It will be a full day and pretty much a full house for LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine on Wednesday.
Bonine is set to host more than 60 administrators and coaches for the first meeting of the LHSAA task force charged with addressing the organization’s nonselect vs. select school issues.
The meeting is set to begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the LHSAA office and Bonine can’t hide his enthusiasm.
The meeting is closed to the media and the public.
“I’m very excited about this,” Bonine said. “Until we can find some solutions to these issues we won’t be able to move forward. My job is to make sure that happens.
“I’ll be the chair of the task force. Out of the original group of 75 or so people who were invited to join the task force I think 73 accepted. Because of personal issues, we’ve had a few people drop off. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Bonine said the meeting should last between three and four hours and will include a 16-topic PowerPoint presentation that he has put together as an overview for the group.
Once the meeting is over, Bonine said he will address the media. He said two other speakers, one each representing the nonselect and select groups, also will address the media.
In addition to active school personnel, Bonine said the task force also includes some recently retired school personnel and two legislators.
Major Capitol changes
Friendship Capitol, entering its second year in its latest incarnation as a charter school, has added three coaches from Redemptorist.
Former Capitol player Valencia Wilson has been hired as the girls basketball coach after leading Redemptorist to prominence the past two seasons. Another ex-RHS coach, Traci Landry, will serve as athletic director, volleyball coach and girls track coach.
Capitol Principal Kimberly Williams said longtime Capitol coach and athletic director Alvin Stewart will remain on staff as an adviser.
“Bringing Valencia back into the family fold as our girls basketball coach was a big part of this,” Williams said. “One of things we wanted to do was bring alumni back to be part of the program here.
“Coach Stewart is still so valuable to our mission and the things we do. We want him to be involved. I’m excited about Traci. I’ve been impressed with her since the moment I met here She is very much about the students and getting them involved. We’d love to add a bowling team next.”
Williams said Johnny Duncan will remain as the Lions football and boys track coach. Former Pointe Coupee Central coach Toby St. Cyr is the new boys basketball coach. Ex-Capitol and LSU player Chris Bass, brother of former Capitol star and current NBA player Brandon Bass, is the new assistant coach.
Alicia Collins, an assistant to Wilson at Redemptorist, is set to be an assistant girls basketball coach and coach for a JV softball team. Assistant football coach Timothy Lord is set to coach a JV baseball team. Another Capitol graduate, Keshawn Williams, is set to be an assistant girls basketball coach.
Former Denham Springs multisport athlete Katie Roux has been hired as the volleyball coach at Live Oak. Roux played college softball at McNeese State.
Johnson wins title
East Iberville’s Julia Johnson carded a 7-under-par 64 to win the girls division at the Louisiana Champions Invitational on Tuesday at Tamahka Trails Golf Club in Marksville.
Sulphur’s Brooke Tyree was second with a 1-under 70.
Hahnville’s Colin Troxler won the boys division with a 4-under score of 66. Catholic High’s William Meyers was part of three-way tie for second that included Benton’s Hayden White and Jeffrey Berry of C.E. Byrd.
Grant Welch of Runnels and St. Thomas More’s Drew Gonzales were part of the tie for fifth at 72.