Brusly High School hired Kirby Loupe as its boys basketball coach.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Loupe, who gained acclaim as head coach for another West Baton Rouge Parish school, Port Allen.
Loupe led the Pelicans to the Class 3A semifinals in 2008 and the quarterfinals in 2009. The 37-year-old’s familiarity with the WBR system, which included a recent stint at a Brusly middle school, played a role in his hiring.
There was another notable hire announced Friday. Former Catholic High and Central Private player Gannon Achord is the new head baseball coach at West Feliciana, replacing Mark Lester who is moving into administration.
Achord, the son of former Central Private and Catholic High baseball coach Kyle Achord, will be a first-time head coach for the Saints, also of District 7-3A.
Loupe’s strong résumé help him land the Brusly job.
“We knew Kirby was very successful at Port Allen,” Brusly Athletic Director Tait Dupont said. “What made him such a great fit for us was that he coached at our middle school for a year and did such a great job. He already knows the kids, and he lives in the community. His wife also is an administrator at one of our schools. Again, we think this is the right fit for us.”
Loupe was among about 10 applicants to replace Harold Boudreaux, who resigned last month to become boys basketball coach at McKinley. Like Port Allen, Brusly is a 3A school and part of the highly competitive District 7-3A that includes two-time state champion University High.
Loupe spent two seasons as head coach at Class 5A Zachary and was head coach at 4A Plaquemine since leaving Port Allen following the 2009 season.
Port Allen won 103 games during a four-year span under Loupe. His final Port Allen team was 23-7.
“I’m excited to get started,” Loupe said. “I coached the kids who will be seniors when they were eighth graded and I’m ready to get back together with them again.”