More than 700 coaches from across the state registered on the first day of the LHSCA convention being held at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge, a number that surpassed 2021 figures.
“Over 700…we’ve had over 800 for two days and hopefully we can top that total,” the LHSCA manager said. Eric Held said. “The first day went very well and we expect that to continue tomorrow.
“Coaching is a serious profession. Some people see this event as just a chance to hang out with other coaches. That’s right, but professional development is also part of it. All of the speakers today were great, and we expect the same tomorrow.
A sports medicine certification session led by several Ochsner Health officials and a name, image and likeness presentation by Ecker Sports attracted the most attendance.
Held said those in attendance earned certification for the sports medicine session and those in the NIL session received credit for their professional enrichment. Held noted that attendance for Monday’s track and field sessions exceeded attendance for 2021.
ORS Volleyball Sessions
Freshman LSU volleyball coach Tonya Johnson helped announce Tuesday’s LHSCA event at 9 a.m. discussing his three-season training plan — pre-season, in-season and off-season.
Johnson opened her session by noting that she is a former Zachary High player who helped LSU win two SEC titles and a Final Four berth in 1990. She has spent the past eight seasons as a recruiting coordinator at Texas .
What was a nearly full crowd when Johnson started his session became a standing crowd only after coaches grabbed extra chairs from an adjacent meeting room to fill any gaps.
A second session by Newman’s assistant coach Andre Beyer also drew a large crowd.
When one speaker was unable to attend due to illness and another was moved to a Wednesday slot, St. Thomas boys basketball coach More Danny Broussard and Southern Lab women’s basketball coach Quianna Chaney entered the range.
Broussard, who has 1,082 career wins, spoke about the culture and structure of his program.
“I was about to leave the house and almost didn’t bring my laptop,” Broussard said. “I went back and got it and I’m glad I did. I got a call to speak last night. So I used information from a clinic that I gave to our school a few years ago.
Chaney, who led the kittens to their first LHSAA women’s title since 2004 in February, spoke about rebuilding the Southern Lab program and the importance of looking beyond the current varsity team.
“Some coaches are absorbed in the team they have,” Chaney said. “And when that team graduates, there is a drop. It’s important to build with these younger groups and keep them involved so they’re ready when it’s their turn.
Centennial men’s basketball coach Chris Dorsey is now ready to demonstrate in the field at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Academy. Dorsey was originally scheduled to be a Tuesday speaker.
Also, former Mt. Carmel and Hahnville softball coach Jerry Nugent was added as a 3:30 p.m. speaker.
The LHSCA General Business Meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Room Premier I.