Jay Jay Juan named volleyball coach at Sacred Heart

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It did not take long.

One of the outstanding volleyball coaches in Louisiana is remaining in New Orleans at an excellent school.

Jay Jay Juan has been hired as the new head coach at Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Juan takes over the Cardinal program which captured the Division IV state championship this past year.

A six-time state championship coach, Juan is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel and Tulane.

Juan departed Ursuline Academy at the end of the 2020-21 school year after 12 years teaching physical science, environmental science and biology while serving as athletic director and head volleyball coach.

At Ursuline, Juan led the Lions to three state championships. Ursuline reached the semifinals in Division III in 2021, falling to eventual state champion Archbishop Hannan in the semifinals.

Juan replaces Sinisa Momic, who stepped down to make a family move out of state.

“I think it is a new environment with a great group of kids willing to work hard everyday,” Juan said. “We are just trying to build on the history they have here. We lost a core group of seniors here but we have solid young players and there is a winning tradition here. Whatever is past is past and we will establish our own identity with chemistry.”

The state championship in 2020 was the first since 2006 for the Cardinals and the 14th in school history.

Previously, Juan coached at Mount Carmel Academy (1995-2006), leading the Cubs to three state titles.

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