Two area coaches named finalists for Louisiana Broyles Award


Two area coaches have been named finalists for the Louisiana Broyles Award by the Louisiana Football Coaches Association. The award recognizes the one of the top high school assistant football coaches in the state.

Captain Shreve defensive coordinator Chip Kendall and Benton offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Terrence Smith are among nine coaches up for the award that will be announced later this summer.

Kendall has been an assistant at Captain Shreve six years and been a coach for 25 years.

Smith has been at Benton four years and teaching 12 years.

Parkway baseball: The Panthers announced that Brian Harvey will be the replacement for departing head coach Sham Gabehart. Harvey, a native of Bossier City, previously coached at North Caddo, Southwood and Bossier High. He was an assistant for one year at Southwood before joining the Parkway staff last season.

Gabehart returned to Baton Rouge to be closer to his family after one season at the helm for the Panthers.

Harvey, who has spent the past 20 years coaching and teaching in Caddo and Bossier Parishes, is a Bossier High graduate who played at Bossier Parish Community College and LSUS after high school.

Byrd softball: The Lady Jackets are looking for a new head coach after Alyssa Ford resigned to take another teaching job.

Ford, who spent five years at Byrd, will move across the river and become an adapted physical education teacher.

Haughton softball: Brian St. Andre was named the head coaching for the Lady Bucs after former coach Leanne Prather left to take an assistant softball job at North DeSoto.

St. Andre, who has been coaching at Haughton for 18 years, previously coached in the softball program under Hal Harlan. He is also a former boys basketball coach at the school.

Prather led the program for nine season compiling a 128-102 record.