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Ascension Catholic head coach Todd Landry chats with his son, senior Andrew Landry, in the dugout.

Gee Cassard was seldom far from his baseball roots. As he built a résumé on the college and high school levels, he never expected to go home again. Until now.

Cassard, most recently the head coach Vandebilt Catholic, is returning to his alma mater, Ascension Catholic, as head baseball coach. And there is a unique twist.

The 1989 ACHS graduate will team up with two former teammates, including the most recent Bulldog coach, Todd Landry, in his return to the Donaldsonville-based Class 1A school. ACHS has a string of LHSAA tourney appearances, including a Division IV select title in 2018 and a semifinal berth in 2019.

“You know, this was something I never thought would happen,” Cassard said. “Obviously, I’ve kept up with the program and watched Todd build it up to a level where it is one of the best in 1A.

“Now the chance to coach with him and another former ACHS teammate, Larry Dunn, is great. Lala (Regira field) has always been special to me since I played there. It’s good to come back.”

The 50-year-old Cassard spent five years as head coach at VCHS. A longtime Thibodaux resident, he also had two stints coaching/working with the Nicholls State program and spent six years at Loyola-New Orleans and was head coach for five years.

Landry decided to step down after 13 seasons and assume an assistant coach’s role after the 2020 season that was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the Bulldogs have won more than 100 games during the past six years, Landry believes hiring Cassard make the ACHS program stronger.

“I’ve had the opportunity to meet lots of great people, work with a wonderful coaching staff and a great administrator in Mrs. Sandy (Pizzolato),” Landry said in a prepared statement. “And the kids over the years have been the light of my life.

“He (Cassard) is a tremendous baseball coach, but an even better man. He is just the man to lead this program to an even higher level going forward.”

Fuller fills out staff

Former Parkview Baptist and Stephen F. Austin standout Devin Ducote has been hired as the defensive coordinator at West Feliciana. Ducote, most recently on analyst on Les Miles’ Kansas staff, joins the staff of Hudson Fuller at WFHS.

Ducote and Fuller met as graduate assistants at LSU under Miles. Fuller also added two other assistants, Chance Hester (special teams) and Byron Johnson (defensive backs). Fuller, the former offensive coordinator at Catholic High, was hired as the Saints’ head coach in April.

Hester, the brother for former LSU star Jacob Hester, was previously an assistant at St. John. Johnson, who played for Fuller at Millsaps, moves over from The Dunham School.

Extra point

Assistant coach Clark Nocentelli is coordinating workouts for Class 1A East Iberville while the school seeks a new head coach.

Ron LeJeune resigned last week for personal reasons, closing out a second three-year stint at the school. LeJeune is set to return to Plaquemine as a assistant football coach/head track coach.


Email Robin Fambrough at rfambrough@theadvocate.com