Louisiana High School Athletic Association President Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic-Morgan City asked members of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association to be part of the solution to the LHSAA’s public/private school issues on Tuesday.
Bonnaffee spoke to the LHSCA’s general business meeting that was part of the Tuesday schedule at the LSHCA Coaches Clinic held at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge.
“I believe as an individual that what we have to do is regulate not separate,” Bonnaffee said. “I think there are solutions out there. But to be able to bring these solutions about is going to take time.
“It doesn’t happen immediately, and you’ve got to have individuals to provide input in order to reach those solutions. We need to be able to have some solutions offered by you as coaches. Please let us know your feelings, and what’s in your heart.”
Bonnaffee is the first LHSAA president in recent memory to address the coaches. He also asked the group to guard against and be wary of legislative involvement in LHSAA affairs.
St. Amant assistant football coach/head track coach Dwayne Thomassee was elected as the second vice president during the meeting. Episcopal girls cross country and track coach Eddie Cole also was nominated.
Episcopal boys cross country coach Claney Duplechin was honored for being selected as the National Federation of High School Associations National Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year for 2012-13.
Two basketball coaches, St. Thomas More’s Danny Broussard (boys) and Fairview’s Kyle Jinks (girls) were recognized for netting south section Coach of the Year honors, also for 2012-13.
LHSCA Director Gary Duhe said the 2013-14 winners will be honored next year.
Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz and the school’s 23-year-old women’s basketball coach, Tyler Summitt, stuck to coaching philosophies during their lectures.
Holtz reminded the coaches in his session that, “Football is not a participation sport, it’s hard.” Holtz also talked about the importance of discipline and building confidence.
“I’ve recruited from Texas to Florida to the Northeast and the Midwest,” Holtz said. “I just think there’s an incredible passion for football in the state of Louisiana. Having the opportunity to be here and give back a little bit is important.
“It’s hard as a head coach, because if you talk offense or defense you might eliminate half the room. You try to get away from schemes and talk about what’s important when you try to build a program.”
Summitt talked about building a winning basketball culture with accountability in his first session and about instituting a successful offensive system in his second session.
The 23-year-old son of legendary former Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt, was hired April 1 as the sixth Louisiana Tech women’s coach. Summitt was a men’s assistant coach at Marquette the past two seasons.
“I’m honored to be here today and it’s great to meet all these coaches,” Summitt said. “Basketball is my passion.”
Summitt said efficient practices are critical to skill development. He advised coaches to limit the number of different plays on offense and to master the selected plays with structure and repetition.
“You’ve got to practice until they can’t get it wrong,” Summitt said.
They said it
Holtz on moving around with his father, legendary coach Lou Holtz, as a youngster, “I thought we were running from the IRS. I didn’t realize football coaches moved around that much.”
LSU coach Les Miles on his younger daughter, Macy, playing in a softball World Series in Orlando, Fla.
“What, are the Yankees there? No. It’s the Smash and the Blast and the Sweet Potatoes,” Miles said. “My daughter tells me, ‘We got the day off and I’m going to Disney World dad.’ ”