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New coaches named at Central Lafourche, Assumption


Assumption and Central Lafourche high schools have announced new coaching hires.

Assumption has named Kirk Delatte as its new head softball coach.

Central Lafourche has promoted Shelly Vedros as its athletic director, and it has named Arien Faucett as its new girls’ basketball coach.

Delatte takes over the head softball position at Assumption, replacing former coach Boyd Fussell, who stepped down at the end of the 2012-13 season. Fussell said he decided to resign to let someone else take over the program, but he will remain as a teacher and contributor to the athletic department.

The Lady Mustangs had a 13-16 overall record and enjoyed a trip to the Class 4A second-round playoffs this year.

Delatte heads to Assumption after a stint at Ascension Catholic High School. Delatte was an athletic director and the head softball coach at Ascension Catholic, leading his team to a 22-7 record and a trip to the Class 1A quarterfinals.

Assumption athletic director Sandy Fussell said Delatte will also serve as an assistant football coach for the Mustangs.

"We are real excited to have him on board," Sandy Fussell said. "He decided to be here. He's going to be an asset to our football program as well, so hopefully he will continue the competitive tradition of our softball program."

Central Lafourche has also announced key hires in its athletic department.

Vedros, a longtime teacher and coach at Central Lafourche, will replace Travis Douglas as the school's athletic director. Vedros will take over all of Douglas' old roles, which include overseeing the entire athletic department and serving as an assistant coach/defensive coordinator for the Trojans' football team. Douglas resigned last month to take a position in the private sector.

"I'm fortunate enough to have this opportunity to lead the program," Vedros said. "Coach Douglas had the program in the right direction. I'm just going to keep on going with it."

Central Lafourche principal Chris Kimball said there were several other Central Lafourche coaches in consideration for the athletic director job, but he felt like Vedros was the right person to handle it.

"I think he's going to do well," Kimball said. "He's been at Central for a while. He's dedicated to the school. He knows the school. He's going to do a great job. I think he's going to continue moving the athletic department in the right direction. We're excited about the hire."

Vedros said Kyla Ledet will replace him as the head tennis coach at Central Lafourche. When the upcoming school year starts in August, Central Lafourche will have new first-year head coaches in football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball and tennis.

"We have a lot of new faces coming in," Vedros said. "I think they are going to do a great job. They are all enthusiastic. We have some good coaches at Central. I feel fortunate to work with the new coaches coming in and the old ones as well. We're going to work to get our program up into the elite level."

Faucett will replace former Central Lafourche girls basketball coach Brett Smith, who has moved on to a new teaching and coaching job at East Thibodaux Middle School.

Faucett, a native of Pascagoula, Miss., has experience working as an assistant on the college and high school levels at two coaching stops in Florida. She was also a head coach at Lanier County High School in Lakeland, Ga., leading it to its best record in school history.

Faucett will lead a Central Lafourche team that nearly made the playoffs last season with a 15-12 record. The Lady Trojans return all but two players from last year's team.

"(Faucett) has some experience on the high school level as an assistant and head coach," Kimball said. "She's been successful. We're excited about her coming in. We nearly missed out on the playoffs last year. We have some returning starters coming back, so hopefully she's excited about coming in and getting started. We're trying to get over that hump and get into the playoffs."

Faucett said she "couldn't be happier" about becoming the new girls’ basketball coach at Central Lafourche.

"It just felt like it would be a really good fit for me," Faucett said. "Winning of course is what we all want to do. It's fantastic, but the biggest thing that I want to focus on is making sure that the team and the girls grow to be excellent young ladies. My goal is to have as many of them get into college as they possibly can so they can come back into the community and be great contributing leaders in society."

TROJANS BASKETBALL WILL HOLD WORKOUTS IN JULY

Kimball said Central Lafourche's boys’ basketball team will hold summer workouts and tryouts at the school on July 15-19 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The workouts, which will be led by new Trojans basketball coach Mark Sanders, will be for all returning senior, junior and sophomore players and incoming freshmen.

For information, contact Central Lafourche's main office at 532-3319.