After 10 seasons, taking the Barbe High girls basketball team from the cellar of District 3-5A to 5A state runner-up, Kelly Durio has stepped down as head coach.
She has accepted an assistant principal job at College Oaks Elementary.
“I have enjoyed coaching and Barbe has a special place in my heart,” Durio said. “I have had my degree in admin for six or seven years and it was a great opportunity to move up professionally at a great school. It just fell into place, timing-wise.”
Durio took the job in 2008 after spending one year on the McNeese State women’s basketball staff. Barbe went 12-16 that first season, but posted its first winning season (19-12 )under Durio in 2011-2012, losing to Northshore in the first round.
The 2015-2016 season started the greatest era in girls basketball at Barbe. The Bucs went 30-3 that season, winning their first District 3-5A championship and earned the No. 4 seed in the playoffs before losing to Denham Springs in the quarterfinals, 58-53.
“It was a grind,” Durio said. “It took us a long time to build it, but it was definitely worth the time and effort.
“I can confidently say I am leaving it in a better place. There is a great group coming up that will hopefully maintain the tradition we started. I will miss the game and coaching it.”
Barbe went on to win three straight district championships, winning 32 consecutive district games.
The last two seasons, Barbe was the No. 1 seed in the Class 5A playoffs, losing to Destrehan 62-57 in the 2017 title game and 60-57 to eventual state champion in the quarterfinals this past season.
Durio teams went 87-14 over the last three seasons. Durio record at Barbe was 178-130.
• College bound: St. Louis guard Alexandria Goodly committed to play college basketball at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Goodly, a senior, missed last season due to a knee injury but is on track to play this season for the Saints.
St. Louis head coach Tony Johnson said Goodly has the intangibles to match her talent.
“I have enjoyed her competitiveness and she is always willing to work extremely hard,” he said. “She is someone that is deserving of getting a scholarship because she has put in the work. She is always working to get better.”
Johnson said Goodly had an impact on the team last season despite not being able to play.
“She was like a coach on the bench,” he said. “She was always helping the other girls and showing them what to do. I’m happy she is getting to take this step in her life.”
Goodly averaged 19 points per game as a sophomore.
Goodly will join three other locals at ULL. The Ragin’ Cajuns roster includes Andrea Cournoyer of Merryville and Koko Daniels and Brandi Williams of Barbe.
• Moving Up: Jennings grad Evan Guillory, a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, was promoted to Class A Palm Beach last week. Palm Beach is in the high Class A+ Florida League.
Guillory started the season at Class A Peoria (Ill.), where he went 6-5 with a 4.01 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched.
Guillory play college baseball at ULL.
Sulphur grad Stefan Trosclair, another former Ragin Cajun, was promoted earlier this year from Palm Beach to Class 2A Springfield (Mo.). Since moving up Trosclair is hitting .281 with two doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs in 26 games.
Earlier this month, Trosclair hit for the cycle and went 5-for-5 in a game against the San Antonio Missions.
• Track masters: Six track and field athletes from Southwest Louisiana earned Louisiana Sports Writers Association all-state honors.
The team is based on nomination by members of the LSWA with an on state meet performances.
Two of the six are state champions in Westlake’s Andrew Treme and Barbe’s Kodi Traub. Treme won his second consecutive Class 3A pole vault title after clearing 15 feet, 6 inches at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium in May. Traub launched a season best throw of 136-11 to win the Class 5A javelin title.
Also named to the team (with state placing and season best marks in parentheses )were Barbe’s Darrius Wallace (2nd, 5A, 110 hurdles, 39.08), Sulphur’s Kael Brown (3rd, 5A, 110 hurdles, 39.13), St. Louis Catholic’s Eli Gaughan (2nd, 3A, javelin, 208-7 )and Sulphur’s Jalisa Bridges (4th, 5A, shot put, 38-51⁄2).