Coaching changes happen all the time in the sports world.
It doesn’t matter if it’s the high school, college or professional ranks. Coaches from all levels of sports come and go every season, whether they get fired, move on to another job or retire.
But there are times when they simply catch you off guard.
Like last week when E.D. White Catholic announced that head baseball coach Shane Trosclair had resigned from his position after nine successful seasons with the Cardinals.
The news of Trosclair’s resignation came as a shock for most sports fans around the Bayou Region since E.D. White’s baseball program is regarded as one of the best in the state.
Since the news broke, there has been speculation and rumors floating around on what really happened behind the scenes to cause such a shocking resignation.
Trosclair and members of E.D. White’s administration have declined comment on the reasons for it.
Despite what happened, Trosclair’s departure leaves a huge void in E.D. White’s baseball program.
No one can deny the impact Trosclair made during his time with the Cardinals.
In nine seasons, he led E.D. White to four state tournament appearances to go with eight trips to the state quarterfinal round in his nine years as coach. He had a 243-48 overall record at E.D. White and won a district title every season with the Cardinals.
In his last season at E.D. White earlier this year, Trosclair had a 28-8 overall record and a No. 1 seed in the Division II state playoffs.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they had to wait 17 days to play its best-of-three state quarterfinal round playoff series to St. Louis Catholic. E.D. White’s long layoff between the end of the regular season and its first playoff game clearly played a role in St. Louis winning the series.
E.D. White had a disappointing end to its baseball season this year, but it didn’t take anything away from the amount of success that the program has had over the years.
Trosclair ran a great program. After years of interviews with Trosclair, I can tell you that he loves coaching baseball, and his players have always mentioned how much they admire his leadership and coaching style.
He also always talked about how much he and his family loved being a part of E.D. White’s community.
The only thing that Trosclair didn’t get a chance to do during his E.D. White years is win a state championship.
He came close to doing it in 2013 when the Cardinals reached the Class 3A state baseball finals, but they suffered a 9-5 loss to a very good Parkview Baptist team to finish as state runner-up.
Even after heartbreaking playoff losses, Trosclair always had faith that his program would be back the following year. Expectations are always high every year at E.D. White. They Cardinals have won six state championships in their history with the last coming in 2001, so they know what it takes to win.
Prior to his resignation, Trosclair often talked about how much he was looking forward to another season of leading the Cardinals, but now those days are over.
I’m sure Trosclair will land on his feet and move on to good things in the next step of his career.
As for E.D. White, I know the Cardinals will continue to be a force on the baseball diamond. The school said former E.D. White assistant coach David Constant will take over the head coaching duties.
Constant, who worked previously as a head coach at Vandebilt Catholic and Loyola Prep of Shreveport before joining E.D. White as an assistant coach in 2012, has experience to keep things rolling smoothly.
There is no question that E.D. White’s baseball program is in good hands with Constant.
But there is also no question that Trosclair’s presence will be missed in E.D. White’s dugout next season.
Coaching changes happen often in sports, but this one in E.D. White’s baseball program will take some time to get used to.
Staff Writer Chris Singleton can be reached at 857-2213 or 448-1200 ext. 2213 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @courierchris.