Brusly High has 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 High.
Loupe led the Pelicans to the Class 3A semifinals in 2008 and the quarterfinals in 2009. The 37-year-old Loupe's familiarity with the WBR system, which included a recent stint at a Brusly middle school, played a role in his hiring.
“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’s 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 approximately 10 applicants to replace Harold Boudreaux, who resigned last month to become head boys basketball coach at McKinley High in 2015-16. 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. Loupe’s final PAHS team was 23-7.