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Louisiana's Cecchini named 2019 Baseball Coach of the Year

Thursday, May 16, 2019  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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The National High School Coaches Association (“NHSCA”) is proud to announce Glenn Cecchini of Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana as its National High School Baseball Coach of the Year.


Earlier this year, Cecchini became the 13th high school baseball coach in the nation to win over 900 baseball games during his career. On Tuesday, Cecchini led Barbe to its 10th overall Louisiana state championship with an 8-2 win over Sam Houston in the Class 5A state championship. His team is currently ranked No. 7 in the USA TODAY Super 25 national rankings. Cecchini’s 2014 team was named national champs.


In 2018, Cecchini was inducted into the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame for his outstanding career that has spanned three decades.


“We are extremely pleased to honor Coach Cecchini,” said Eric Hess, Executive Director of the NHSCA. “He has established Barbe as one of the top baseball programs in Louisiana and the nation. He exhibits a strong dedication to supporting and developing his high school student-athletes in the classroom and outside of it.”


Cecchini is the first Louisiana coach to be named the NHSCA National Baseball Coach of the Year.


Throughout May, the NHSCA will be announcing the 2018-2019 Coach of the Year honorees in 20 boys’ and girls’ sports. This marks the 20th consecutive year the NHSCA has honored achievers within the high school athletic community nationwide.


Each of the honorees will receive a beautiful plaque.  In addition, the Coach of the Year honoree will be displayed in the National High School Digital Sports Hall of Fame that is currently under development.


Past NHSCA National Baseball Coaches of the Year:

2018 – Eric Kibler – Horizon HS, Arizona

2017 – Todd Boyer – Shawnee HS, Oklahoma

2016 – Rich Bielski – Archbishop McCarty HS, Florida

2015 – Chan Brown – Parkview HS, Georgia
2014 – Ken Frank – Toms River South HS, New Jersey
2013 – Phil Clark – Bartlett High School, Bartlett, Tennessee
2012 – Gene Schultz – Kee HS, Iowa
2011 – Tom O’Connell – Catholic Central HS, Wisconsin
2010 - Jerry Dawson – Chaparral HS, Arizona
2009 – Guy Anderson – Cordova HS, California
2008 – Jerry Boatner – West Lauderdale HS, Florida
2007 – Ron Eastman – The Woodlands, Texas
2006 – Scott Salow – Homer HS, Michigan
2005 – Stan McKeever – La Cueva HS, New Mexico
2004 – Jeff Griffith – Cactus HS, Arizona
2003 – Jim Danley – Eaton HS, Colorado
2002 – John Lowery – Jefferson HS, West Virginia
2001 – Rich Hofman – Westminster Academy, Florida
2000 – Sam Blalock – Rancho Bernardo, California


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