Call it a North Baton Rouge version of football lost and found for two Class 2A schools.
Justin Joseph has been hired as the defensive coordinator for Redemptorist and has resigned as head coach at Istrouma.
“I just felt like it (Redemptorist job) would be a better opportunity,” Joseph said. “And it was one of the toughest things I’ve done because I’m an Istrouma graduate and I built a relationship with the kids. I tried to be there for them, and they know that I still want to be there for the ones who want to call me.”
The 25-year-old Joseph, who was hired last July, led Istrouma to a 2-7 record in Class 4A. Istrouma dropped to Class 2A when the Louisiana High School Athletic Association reclassified schools.
Joseph joins the Redemptorist staff of first-year coach Terence Williams. The schools are set to be District 6-2A rivals this fall.
Istrouma Principal Robert Webb said the process to hire a football coach has begun while Istrouma prepares for its second year as Louisiana Recovery District School.
“There is a process we have to go through,” Webb said. “We’re hoping to have something set in the next two or three weeks.”
The Dunham School has hired two former Parkview Baptist players, Bryan Villa and Brandon Lawley, as its football coordinators for the fall.
Villa, most recently the defensive coordinator at Brother Martin, will be the defensive coordinator for the Tigers. Lawley, previously the wide receivers coach at Arkansas-Monticello, will be the offensive coordinator for Dunham coach Guy Mistretta.
St. Joseph’s Academy senior-to-be Rachel Fenner and Eleanor Fenner, a junior-to-be at Ben Franklin, were selected to the ’96 Region 3 Youth Soccer Development final pool following a week of competition in Montavello, Ala.
Fenner is a center defender and Pratt is a center midfielder. Region 3 includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Carolina. A total of 250 players from 11 states competed for 35 spots in the final pool.
Two Baton Rouge area girls soccer players, Episcopal’s Caroline Goodner and Dutchtown’s Ashley Alexander, were selected the NSCAA Winter/Spring Scholar All-Americans squad.
Goodner helped the Knights advance to the Division III quarterfinals. Alexander led the Griffins to the Division I regional round.
The deadline to submit football questionnaires for The Advocate’s high school football preview sections is closing in. Schools from Baton Rouge, New Orleans, the Bayou region, river parishes, Florida Parishes, Acadiana and the Northshore regional will be included in one of the two high school editions. Schools should submit questionnaires by July 22.
An online questionnaire is available on the high schools page at www.theadvocate.com. Coaches can also receive a form by email or fax by contacting Robin Fambrough at (225) 383-1111, extension 80412. Submitting a questionnaire completed for another media group is OK, as long it includes detailed information on players scheduled to start this fall.
Dutchtown High seeks a certified nonfaculty wrestling coach for the 2013-14 season. Coaching experience is a plus. Contact DHS Athletic Director Benny Saia at (225) 391-6232.
Call NHS Athletic Director Trent Ellis at (225) 288-9434.
Jewel Sumner’s Devin King has advanced to Sunday’s boys pole vault final at the IAAF World Youth Championships.
King was the Division II indoor and Class 3A outdoor champion during the high school season.