There will be no rapid LHSAA response to the impasse with the Louisiana High School Officials Association, Executive Director Eddie Bonine said.
The LHSAA is focused on its role of hosting the National Federation of State High School Associations Summer meeting that runs Sunday through Thursday in New Orleans.
Talks between the LHSAA and LHSOA to forge a compromise regarding pay raises and other issues broke off Tuesday when the LHSOA refused to back down from its demands for contracts that mandate immediate pay raises for seven sports.
Bonine said the LHSAA will renew its focus on the LHSOA impasse once the NFHS event is over.
Bucs mourn Hill
Longtime Broadmoor baseball coach Keith Hill died of cancer last week in Wimberly, Texas.
Hill played on a basketball team that won a state title at Redemptorist in the 1970s. He coached basketball at Woodlawn and Plaquemine before settling into the role of baseball coach at Broadmoor.
Hill spent 18 seasons as head baseball coach for the Bucs. Former LSU star and major leaguer Ryan Theriot and current BHS coach Mike Woods were among the list of Hill’s former players.
Hoops to high jump
Episcopal junior-to-be Kevin Tripeaux II is set to compete in the high jump at the World Youth Track and Field Trials on July 1 in Lisle, Illinois.
That’s pretty incredible because Tripeaux, also a standout on the Knights basketball team, didn’t start competing in the high jump until late March. He won the Class 2A outdoor title with a leap of 6 feet, 8 inches.
Former Port Allen head football coach Guy Blanchard has reversed field on his plans to take some time off from coaching. He’s accepted a job as an assistant football and baseball coach at East Ascension.
Blanchard said East Ascensioncoach Paul Bourgeois contacted him about the job a few weeks ago.
“I planned to take a year off to be with the family and work toward becoming an administrator,” Blanchard said. “This is really a great situation. I’m going to coach linebackers and be an assistant baseball coach. I’ve been out of baseball for about 10 years, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Dutchtown has hired former Central coach Justin Stafford as its wrestling coach. Stafford, who will teach math at DHS, was the wrestling coach at Central for six seasons and an assistant at Zachary for two years.
St. Amant seeks an assistant baseball coach to work with pitchers for 2015-16. Coaching football as a second sport also is an option but applicants would need to have a background in defense.
Applicants must be certified in physical education or social studies. July 6 is the application deadline.
Former Runnels and Parkview Baptist softball player Carli Wheeler Faulkner has been hired as a learning specialist for the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes at LSU.
Faulkner previously worked in other capacities with the CCACSA while completing her master’s degree in sports administration.
Faulkner played college softball at the University of Texas-Tyler and Louisiana College.