For at least two days, Andria Waguespack will be once again coaching at Louisiana College.
The current St. Thomas More softball coach will lead the West squad in the annual Louisiana High School Coaches Association Softball All-Star Game this weekend in Pineville. Waguespack spent two seasons at the private school, serving as assistant softball coach as the Wildcats won 74 games and reached the NCAA Division III regional finals twice.
Waguespack returns and will coach against her former head coach Tim Whitman, who will be coaching the East squad. The first game is slated for 6 p.m. Friday and the second game at 1 p.m. Saturday.
“It is an absolute honor,” Waguespack said. “Anytime you can coach a high standard of kids like this and get to coach against one of my friends is amazing.”
This is the first time that Waguespack will be the head coach at the all-star game, but she knows the challenges, having served as an assistant once before. The main challenge is that she gets little time with her all-stars before taking the field for a game. The event’s participants do not arrive until the morning of the first game.
“You get very little time with them unless you have watched them up close this season,” Waguespack said. “You get that limited time to practice and figure out what your team can do and then play that night.”
With the talent level being so high on both squads, Waguespack isn’t as worried about how each player can contribute but in what role they will contribute in.
“You are just looking to see what positions they are comfortable in,” Waguespack said. “Most of these girls can play multiple positions, so we are just looking what is the best for them and the team. Mainly that practice session is about shaking off the rust.”
Waguespack isn’t the only Acadiana softball fixture at this weekend’s games.
Six players, all on the West roster, hail from area teams including Cecilia’s Kacey Latiolais, Kaplan’s Olivia Gabor, Notre Dame’s Elise LeBeouf and Taylor Satchell and Teurlings Catholic’s Summer Ellyson and Monique Lavergne.
Many of those girls have already signed with major college programs including Ellyson (Louisiana-Lafayette), Satchell (LSU) and LeBeouf (University of Houston). For Latiolais, she views the all-star game as an opportunity to catch a scout’s eye. The only offer Latiolais currently holds is from Meridian Community College in Mississippi.
“It is great having this chance to play with and against the best players in the state,” Latiolais said. “If college scouts are there, I would love to get an offer to play for a college, especially in the state.
“But I am just excited to get to play in the game.”