East Baton Rouge Parish School System Athletics Supervisor Ken Jenkins is set to retire this summer after 19 years on the job and a total of 46 years in the EBR school system.
Jenkins met with the area’s athletic directors for the final time on Friday.
“I’ve had a couple of people have asked me what I’m going to miss,” Jenkins said. “I’m going to miss the coaches and athletics directors I work with, along with the kids and activities we have. It’s about the people I’ve gotten to know and friendships I’ve made.”
The 69-year-old Jenkins helped oversee facility upgrades at several schools, including a new stadium and track at Broadmoor, the revamping of facilities at Glen Oaks so that the school could host football games for the first time in more than 40 years and the new athletic complex at Baton Rouge High.
There were other upgrades at McKinley, Northeast and Woodlawn. Most of the improvements were made possible by a Federal Stimulus Package. Gymnasiums at a number of schools also were upgraded.
Jenkins also was part of the system’s move to a 2.0 grade- point-average requirement for athletes. He served on the board of the Louisiana High School Athletic Directors Association and also served on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s executive committee during his EBR tenure.
A former elementary and middle school physical education teacher, Jenkins helped found EBR’s middle school fitness competition and recently helped coach the parish’s elementary school fitness team to its ninth state title in 10 years.
Jenkins also was a supervisor for several other areas in addition to athletics at various times during his time with EBR, including arts and music.
Hargroder to Central
Zachary boys basketball coach Brian Hargroder has resigned and will move Central High for 2014-15. Hargroder will teach math, serve as an assistant football coach and is expected to have other assigned duties.
Hargroder, who spent one season at Zachary, cited the change as a family decision, noting his wife is a guidance counselor at Central.
“I’d like to thank Mr. (Wes) Watts for giving me the opportunity to coach at Zachary,” Hargroder said. “I also want to thank my players and want to tell them I will miss them.
“This decision was made strictly for family reasons. When it comes down to it, you have to put your family first.”
Before the Zachary job, Hargroder served as the boys basketball coach for nine seasons and athletic director for six years at Live Oak.
Cavin, Elston to compete
The Dunham School’s Sydney Cavin and Catholic High’s Triston Elston are scheduled to compete in the Louisiana Champions Golf Invitational set for Monday at Marksville’s Tamahka Trails Golf Club.
Cavin was the Division II girls runner-up, while Elston placed third in the Division I boys competition. Defending champions Drew Gonzales of St. Thomas More and Angelica Harris of McGehee also return to compete.
All-Metro baseball, track
Baseball coaches in Class 5A-4A and 3A-2A will meet to select the All-Metro baseball team at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Denham Springs High library.
Nominations should include the player’s position, grade and season statistics need to be submitted to Robin Fambrough at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (225) 388-0318 by noon Sunday. Players must be first-team all-district in order to be nominated. These nominations also will be used for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-State teams.
There is no All-Metro meeting for track. All track coaches are asked to submit top marks for their athletes from the outdoor season also to email@example.com. The track deadline is May 20.
The Advocate sports staff is still looking to obtain some all-district baseball and softball teams. Please submit those teams by fax or email ASAP.
Submit teams by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (225) 388-0318. Nominations for LSWA all-state should be submitted to the same email/fax by noon Sunday.
The Dunham School boys basketball seeks opponents Nov. 19, Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Jan. 27. Call coaches Chad Myers at (225) 938-0808 or Jonathan Pixley at (225) 938-0838.
Plaquemine seeks teams for its baseball tournament set for the third weekend of the 2015 season. Interested teams should contact PHS coach Scott Allen at (225) 202-5108.
Two All-Metro wrestling MVPs, Catholic High’s James Claitor and Live Oak’s Cody Hill, have signed with out-of-state schools.
Claitor, the Baton Rouge area’s Division I MVP, signed with California State Polytechnic University. He compiled a 35-3 record in the 145-pound weight class. Hill, the Division II MVP, signed with Tennessee-Chattanooga. He finished 76-4 competing in several weight classes and become the first wrestling signee for a Livingston Parish school.
Central shortstop-pitcher Cole Edgens signed with Bossier Parish Community College last week. Edgens helped lead the District 4-5A Wildcats to the playoffs with a .381 batting average and 27 runs scored as a leadoff hitter.
Catholic High baseball players Nick Coomes, Clay Moffitt, Connor Whalen and Hunter D’Armond all signed last weekend.
Moffitt and Coomes signed with LSU-Eunice after committing to the Bengals last fall. Whalen signed with Nicholls State and D’Armond signed with Spring Hill College of Mobile, Alabama.
Other Catholic signings include soccer player Chris Bordelon (Coker College), bowler Curtis Westmoland (Spring Hill), track athlete Arthur Price (Louisiana-Lafayette) and golfers Matt Jakuback (Loyola-New Orleans) and Brennan LeBlanc (Lynn University).
Former Central Private baseball player Ryan Young earned second-team all-conference honors as a shortstop for Mississippi-based Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
Young led the Wolves with 42 hits, including 36 singles during his sophomore season.