Waguespack promoted to head coach at East Ascension

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
New East Ascension head baseball coach Britt Waguespack. Photo by Dewey Keller.

East Ascension's wild summer of coaching changes has finally come to an end with the baseball program's promotion of Britt Waguespack to head coach.

The school's shuffling started at the beginning of the summer when long-time head basketball coach Kenny Almond left to take the vacant position at Zachary.

Not long afterward, the Spartans brought in alum and impressive up-and-coming Donaldsonville coach Barry Whittington to take Almond's place.

Just when the dust began to settle, East Ascension head baseball coach Mike Toups decided to resign.

Toups won a state championship with Dutchtown back in 2004--their only championship in school history.

He became the Spartans' skipper in 2011 and proceeded to lead East Ascension to the playoffs in all three years of his tenure.

Just this past season, East Ascension went 18-18 and reached the second round of the playoffs after upsetting No. 7 Comeaux in the opening round.

In regionals, they fell to eventual state runner-up Live Oak. Both losses in the best-of-three series were by only one run.

With Toups' resignation, the head coaching position became vacant and remained unfilled for a month until Waguespack's promotion this week.

Waguespack was once a player at Riverside Academy and was later the head coach there before joining the East Ascension staff.

In two stints in Gonzales, he was an assistant for seven years, he coached under Toups for the last few years and now, he'll be leading the Spartans as they try to break through as a program.

Waguespack is also the defensive coordinator on the East Ascension football team. Despite his move to head baseball coach, Waguespack will remain as the Spartans' defensive leader in football.