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Central Private School Hires New Athletic Director

May 30, 2019
By Amanda Moody

Coach Wes Theriot Selected as the New AD for Central Private

Central Private School has promoted their current Baseball Coach, Wes Theriot, to the position of Athletic Director. This decision comes as Central Private prepares for its first season as a member of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA).

Coach Theriot joined Central Private in June of 2018. His first year has been exciting as he led the baseball team to the 2019 district 5-AAA title, and advanced to the South State championship series.  Theriot was also selected to coach the 2019 MAIS All Star game, a distinction awarded by other coaches in the league. 

The father of two daughters (Kate 13, Reese 11) graduated from Broadmoor High in 1994 and went on to play college baseball for Panola College, the University of Louisiana Lafayette, and Southeastern Louisiana University. He has coached youth teams and has been a private hitting instructor for over 15 years. Beginning in 2016, he served as a Task Force Member for USA Baseball, assisting in the selection of the 18U National Team for two years. 

Theriot has big plans for Central Private as the new Athletic Director, “My plan is to raise the standards and expectations at Central Private both on and off the field for athletes as well as coaches. We are unique because we have a 50-year tradition of athletic success as a foundation, so we aren’t starting from scratch.  Throughout our history Central Private has had some outstanding coaches and athletes that knew how to compete and win.  We look forward to bringing that tradition into the LHSAA.”  Academic accountability, as well as encouraging multi-sport participation are top priorities for Theriot.

Central Private first competed in the Louisiana Independent School Association (LISA) until it dissolved in 1992. Central Private then joined the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). This has meant longer travel times to games, and less class time for student athletes. When asked about joining the LHSAA, Theriot replied, “I’m looking forward to it; I’m excited for our kids and coaches to be competing against programs and athletes who they have known for a long time.” Theriot went on to explain how joining the LHSAA allows Central Private the opportunity to play against larger, local schools in the pre-season because of less travel time so that they are prepared for games in their district during the regular season. Central Private will compete in LHSAA district 6-A.