Greg Battistella named Lakeshore baseball coach _lowres

Advocate file photo by RUSTY COSTANZA Holy Cross baseball coach Greg Battistella tosses a ball on the field during a game against Jesuit in 2014. Battistella will be an assistant baseball coach at Lakeshore High School this year.

The Greg Battistella era at Holy Cross is over.

Battistella, who had served as the school’s baseball coach for the past decade, confirmed to The New Orleans Advocate on Tuesday that he was no longer the coach.

“There is going to be a coaching change at Holy Cross,” Battistella said. “Who it is hasn’t been determined yet.”

Battistella didn’t give specifics of why the change was made, deferring those questions to Holy Cross Athletic Director Barry Wilson.

Wilson could not be reached for comment.

Battistella did say he will remain at the school as a religion teacher and as coach of the eighth grade football team.

Battistella, 44, coached the school’s American Legion team (Ponstein’s) that was eliminated during the Southeast Louisiana Regional Tournament last week.

In the spring, Holy Cross was one of the Catholic League’s biggest surprises in the first half of the season when the Tigers went 5-0 . They ended the season in third place behind Jesuit and Rummel.

Holy Cross was the No. 18 seed in the Class 5A playoffs, and beat No. 15 seed Rummel in the opening round before getting swept in a best-of-three series against No. 2 seed and eventual runner-up Catholic High.

The Tigers finished the season 20-15.

Battistella, a 1988 Holy Cross graduate, came to his alma mater after coaching four seasons at Pope John Paul II in the early 2000s.

Before that, he was an assistant coach at Holy Cross in the late 1990s.

Sources close to the coaching search list Chalmette freshman baseball coach Kenny Bonura, Lakeshore head coach Andrew Ravaglia and Riverside coach Frank Cazeaux as possible replacements for Battistella.

David Folse contributed to this report