What I like most about covering high school sports can be summed up in two words — the people.
That’s why it’s important for me to pay tribute to three coaches/administrators I’ve had the pleasure to work with during my 25-plus years in the Baton Rouge area.
Episcopal’s Myra McClure Mansur, McKinley’s Brenda Simon and Broadmoor’s Larry Grayson all previously announced their retirement plans. Each played a different role and found ways to make their presence felt for decades.
Mansur and Simon more were active on a statewide basis working through the LHSCA. Mansur served as the president of the LHSCA in 2007 and also served a term as the LHSADA president.
Mansur and Simon coached in LHSCA all-star games. Simon was a regular working with either the volleyball or girls basketball all-star games through their final 15 years at LSU.
Though she is perhaps best known as a volleyball coach, Mansur also has been recognized for her work as an athletic director. She orchestrated the addition of softball at Episcopal and was the team’s first coach.
Simon coached basketball and volleyball at McKinley. She also worked as a softball umpire and was the longtime faculty coordinator for McKinley’s boys soccer program.
Grayson was a boys basketball coach at Ascension Catholic, Lee and Broadmoor. He became a jack-of-many trades at Broadmoor in recent years, most recently helping with athletic training chores.
All three played a role in helping raise generations of athletes who have gone on to become successful adults. They got paid to do it, but trust me, these coaches and many others work above and beyond to do whatever is needed.
Those of us who follow high school sports closely understand that working as a high school coach isn’t just about making money or winning games. It’s about teaching life lessons along with sports skills.
“It takes a village to raise a child,” is a quote we all know.
I’ve got another for you: It takes a caring coach to help raise villages of children who succeed in life.
This is my salute to these three coaches and others like them on a job well done. Thank you and good luck.
Area baseball coaches in all classes will meet to pick All-Metro baseball teams at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Denham Springs High School library.
Coaches in Classes 5A and 4A will meet to select one team and the coaches in 3A and below will meet to pick the other. The deadline for nominations has been extended to noon Monday. Nominations should be sent to Robin Fambrough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dunham School boys/girls basketball teams seek an opponent the first week of the season 2016-17 season. The Dunham boys team also needs teams for its Thanksgiving tournament Nov. 21-22.
The boys tourney comes with a three-games guarantee. Contact Chad Myers at (225) 938-0808 or email@example.com.