The prep baseball season isn’t even officially over, and the amount of local schools searching for a new baseball coach continues to grow.
Chad Catalano officially resigned this week as the head coach at Northlake Christian High School after two years at the helm. In his two years at Northlake, he compiled a 41-26 record and helped lead the Wolverines to the regional round of the 2A playoffs in 2014 and the state quarterfinals this season.
“I’m very appreciative of the time and the opportunity given to me by Northlake Christian,” Catalano said. “I would just like the chance to find something that entails a full-time opportunity that allows me to teach and coach the game that I love.
“I learned a lot in my two years. I was able to teach the kids not just about the game of baseball, but life in general. We were able to give back to the community off the field, whether it be adopting a family at Christmas or fundraisers for charity.”
Catalano’s resignation marks the third St. Tammany Parish coach who will not be returning next season.
Archbishop Hannan coach Boomer Nunez was not offered a contract last week by school officials, and Northshore coach Rick Mauldin turned in his resignation after the Panthers’ first-round exit in the Class 5A playoffs.
“Nothing is set in stone right now for me in terms of my future,” Catalano said. “I will definitely be looking for something else, but as of right now, nothing is set in place.”
Wolverines Athletic Director Anthony Agresta said there is no timetable on naming Catalano’s replacement but wished his former head coach well.
“He (Catalano) handled himself with class throughout his time here,” Agresta said. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the collegiate level soon coaching. We thank him for his time leading our team and our program.”
Anyone interested in applying for the position can either call Agresta at (985)-635-0400, ext. 2004, or email a résumé to him at email@example.com.