St. Amant High boys basketball coach Gary Duhe has been hired as the first director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association.
Duhe was one of three finalists who interviewed for the job on Thursday at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association office. A five-member committee that included LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson and Assistant Director Keith Alexander conducted the interviews.
Duhe said he resigned his position at St. Amant and filled out retirement papers with the Ascension Parish School System on Friday as he prepares to begin his new job within the LHSAA office on Aug. 1.
“I’m excited about the job,” Duhe said. “I’ve applied for jobs with the LHSAA before, but wasn’t the right fit. I was right for this one because they were looking for a coach who will work alongside the LHSAA.
“In a lot of ways, it is bittersweet. Today I realized that I’ll never coach another game, call another time out or plan another practice. St. Amant … the other coaches and administration have been so good to me, and I’ll miss that. But I’m really looking forward to this new challenge.”
The 59-year-old Duhe spent 38 years as a either an assistant or head boys basketball coach. He compiled a record of 739-262, including three state titles, two at Redemptorist and one at Chapel Trafton. He also coached Central High to a runner-up finish.
Duhe is the only coach to take four schools, Redemptorist, Trafton, Central and Plaquemine, to the LHSAA’s boys basketball tournament. He spent the past 13 years at St. Amant.
Coordinating the LHSCA’s annual all-star games and LHSCA Coaches Clinic, along with LHSCA membership all will be part of Duhe’s duties. He also will coordinate four LHSAA sports — tennis, golf, swimming and soccer.
“This is a position that has been talked about for years, going back before I came in as director,” Henderson said. “Communication is very important. This is a principals’ organization, but having someone in our office to represent our coaches and can communicate with them directly will be positive step for us.”
Two members of the LHSCA, President Terence Williams, of Redemptorist, and past president Randy Johnson, formerly of Ascension Episcopal, were part of the committee that conducted the interviews, along with LHSAA Vice President Vic Bonnaffee, of Central Catholic-Morgan City.
Being a voice for the coaches within the LHSAA is a key objective for Duhe.
“The LHSAA is a principals’ organization and through the years the coaches have felt like their voices aren’t always heard by the LHSAA,” Duhe said. “I want to be that voice and help bridge any kind of a gap there is.”