St. Martin’s Episcopal has elevated Johnny Collins from assistant coach to go baseball coach.
Collins succeeds Brady Benoit, who left lately after two years at St. Martin’s to turn out to be the brand new head coach at Northshore.
Collins has a bunch of teaching expertise, together with as an assistant at Episcopal (2002-03), Fontainebleau (2005), De La Salle (2005-14) and at Riverside Academy (2015-17).
At Riverside, Collins was an integral a part of Frank Cazeaux’s workers which gained a state championship in 2017 in Division III.
Cazeaux can be a former head baseball and soccer coach at St. Martin’s.
“Johnny is a good baseball man who is aware of and loves the sport and can do a terrific job at St. Martin’s,” Cazeaux stated. “He’ll slot in very nicely and can get probably the most out of his gamers.”
Collins was the top coach at Grace King (2018) and he was the Director of Baseball Operations at Southeastern Louisiana in 2004.
Most lately, Collins has additionally labored at The Good Shepherd College (2018-21) on a full-time foundation whereas serving part-time at St. Martin’s.
“I’m humbled and honored and really appreciative of the chance,” Collins stated. “I’m very grateful for Coach Benoit for bringing me there. We’re long-time buddies and former roommates. The bond is robust. I by no means noticed it turning on this path. I’m so grateful that St. Martin’s has the belief in me to deal with this place and I worth it drastically.”
The Saints went 9-18 this previous season in opposition to a troublesome schedule, going through the likes of Holy Cross, St. Augustine, John Curtis, Newman, Archbishop Shaw and South Lafourche.
“We had been younger final season so we like our future,” Collins stated. “We performed a troublesome schedule final yr. Now we have a mess of younger gamers who helped us final yr and we’ve an excellent crop of younger youngsters becoming a member of us this yr who performed this summer season who will make an instantaneous impression. We’re positioned to compete within the long-term.”
Collins really believes that he can succeed at St. Martin’s.
“After I left Grace King, I instructed myself I might solely coach once more if it was the best alternative,” Collins stated. “St. Martin’s was the best alternative. The children are nice. It’s the proper place. Two years in the past, I didn’t know that. I most definitely do now. I do know I could make a distinction in younger folks’s lives at this college, not simply on the sphere however as individuals as nicely.”