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.

There is a new baseball coach at Lakeshore, but the name is familiar for fans of prep baseball.

Greg Battistella was officially named the Titans coach by principal Christian Monson on Tuesday morning. Battistella replaces Andrew Ravaglia, who resigned last week.

“It was unexpected,” Battistella said. “But I’m tremendously honored that the administration at Lakeshore considered me for this position.”

Set to begin his 15th season as a head coach, Battistella has compiled a record of 303-169 record during his time at Pope John Paul II (2001-04) and Holy Cross (2006-15). He helped lead Holy Cross to the Class 4A state title game in 2012.

Battistella served as an assistant under Ravaglia last year.

“I expected to be a head coach again at some point,” he said. “But, not this quickly. Not after one year. I have learned a lot of lessons from my previous stints as a head coach, and I hope to incorporate them here at Lakeshore. I’m taking over a team that went 15-14 a year ago and made it to the playoffs. They expect to win games here, and I hope to help make that happen.

“Through my successes and failures, you learn maturation. I’ve matured and am going to try to act like that more as the head coach of a great school and the leader of a great program.”

Having coached on both the north shore and south shore, Battistella said he recognizes the differences in baseball on both sides of the lake, but in the end, he said things are still simple.

“In the end baseball is still baseball,” he said. “I recognize things are different in St. Tammany Parish as opposed to the New Orleans area, but the good news is that I have had a bit of a transition period. I spent last year on this staff and got acclimated, but the game remains the same. Baseball is still baseball. Winning games is one of the top goals, and there is a formula to get that accomplished.

“The kids are going to have to catch up to my intensity, just like I have to catch up with being fair to everyone involved.”

Battistella said he is in the process of putting together his staff in consultation with the Lakeshore administration.