Some head football coaches collect tangible possessions like awards and equipment.

New East St. John coach Alden Foster has adopted a different approach. The former Amite coach is collecting former head coaches to join his staff.

Former Southern Lab coach Nick Mitchell, ex-Live Oak coach Tut Musemeche and Bogalusa’s Craig Jones are all set to join Foster at Class 5A ESJ.

Mitchell will serve as assistant head coach and work with the offense. Musemeche will be the offensive coordinator, while Jones will work with the defense. Foster’s defensive coordinator at Amite, Dwayne Davis, is already on staff.

“These guys are people I’ve always wanted to work with,” Foster said. “Tut and I have talked about it through the years, and when we’ve played Bogalusa, I’ve always talked with coach Jones. They’re all proven coaches. Nick took Southern Lab to the title game last year. They all bring a lot of experience with them.”

Foster was hired as the East St. John coach after leading Amite to its second runner-up finish over a four-year span in Class 3A in December. Mitchell, who resigned at SLHS last month, coached the Kittens to a runner-up finish in select Division IV.

Musemeche, who resigned at 4A Live Oak late last year, also has served as a head coach at St. Michael and St. John.

Foster said he decided to pursue his coaching colleagues based on the advice of another coach who recently made the jump from Class 3A to 5A, Zachary High’s David Brewerton. Brewerton moved from Livonia to ZHS last season.

“Coach Brewerton told me the one thing I had to do was get the best coaches I could,” Foster said. “He said on 5A the expectation is that every position has to be coached up to the highest level. So I tried to find the best people I could. These are guys I can trust.”

Dooley ‘released’

Christian Life Academy has confirmed that football coach Keith Dooley is no longer with the school.

The Crusaders of District 6-1A finished 2-8 last season. Dooley, who had two coaching stints at the school, compiled a record of 33-31 at CLA.

“We released coach Dooley on (last) Friday,” CLA Athletic Director Steve Garcia said. “I can confirm that. Other than that, the school has no comment at this time.”

Ursin nets honor

Destrehan sophomore Cara Ursin was selected as Louisiana’s Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-7 sophomore averaged 26.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 6.9 steals a game for DHS, which lost to eventual state champion Ponchatoula in the Class 5A semifinals last week.