Live Oak High School announced Tuesday that former Zachary coach Jesse Cassard is the school's new baseball coach.
“This is about as good as it can get,” Cassard said. “I’ve been teaching and doing a little private business. I wasn’t sure what would come next. It is no secret I was looking to get back into high school coaching. This is a great opportunity. There’s a new complex with a baseball field in the works, but there's more to it than the facilities.
“I’m so impressed by the community, the administration, led by the Principal Beth Jones and Athletic Director Brett Beard as well as Kellee Hennessy (Dickerson), on the school board. They all share the same goals, the same vision and want their programs to succeed.”
Cassard spent 10 years as coach at Zachary, leading the Broncos to Class 4A titles from 2007-09. He spent the 2016-17 school year as coach at Sulphur before returning to the Zachary area where his family had remained.
In 11 seasons as a high school coach, Cassard has a record of 285-127. He has taken his team to the playoffs each year. Cassard takes over for Greg Briggs, who coached the Eagles through last weekend’s playoff loss to Barbe in Lake Charles. Briggs and his family are returning to their hometown, Alexandria, where he will be an assistant coach at Pineville High School.
Brian Bass, a Port Allen native and a Port Allen High School graduate, is the new baseball coach at Port Allen.
The 34-year-old Bass is the brother of Catholic High coach Brad Bass. He has spent the past six years teaching and coaching middle school at Holy Family School in Port Allen. Brian Bass also has served as a nonfaculty assistant coaching freshmen at Catholic.
“I’ve been the coach less than a week now and haven’t thought about the baseball part of it,” Bass said. “It’s been about going out into the community and building there.”
Six to sign at Runnels
Runnels will host a signing ceremony at noon Wednesday in the school’s gym for six athletes — soccer players Lainee Alfonso, Ally Garrity and Max Sager, baseball player Colin Bonine, distance runner Sam Matthews and swimmer Jordyn Miller.
Alfonso is set to sign with William Carey, while Garrity is scheduled to sign with West Alabama. Sager is set to play his college soccer at Birmingham-Southern.
Bonine, the son of LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine, will sign with Delgado Community College. Matthews is bound for TCU as a preferred walkon in track. Miller is set to swim at Birmingham Southern.
More McKinley sanctions
McKinley is facing addition fines because eight players who played in last week's Division I quarterfinal softball game against Mount Carmel were not listed on the school’s LHSAA softball roster.
The fine/sanctions do not make any of the athletes involved ineligible for other sports. Those players were correctly listed on other rosters but had not been added to the softball roster. The school was cited for a lack of administrative control in other sanctions announced last month.