Lakeshore High principal Christian Monson announced this week he has filled two head coaching positions for the school year.
Jennie Trepagnier was named the softball coach, and Joe Hoffmann was named the girls basketball coach. Trepagnier and Hoffmann currently are both on the faculty at Creekside Junior High.
Already hired earlier this fall on the staff as an assistant coach, Trepagnier got the promotion to the top job without coaching a game.
“Mr. Monson asked me if I was interested in the top job,” she said. “I expressed my interest. So after opening up the position publicly I had to wait for a while, but now that I have it I couldn’t be more excited. It has always been a goal of mine to have my own program. I’m very excited.”
A softball player at Mandeville and on the collegiate level, Trepagnier also served as an assistant at Mandeville and St. Thomas Aquinas.
Taking over one of the reigns of one of the better teams on the north shore, Lakeshore returns nearly all of their starters off of a 2015 squad that went 16-6 and won a playoff game.
“I’m definitely looking forward to taking over a talented team,” she said. “I have heard nothing but good things about the team and how hard working they are. They had a good bit of success a year ago, and the best thing is most of the team was underclassmen. We are definitely to have something to build on.
“I just can’t wait to get started.”
Also serving as a football assistant, Hoffman comes to Lakeshore excited to take over the basketball program.
“I can’t wait to get started,” he said. “Mr. Monson and I have a relationship dating back to his days at Boyet Jr. High when I was a student teacher there and helped coach several of the athletic teams there.”
Perhaps the biggest strength Hoffmann brings to the Lakeshore girls basketball program is stability. With no head coach at the school lasting more than a season before Hoffman’s arrival, the new Titans coach said he is in it for the long haul.
“I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I’m 24-years-old and a year out of college. To have the chance to already lead my own program is a dream experience for me. I’m going to work hard and my team is going to work hard and we are going to put a competitive product on the court each and every night.”
Hoffmann is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana and Slidell.