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Stephen Wren, center, has been hired to coach the baseball team at St. Louis Catholic. Wren is a former Saints player and assistant coach. He became the Opelousas Catholic head softball coach and an assistant football coach in 2003. (American Press Archives)<br>

Stephen Wren, center, has been hired to coach the baseball team at St. Louis Catholic. Wren is a former Saints player and assistant coach. He became the Opelousas Catholic head softball coach and an assistant football coach in 2003. (American Press Archives)

St. Louis gets new head baseball, softball coaches

Last Modified: Friday, August 02, 2013 5:47 PM

By Troy LaFleur / American Press

The St. Louis Catholic baseball and softball programs are officially under new leadership.

The Saints started looking for a baseball coach in July when former skipper Chad Hebert left the school to pursue a position at a different local high school. On Friday St. Louis Athletic Director Jason Oertling confirmed that the school had hired Stephen Wren as Hebert’s replacement.

Wren is a former standout for the Saints. He graduated in 1995 and later played at Bellhaven University. After finishing college, Wren became an assistant coach at St. Louis before moving to Opelousas Catholic in 2003 to become the head softball coach and an assistant football coach.

Wren inherits a St. Louis program that has seen much success in recent years, and was able to capture the Class 4A state championship in 2011. In the past two seasons under Hebert the team was able to win the district championship once and reached the state quarterfinals both years. The Saints will move to class 3A this year.

The new head coach of the softball program is Jessica Provost, who moved over from Westlake High. She will be taking over for Selina Barto, who led the Lady Saints to a pair of district championships in her two-year tenure.

Provost takes command of a young squad that she is very familiar with.

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