St. Michael the Archangel is in the market for new head football coach. Justin Hutchinson has resigned after one season as head coach of the Warriors to become the defensive coordinator at Central High.

“I told the boys (St. Michael players) that this is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” Hutchinson said. “Had it been just about any other school, there is a good chance I would have turned it down. But Central is where I got my coaching start in 2006 under Keith Menard. Sid (Edwards, Central head coach) is one of mentors who has taught me so much about football and coaching.”

Hutchinson led St. Michael to a 3-8 record in his only season as head coach. He spent two years as an assistant at Denham Springs before moving to St. Michael.

St. Michael Athletic Director Rob Smith said the school will decide how it plans to handle the coaching search in the days ahead.

“It is tough not only to find a coach football, but also a quality person and Justin is both,” Smith said.

Hutchinson replaces Matt Edwards, who moved to Port Allen High in January. Hutchinson is one of three recent additions to the Central staff. Joey Jarreau (Denham Springs) and Greg Morris (False River) are assistants who moved from other schools.

Grizzly greats

Former LSU pitcher Patrick Coogan, Houston head football coach Major Applewhite, former Tennessee standout Cory Gaines and recently retired NFL punter Donnie Jones will be inducted into Catholic High’s Grizzly Greats Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday.

The ceremony is set for 6 p.m. at L’Auberge-Baton Rouge. Gaines played four years at Tennessee and one year in the NFL. Coogan was the winning pitcher in LSU’s 1996 title game and played six years professionally.

Applewhite was a quarterback at Texas and just completed his first season as head coach at Houston. Jones retired after being part of the Philadelphia Eagles’ run to the Super Bowl title earlier this month.

Girls all-tournament

Ursuline’s Kourtney Weber was voted the MVP of the All-Tournament team for the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Basketball tournament that was released Tuesday.

Area players on the team included Jaycee Hughes of Holden, Madison Prep’s Kennedi Green, Tristen Washington of East Ascension, McKinley’s Alexius Horne and Diamond Hunter of Lee.

Burrell ranks No. 2

Zachary High sophomore sprinter Sean Burrell’s 400 meters time of 46.65 seconds from last weekend’s West Feliciana Invite ranks second nationally in the early outdoor season rankings.

Job opening

Donaldsonville-based Ascension Catholic seeks a head volleyball coach for 2018-19. Teaching positions available are yet to be determined.

Contact ACHS Athletic Director Drey Trosclair at (225) 473-9227 or send emails to

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