In his 30 seasons as head boys basketball coach at Lafayette’s St. Thomas More Catholic High, Danny Broussard has stressed the importance of tradition, consistency and preparing intensely for each game and tournament.
It’s been a winning philosophy that has made the Cougars one of the top teams in Class 4A. And now it has netted Broussard his 800th career win.
STM (8-0) gave Broussard No. 800 by beating North Caddo 62-60 in the final of Shreveport-based tournament at Northwood High on Saturday. He now has a career mark of 800-268.
“I consider myself to be a traditionalist,” Broussard said. “And this is certainly about tradition. We have teams that are normally not blessed with a lot of height. We stress that fundamentals, execution and playing the game the right way is what gets you through.
“I’ve been so blessed. I’ve only had five assistant coaches, who have all been so good. And most important, there have been players who bought into the things I wanted to do.”
Broussard, 53, spent one season as an assistant at STM to his brother, Rickey, before taking over as the Cougars’ head coach in 1983-84.
During his tenure, St. Thomas More has been ranked in the elite of Class 4A. He has had just one losing season, 10 30-win seasons and has failed to win at least 20 games in a season just three times.
Broussard led the Cougars to a Class 3A state title in 1986 and state runner-up berths in 3A in 1987 and 4A in both 1999 and 2003. His STM teams have made eight Louisiana High School Athletic Association state tournament appearances.
The ability to adjust to both the changes in basketball and an ever-changing roster have been among Broussard’s strengths as a coach.
“You know, through the years, the game has changed,” Broussard said. “As a coach, you have to adapt to the game and the players you have. I think we’ve run five different offensive systems since I’ve been here.
“We’re normally not blessed with a lot of height, and we’re guard oriented. Again, I’ve been blessed to have players and assistant coaches who have believed in the things we do.”