Gary Duhe is set to return to the sidelines as a boys basketball coach after spending two years as director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association.
Duhe has not officially signed on but has agreed to become boys basketball coach at Live Oak. Duhe said he expects to complete the paperwork Tuesday to become LOHS’ third coach in four seasons.
The move back to coaching was set last week, when Duhe was informed his position is being suspended by LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine.
“It’s not official yet, but they did offer me the job and I have accepted,” Duhe said. “I’ve enjoyed what I did for the last two years, but I’ve also missed coaching. Maybe this happened for a reason to get me back into coaching. I appreciate Mr. Bonine being honest with me. He told me they wanted to give me the chance to look for a job. The next day, I was contacted by Live Oak.”
Duhe will replace Cary Verges, who resigned to enter private business after two years at the school. LOHS also announced the hiring of former Walker High player and Central Private coach Michele Yawn as girls basketball coach and that football coach Brett Beard also will be the athletic director. Yawn spent two seasons at Central Private.
Duhe has more than 36 years of coaching experience and has a career high school coaching record of 739-262. Duhe, who won three state titles at Redemptorist, has eight Top 28 appearances and also coached Trafton Academy, Plaquemine and Central to the state tourney.
In 2013, Duhe was hired as the first full-time LHSCA director. He also helped coordinate championship events for the LHSAA, including tennis and golf this spring.
Bonine said the future of the LHSCA position will be decided in the weeks ahead.
“Mr. Duhe’s contract runs out at the end of June, and the position is being suspended,” Bonine said. “My name was on his list of references, though I couldn’t really speak about his coaching record. I think his coaching record speaks for itself.
“There was never a job description for (the LHSCA job). I’ll be meeting with the LHSCA board and their president, Shane Smith (of Franklinton High), to determine the future of the position. We’ll determine how it will be handled moving forward in terms of a job description and what role the LHSCA and LHSAA have in it.”