LHSCA’s Virtual Clinic features impressive list of speakers

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Since mid-March, the emergence of the novel coronavirus has played an unfortunate role in high school sports in Louisiana.

From playing the boys basketball state championships in an empty Burton Coliseum in mid-March to…..shutting down spring sport seasons in mid-April to…..delaying the start of workouts as per LHSAA summer rules to…..watching every press conference featuring John Bel Edwards and becoming experts on the “phases” and how it relates to high school sports, it has been the most unusual four months for the Louisiana prep scene since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Also falling victim to the coronavirus was the annual summer Coaches Convention hosted by the Louisiana High School Coaches Association.  The event was returning to its longtime, familiar spot on the calendar in late July at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge.  Attendance promised to increase with the move back to its traditional spot, but because of the Coronavirus, the LHSCA had to cancel the in-person event and make it virtual.  It will run from July 20th through July 23rd.

The 2020 LHSCA Virtual Clinic promises to be a tremendous professional development experience for athletic directors, administrators, and especially coaches in ALL sports.

For the first time in history, all 16 sanctioned sports and 2 non-sanctioned sports with the LHSAA will be represented by speakers who will share their ideas and expertise with clinic attendees. This event will feature over 130 speakers representing colleges/universities from around the country at every division/level. Professional coaches will dot the schedule along with many speakers in areas of professional development and sports performance as well.

Of course, the vast majority of speakers will represent the great state of Louisiana from high school and college/university ranks.  The LHSCA Virtual Clinic will welcome high school coaches from Arkansas who saw their clinic cancelled due to the Coronavirus.

A taste of the roster of speakers that will entertain the LHSCA Virtual Clinic attendees:

Football: LSU head coach Ed Orgeron and coordinators Steve Ensminger, Greg McMahon, and Bo Pelini.  Head coaches Tom Herman of the University of Texas and Lincoln Riley of the University of Oklahoma.  In-state head coaches Broderick Fobbs (Grambling), Dawson Odums (Southern), and St. Augustine High School alum Frank Wilson (McNeese) are on the docket.  Also on the schedule are Tulane defensive line coach Byron Dawson; Archbishop Rummel head coach Nick Monica; Destrehan head coach Marcus Scott; St. Augustine High School alum Cortez Hankton, passing game coordinator for the University of Georgia; Archbishop Shaw alum and current Notre Dame DBs coach Terry Joseph.

Basketball: Tulane head men’s coach Ron Hunter; LSU head coaches Will Wade and Nikki Fargas; Baylor head women’s coach Kim Mulkey; former John Curtis girls head coach Barbara Farris, now an assistant at Stetson University; Newman boys coach Randy Livingston; UNO head men’s coach Mark Slessinger.

Baseball: Delgado CC head coach Joe Scheuermann; CWS World Series hero Warren Morris; former LSU catcher Micah Gibbs; Southern head coach Kerrick Jackson; LLWS World Champion manager Scott Frazier.

Softball: LSU head coach Beth Torina; LSU All-American and Team USA outfielder Bailey Landry.

Volleyball: Former U.S. National Team Head Coach Terry Liskevych; Dominican head coach Jessica Chatellier; Dillard head coach Leshaunda Thompson.

Track&Field/Cross Country: Greg Duplantis, coach and father of world record holder Mondo Duplantis of pole vault fame; Tulane associate head coach Hasani Roseby; SUNO head coach Youenne Reed.

Some other featured speakers: DD Breaux, LSU Head Gymnastics; Jamie Meeks, New Orleans Saints Director of Sports Nutrition; Hayley Veitch, Tulane Head Women’s Bowling Coach; Leah Stancil, Tulane Head Swimming Coach; Ryan Lazaroe, Northshore

High School Head Girls Soccer Coach; James Schilling, Nicholls State Head Golf; Chris Brandi, LSU co-Head Men’s Tennis; Kelly & Jon Magendie, Lutcher High School Head Powerlifting; Blair Napolitano, Assistant Director of Compliance at LSU; Matt Pinero, St. Paul’s High School Head Wrestling; Director of Spirit Programs Brooke Bailey of University of Arkansas; and many more great presenters.

Check out www.lhsca.coachesclinic.com for the entire list of speakers and clinic schedule.  LHSCA coaches, athletic directors, and administrators will receive an e-mail concerning their free registration with a lifetime access option.  Members of the general public can also visit the website for registration information.


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Eric Held

Director, Louisiana High School Coaches Association

Eric Held is the Director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association (LHSCA) for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Eric has been a member of the LHSCA and the Louisiana Football Coaches Association (LFCA) since 1995, where he is a current board member. Prior to taking on the position with the state athletic association, Eric taught and coached for…

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