LSU football coach Ed Orgeron and his defensive coordinator, Dave Aranda, are the biggest names on the agenda of speakers for the Louisiana High School Coaches Association convention set for June 4-5 at the Shreveport Convention Center. The LSU duo are not the only notable speakers.

This marks the second straight year the  LHSCA event has been in Shreveport. Orgeron kicks off the list of speakers at 9 a.m. June 5. Aranda’s turn as a speaker follows at 10 a.m. 

Tulane football coach Willie Fritz is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. June 4 to help jump start the two-day session of lectures and meetings for coaches from across the state.

The first coach scheduled to speak Tuesday has Baton Rouge ties. Alabama State volleyball coach Penny Lucas-White is a former Tara High star and is scheduled to speak at 9 a.m. UL running backs coach Jabbar Juluke, the former Edna Karr coach, is among the 11 a.m. speakers.

Two other coaches, Catholic High wrestling coach Tommy Prochaska and former Catholic soccer coach Josh McReynolds of LSU-Eunice, are also among the 11 a.m. speakers.

Other notable Tuesday speakers include Berwick baseball coach Brandon Bravata, a former Redemptorist player (3 p.m.), Catholic High football coach Gabe Fertitta (4 p.m.) and Southern University safeties coach/recruiting coordinator Wayne Cordova (4 p.m.).

The Wednesday morning schedule includes LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, LSU Alexandria basketball coach Larry Cordaro and Southern Mississippi coach Jay Ladner. Cordaro was once on staff at LSU, and Ladner is the former Southeastern Louisiana University coach.

Women’s basketball coaches set to speak back-to-back in the afternoon session are Nicholls State’s DoBee Plaisance and Brooks Donald Williams of ULM. Donald Williams is the former McNeese coach who recently took over as the ULM head coach after a stint as an assistant at Alabama.

All-Metro baseball meeting

The meeting to select All-Metro baseball teams is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Advocate’s offices. Coaches for Class 5A/4A will meet in one group and coaches for 3A and below will meet in another.

Coaches are asked to submit nominations to Robin Fambrough at

Rebels to RedHawks

Central Private unveiled its new mascot, the RedHawk, last week to students. CPS’ school board opted to change the school’s mascot of approximately 50 years, the Rebel.

The RedHawks join the LHSAA’s Class 1A in all sports this fall after being a longtime member of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.

Job openings

Central High seeks a head baseball coach. Teaching certification requirements are flexible. Send résumés to Frank Fresina at

• St. Joseph’s Academy seeks a swimming coach. Applicants must have at least five years of coaching experience. Send résumés to SJA Athletic Director Dorinda Beaumont at (225) 388-2290.

• Denham Springs seeks an assistant girls soccer coach. Contact DSHS coach Layci Patterson at