Catholic, Dutchtown name new soccer coaches _lowres

Catholic High Athletic Director J.P. Kelly (left) and boys soccer coach Joshua McReynolds.

Catholic High has named assistant coach Joshua McReynolds as its new soccer coach, according to a Wednesday news release from the school.

McReynolds has been an assistant coach for the Bears for three seasons and also is the recreational director for the Baton Rouge Soccer Club.

“I am excited to take on the responsibility of head coach for the soccer program at Catholic High School,” McReynolds said in the news release. “CHS has a history of academic and athletic excellence, and I am thrilled to continue to be a part of this tradition. I look forward to this new role as we continue preparing our student-athletes for the future.”

McReynolds, who has a Master of Business Administration from LSU, will serve as a nonfaculty member of the Catholic coaching staff. He replaces Bo Cassidy, who is stepping down to devote more time to his duties as the executive director of the BRSC, along with his family.

Cassidy coached the Bears for eight seasons and three Division I quarterfinal appearances.

It is the second soccer coach announcement in as many days. Dutchtown High hired former St. Amant coach Rene Bourgeois as it boys soccer coach for 20015-16 on Tuesday.

McReynolds’ experience includes serving as director of operations for the BRSC Zachary campus and director of operations for the LSU women’s soccer team as a graduate student. He also was an assistant coach for the Albion College men’s soccer team.

“Catholic High is excited to welcome Josh McReynolds as our new head soccer coach,” Catholic Athletic Director J.P Kelly said. “Josh’s strong religious values, high character and excellent soccer knowledge will improve our already strong soccer program. His energy is exactly what our community needs as we compete on our new soccer field on campus next year.”

Bourgeois, an All-SEC punter during his time at LSU from 1986-89, coached boys soccer at St. Amant from 1996-2004. He won district titles in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2004. He also will be a nonfaculty coach.

“I’m excited to be back,” Bourgeois said. “In fact, I can’t wait until October. Through the years, I’ve had opportunities to take other jobs. But I always told them no because I wanted to see what might happen at Dutchtown. I always thought it would be a great place to coach.”

Bourgeois takes over for Larry Chambless, who started the Dutchtown program and coached the Griffins for 13 seasons. Chambless is moving out-of-state.

“Larry did a great job,” Bourgeois added. “I just want to keep things going and keep winning.”

Dutchtown Athletic Director Benny Saia added, “We had some great applicants and feel like Rene is a really good hire. He’s been at school every day and is working to get ready for next year now.”