Donaldsonville High opted to shuffle the deck when it came to hiring two new basketball coaches.

Barry Whittington, an assistant coach with the DHS boys team for the past three years, is the new girls head coach.

Former White Castle High and Southeastern Louisiana University player Troy Green is the new boys coach for the Tigers.

The 26-year-old Whittington replaces Butch Little, who retired after leading the DHS girls to the Class 2A semifinals in March. Whittington is a 2003 East Ascension graduate who graduated from LSU in 2008.

“My thing was that I wanted to be there for kids in whatever capacity the school needed me to be in,” Whittington said. “I’m excited about working with the girls and they seem excited about it, too.

“We graduated some great players, but I also think we still have some nice pieces in place. This is also a good way for me to get my foot in the door as a head coach.”

Green graduated for WCHS from 1995 and from SLU in 2000. He replaces Greg Hill, who retired in June after spending 33 years as the Tigers’ head coach.

The 34-year-old Green was head boys coach at Livonia the past two years and previously had a two-year stint as a head coach at Lutcher.

Hill’s final DHS team garnered a top three ranking in Class 2A and advanced to the regional round of the playoffs.

“The thing that makes this special for me is that I’ve always thought of coach Hill as one my mentors, along with my coach, coach (Ronald) Johnson (of White Castle),” Green said. “Now my job is to come in and take over for him.

“I know the program has a lot of talent and tradition. It’s a great opportunity.”

  • ?Former Belaire head football coach Lydell Key is now an assistant coach at Plaquemine High. Key will coach the defensive line for the Green Devils this fall.

DSHS tickets on sale

Tickets for the Denham Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame banquet go on sale Monday at the school office. Cost is $75 per person for the event that is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Forrest Grove Plantation.

A crowd of more than 300 is expected for the induction class led by former major league and LSU pitcher Ben McDonald, All-America tennis player Jana Garrison Orillion, prep All-American football player Kelvin Robinson, three-sport all-state player Cecil Harris, two-sport all-state player Glen Glass and former Louisiana Miss Softball Sarah Meadors Mestepey. Drexel Robinson (basketball), Ivy Brown (five-sport athlete) and Roger West (three-sport athlete) were also selected.

Coaches set for induction include Grady Hornsby, Louis Carlisle, Alton Leggette, Butch Wax and Leslie McDowell (player-coach). Randy Rushing, another football standout, Carlisle and Hornsby will be inducted posthumously.

Contact the school at (225) 665-8851 for more information.

Jamboree schedules

The Advocate sports staff is seeking football and volleyball jamboree schedules.

Please fax schedules to (225) 388-0318 or send email to Robin Fambrough at

Open dates

Walker High seeks a jamboree and predistrict girls soccer games for 2011-12. Contact Mike Lockhart at (225) 268-9783.

Prep notables

Former Scotlandville High and Kansas State football player Keithen Valentine just finished his first season with the Reno Barons of the Western Indoor Football Association.

The Barons finished second in the league and Valentine, a running back, was voted the team’s offensive MVP.