East Ascension hires new baseball coach

Kyle Riviere
Kade Keowen has been an assistant coach at LSU-Eunice for the past four years. Photo courtesy of Athletics.LSUE.edu.

East Ascension wasted no time hiring a new head baseball coach. Just two weeks after three-year skipper Britt Waguespack resigned, the school has hired LSU-Eunice hitting coach Kade Keowen.

Keowen has been in charge of coaching hitting, outfielders and base-running at LSU-E for the past four years. He also assisted in recruiting.

“East Ascension has such a great tradition," Keowen said. "When I got there and I took a look at their playoff board, it amazed me how many times they’ve made the playoffs. It seems like they get in every year. There’s such great baseball in that area with EA, Dutchtown and St. Amant.

"My dad has worked in Geismar for years, and he has told me about how there’s such a great sense of community there. So, I’m excited to be a part of that and to experience it firsthand. I’m ready to get things rolling.”

During his time at the school, the Bengals brought home their fifth national title in 2014.

In 2015-16, they reached the Region 23 Tournament and finished with a 51-6 overall record. The Bengals led their division in doubles, stolen bases and on-base percentage.

Keowen’s coaching experience prior to LSU-E includes assistant coaching stints at Central—his alma mater—and Denham Springs. He was the head coach at False River in 2012.

Before he went into coaching, Keowen was a heralded player.

He was highly-recruited coming out of high-school and was actually drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball Draft, but he decided to go to LSU instead.

He played at LSU for two years, before transferring to LSU-E. There, he was a NJCAA first-team All-American outfielder in 2007.

He went on to get drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the ninth round of the 2007 MLB Draft, where he played for three years.

Keowen now takes over as Spartan head coach after Waguespack decided to step down as head coach in order to spend more time with his family.

East Ascension has consistently made it to the playoffs each season, but they haven’t advanced past the first round in three years.