Kade Thibodeaux named new head SJHS boys’ hoop mentor

Staff reports

Former multi-sport standout and St. John High School 2004 graduate Kade Thibodeaux has been hired recently as the new Eagle boys’ basketball coach. The hiring was announced last week by Athletic Director Mike Dugan.

“I knew Kade as a young grade school student athlete at St. John during my first tenure as coach and teacher at the school. By the time I returned for a second stint he had graduated, but left his mark in the athletic program. I think he will be a perfect fit in our athletic department. He is very supportive of our plans to create an all-sport, boy and girl program to develop student athletes through an organized weight program,” commented Coach Dugan.

Thibodeaux attended both McNeese State and LSU, graduating in Business. He was an assistant football coach on the Redemptorist High School staff and spent two and a half years in a marketing career for a hospital.

While at St. John he was a standout in basketball, football, and track. He earned all-district honors in all three sports as a running back and safety for the Eagle football team, a solid basketball team leader, and as a long jumper and member of the SJHS 4x100 relay team unit.

The opening for the boys’ basketball coaching position came when Vincent Argrave decided to leave SJHS at the end of the school year to join previous Eagle football coach Barry “Tut” Musemeche at Live Oak High School. At the time, Argrave told PS Sports, he wanted to follow his former prep coach at St. Michaels High as well as have the opportunity to coach at a closer distance to his home in Baton Rouge.

When Argrave departed the girls’ basketball coaching position opened up. Boys’ hoop mentor Chase Mancuso requested a move from the boys’ team to the girls’ hoop program to coincide with his successful girls’ volleyball program, leaving a opening to be filled for the boys’ hoop mentoring position.

“Two things I see as a bright future for St. John boys’ basketball…A well-organized weight program for all-sport athletes at the school and the development of a strong feeder program for the sport from elementary to middle to high school. My former St. John basketball coach Chris Raymond had a very good feeder system at the school and I want to see that same situation develop. We will be young this coming season, but the young players are open-minded and enthusiastic,” commented Thibodeaux.

The former Eagle will head up basketball and assist in both football and track. He will teach history and psychology.