Duhe retires from coaching, becomes director of LHSCA

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Duhe won 739 games in his coaching career and amassed a superb 74 percent winning percentage. Photo by Dewey Keller.

Last week, long-time St. Amant basketball coach Gary Duhe decided to hang up his whistle after 38 memorable years and become the first director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association.

Duhe was one of three finalists for the new job and was interviewed by a five-member committed. Once he was picked, he resigned from his position as Gators head coach and filled out retirement papers.

It marks the end of an amazing coaching career that produced over 700 victories.

His journey began as an assistant. He then climbed the coaching ranks until he became the head man at five different programs.

Redemptorist is where he left his greatest mark. There, he built a powerhouse that produced two state championships.

Duhe won his third state title with Chapel Trafton--which later became Dunham High. And while at Central, he led the Wildcats to a state runner-up finish.

He also led Plaquemine to the LHSAA's boy's basketball tournament--making him the only coach to ever lead four schools that deep in the playoffs.

In his final stop, he guided St. Amant for the last 13 years. The past two seasons, the Gators have reached the playoffs--including this year when they finished 19-12 during the regular season.

His final win-loss record for his career will stand at an incredible 739-262, which equals a 74 percent winning percentage.

With his coaching career complete, Duhe will now have a new list of challenges he'll tackle as the director of the LHSCA.

Along with coordinating membership, he will be in charge of organizing the organization's annual all-star games and Coaches Clinic. He will also coordinate four LHSAA sports--tennis, golf, swimming and soccer.

Duhe will officially step into his new role as director and embrace his new career this week.