BATON ROUGE, LA (Jan. 27, 2014) — The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) announced recently that Episcopal High School’s Track & Field Coach, Claney Duplechin, has recently received a top, national award from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The award names Coach Duplechin the 2013 National Coach of Year in the LHSAA’s sanctioned sport of boys’ cross country.
NFHS coaches of the year are selected based on criteria of the candidate’s career coaching record, community service, involvement in other school activities, involvement in his or her profession at the local, state and national awards and the candidate’s basic philosophy of athletics.
“We are extremely proud of Coach Duplechin’s national achievement, and we are honored to have him coaching and mentoring the student-athletes at one of our member schools,” said LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson. “His proven success both on and off the track is remarkable, and because his work in cross country and track is known by so many throughout Louisiana speaks volumes for what he has contributed to these sports in our state through the years.”
Duplechin received both his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree in education from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He began his coaching and teaching career at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge in 1975. He has been serving as Episcopal High School’s head track and field coach and cross country coach since 1978. He has also served as the school’s head football coach from 1978 through 1984 and the boys’ athletic director from 1978 through 1998. His career highlights are listed below.
39 State Titles
26 out of 28 state titles, 18 consecutive titles
1999: Cross Country team earned a perfect score of 15 points to claim the state title
2013: National Coach of the Year Boys’ Cross Country by the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations)
Track & Field:
13 titles; 10 outdoor and 3 indoor
2012: Gill Athletics National Boys’ Track & Field Coach of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award in LTFCA (Louisiana Track & Field Coaches Association)
“The success of Coach Dupe’s track and cross-country teams is a matter of record,” said Episcopal Athletic Director Myra Mansur. “His impact on young people may not be as readily visible as the trophies that crowd his office, but it is evident in former athletes as they return to Episcopal to visit with him. He builds character not just athletic ability.”
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Photo: Claney Duplechin