The former Hahnville baseball coach reflects on the time in the dugout

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Former HHS player Seth Whitney with coaches David Baudry and Devin Candies on Whitney’s signing day.

For the first time since his adolescence, baseball is in the rearview mirror of David Baudry.

Baudry recently announced he was stepping down as head baseball coach of Hahnville after 10 years in the role, citing a desire to spend more time with his family among his main reasons. Jared Vial, an HHS alumnus and former assistant baseball coach to Destrehan, was named his successor.

Baudry led HHS to the state playoffs in eight of nine possible seasons (there was no postseason in 2020 due to COVID-19). 2022 represented the first season under Baudry the Tigers missed the playoffs.

“It was just kind of a fiscal year,” Baudry said. “Through no fault of anyone…between Ida, our inexperience, and just some baseball stuff.” And when you hit 60, to be honest, everyone starts asking you, ‘When are you going to retire?’ I often felt that I had the energy to do it, to keep doing it, but I was a little wrong. I come home very, very exhausted after long days, and I just thought, ‘You know, this is a good time.’ »

Baudry said that with a son just graduating from college and two daughters in college, he wants to be there as they transition to the next stages of life.

“And I want to spend time at home, with my wife and my four dogs,” Baudry said. “(The decision) was made over a very short period of time and it was a very difficult decision. The very idea of ​​not doing it, it’s just different. I’ve been a baseball coach in one form or another since l 15 years old.

This is not a departure from Hahnville. Baudry will remain with the team as a teacher and assistant football coach.

In his 10 years at the helm of the Tigers baseball program, he guided the team to a 195-127 record, including five 20-win seasons.

Prior to Hahnville, he made a name for himself on the prep baseball circuit with successful runs at two different schools, the first of which was at Shaw, where he led the Eagles to five playoff appearances and went 126-76. from 1995 to 2001.

He then moved to his alma mater of Rummel, where he went 154-67 in six seasons from 2005 to 2010 – those wins not including a summer of 2006 which saw him lead Nationwide Restoration, an American Legion team based to Rummel, to the American Legion. Series World Championship. This team won back-to-back State Legion titles, bringing his personal total to three – he also led Shaw’s Legion team to a state title in 2000.

Baudry’s preparation record is 475-269.

However, everywhere he went he said his experience in charge of the Hahnville program was truly memorable – in particular, the Tigers’ rivalry with Destrehan stands up to any other.

“I’ve been part of some of the great Catholic League rivalries in football and baseball…Hahnville-Destrehan baseball is something very special,” Baudry said. “I have a lot of respect for what these guys (in Destrehan) are doing. Anyway, the match was hard fought…Chris Mire and I have become very good friends over the years. I wish him the best and, of course, whoever takes over here in Hahnville.

More than anything else, he said, he cherishes the chance to coach players who have come through the Hahnville dugout over the years.

“The players… how they attacked every day, and the relationships we had, that’s what I will remember,” Baudry said. “We have great kids at Hahnville High School. We have great kids in the baseball program, and they’ve made it as smooth and easy as possible every day.

“The wins, the losses…you remember them, but that’s not what you remember the most. It’s being there every day with these guys, watching them grow from freshman year through graduation. It’s something I take away from it. »

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