpentier (400 freestyle relay) and Amy Miller (200 freestyle relay) also claimed All-America honors for SJA.
Nicholas Seagraves, Nicholas Romero and Brady Grenfell also earned All-America honors for Catholic in the boys 200 freestyle relay.
Bone’s times in the 100 freestyle ranked 39th nationally, while his 200 time was 45th. Black’s time was 63rd nationally. The SJA 200 freestyle relay was ranked 49th.
Former Christian Life assistant Tyler Howsen was hired as the boys basketball coach at St. John-Plaquemine. ... McKinley assistant coach Malcolm Reed is set to be the new head baseball coach at McKinley. ... Greg Thompson, most recently the track coach at Glen Oaks, is set to be the head track coach McKinley.
Volleyball officials meeting
The Capital City Board of Volleyball Officials scheduled its first meeting on July 27, at the Team Sportsplex Complex located off Perkins Road near Essen.
Officials will register for the upcoming fall season during the meeting that is for new and returning officials.
Contact assignment secretary Nedda Taylor at (225) 954-5809 or send email to nmtaylor @cox.net for additional details.
Compiled by Robin Fambrough