Uzee hired as new St. Amant head basketball coach

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com

After 13 years, there will be a new head man coaching up the Gators courtside at the Gold Dome.

East Ascension assistant Travis Uzee has made the short trip to St. Amant to become their new boy's head basketball coach.

He will have big shoes to fill. Uzee replaces a coaching legend in Gary Duhe--a man responsible for 739 career victories and three state titles.

Recently, Duhe retired after 38 memorable years in coaching to become the new director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association.

After a brief coaching search, Uzee was hired as the new head man.

Uzee has served as an assistant under East Ascension's Hall of Fame head coach Kenny Almond for the past six years. This past season, Uzee coached the team for an extended period of time as Almond was recovering from his battle with cancer.

The Spartans ended up finishing the regular season 27-3 en route to winning the District 5-5A championship for a second straight year and falling just two wins short of a state title.

Prior to his stint with East Ascension, Uzee was an assistant for two years at his alma mater Catholic of Baton Rouge and for three years at Chalmette.

He will now take over a St. Amant squad that went 19-12 during last year's regular season and made the playoffs as a No. 25 seed before falling to East St. John.

Uzee will have a rebuilding project right out of the gates. He faces the unenvious task of replacing four starters and eight seniors--including one of the best point guards in the state in Donald LeBlanc.