St. John selects Mancuso head baseball coach
PLAQUEMINE – St. John the Evangelist High School recently selected Chase Mancuso its head baseball coach.
Mancuso, 29, has served as the school’s volleyball and girls basketball coach and was an assistant during the War Eagles’ run to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Tournament in 2013.
“I’m extremely excited for this opportunity,” Mancuso said. “This is a premier program in high school baseball and I'm looking forward to continuing and furthering the tradition and success we have had.
“We have a great group of kids returning and a lot of talent to build upon in the years to come. I want to put a product on the field that our school and community can be proud of.”
Mancuso is a 2002 St. John graduate. He succeeds Heath Whittington, who resigned earlier this month to become head softball coach at Ascension Episcopal located in Cade.
Whittington led the Eagles to a 25-6 record and a berth in the 1A semifinals this past year before falling to Sacred Heart-Ville Platte.
Mancuso, a graduate of the University of Louisiana – Lafayette, played four years in St. John’s baseball program during as a student and has led the Lady Eagles’ volleyball team to three straight appearances in the LHSAA State Volleyball Tournament.
He worked as a baseball assistant for Whittington for four years before stepping aside in 2013-14 to take on the girls’ basketball duties while also serving as St. John’s middle school athletic director.
Mancuso said he plans to still coach volleyball.