“He wasn’t hired to be friendly to players and their whiny parents… like him or not, he’s one of the most winningest coaches in the history of high school baseball in Louisiana. He’s had a great career and he has more character in his pinky than some people’s entire families have. He was a role model to a lot of people and if you could see how many people he’s impacted, you would value and respect his position for the past 20 years. I’m sorry he wasn’t able to be BFF’s with his players or drink beer and party with their parents, but he is a damn good coach and an even better person and shame on anyone who tries to take that away from him.”
I continued to comment:
“I don’t want to go around talking about this because what’s done is done. I just felt the need to comment because my dad is the most honest, objective, and classy guy, with more loyalty and integrity than I’ve seen in any other person. When… someone questions my dad’s character after he’s remained the same person for the past 20 years, I will defend that. I will defend it because he deserves more respect than that. My dad devoted so much time to caring for other people’s children. Yes, he had to show tough love to teach the boys that they need to work hard and stand on their own two feet. You won’t learn that in life until someone stops babying you. Life’s tough, and if you can’t make it through a high school baseball season then I feel sorry for your future. Who ever worked the hardest and performs on the diamond is the one that gets to play. I’m sorry that my dad never coached for the fans, but if he had, what kind of lesson is that teaching our kids? My dad never cared about who your parents were, or if you had money, and if he had parent problems, he would NEVER take it out on the kid! When I was younger I couldn’t understand why he couldn’t just sit the kid to teach the parent that he was Head Coach for a reason, but now I understand how he saw it. I’m in a psychology of coaching class at LSU and everything my teacher teaches is exactly what my dad does. Not that there is any perfect way to coach, but based on information gathered from years of coaching, my dad is pretty damn good. I DARE someone to try to argue with me based on my dad’s coaching abilities and/or character. It’s a shame that parents don’t just let the kids play. Anytime I wanted my dad to tell my soccer coach to give me more playing time, he said no and that I just needed to work harder. He said if after I was busting my ass and I felt the coach wasn’t being fair, that it was my responsibility to talk to them and figure it out. Thank God I wasn’t babied when it came to sports because I am a successful person on my way to LAW SCHOOL because of it. My former boyfriend, Mitch, played for Manieri at LSU and you wouldn’t believe half the BS that goes on there. My dad would never intentionally hurt anyone the way other programs have. So go on and disagree with my dad as a coach, but no one should EVER question his ability/ heart!!!”
My dad built the St.Amant High School Baseball Program. Until last night, I was a proud alumni because of my dad and the reputation he earned with that program. Seeing our community respond to these false allegations made against my dad is enough to make my heart heavy. Hundreds of people have tried making contact with people close to my dad to express the impact he had on their lives and to thank him for the program he built. He built a legacy at St. Amant High School over 20 years and it’s a crying shame that the school board appeased disgruntled parents over their playing time and the integrity of my dad and the program he made successful.