Whittington resigns from EA, takes job at Dutchtown

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Barry Whittington, Jr. led East Ascension to the state semifinals in 2016. Photo by Rodrick Anderson.

East Ascension head basketball coach Barry Whitington, Jr., has left the program midway through the fifth year of his tenure with the Spartans.

Whittington has resigned in order to become the new Assistant Principal at Dutchtown High School.

In Whittington's departure, longtime assistant coach Tyler Turner will be taking over as East Ascension's interim head coach. The Spartans are currently 14-8 for the season.

Whittington is an East Ascension alum.

The Spartans experienced tremendous success during his five years as the head coach.

Prior to taking over for Hall of Fame coach Kenny Almond (who left to coach at Zachary), Whittington was the head coach at Donaldsonville, where he led the Tigers to the state semifinals in 2014.

In his second year with East Ascension, Whittington made a return to the semifinals.

He leaves the program with an overall record of 106-48. In four full seasons, the Spartans reached the playoffs three times and won five postseason games.