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June 4, 2019 – St. Louis Catholic High School announced the hiring of Matt Fontenot as baseball coach. Fontenot brings instant familiarity with the Saints program after graduating from St. Louis Catholic in 2005 and excelling on the baseball team as a middle infielder.

“It’s exciting to give back to a community that I got so much out of and be able to instill in the student athletes the same characteristics the school gave me,” Fontenot said.  “It’s more about the school itself than the baseball program.  The school community at St. Louis Catholic challenges you to be a better human and a better student.  That’s the experience I want to provide to those kids – challenging them to be the best they can be in the classroom and also on the baseball field of course.”

Fontenot graduated from McNeese State in 2009. He signed with the Cowboys in 2007 out of Bossier Parish Community College, but suffered an elbow injury that required “Tommy John surgery” and forced him to miss the 2008 season. He started as a middle infielder as a junior and senior, and he produced a .343 batting average as a junior to help McNeese set a school record for team batting average (.316). He earned Southland Conference Player of the Week honors multiple times and finished his career with a .301 average, nine home runs and 56 RBI. A good student, Fontenot was named to the McNeese State and Southland Conference Honor Roll.

For the past five years, Fontenot worked in the Football Operations department at Texas A&M, where he earned his master’s degree in sports management in 2013.  He’s also served on the Twelve Baseball Academy staff in College Station, Texas, and he served as an assistant baseball coach and hitting instructor at St. Louis Catholic in 2012.

Saints Athletic Director Pat Neck said he is thrilled to have Fontenot share his passion for baseball and St. Louis Catholic with the players in his program.

“Matt brings a wealth of knowledge of the game of baseball, and as an alumnus he has a passion for St. Louis Catholic that we believe will lead our program to new heights,” Neck said.

St. Louis Catholic’s baseball team has won 13 district championships and three state championships in its history.  In 2019 the Saints finished 15-19 (4-2 District 4-3A) and lost to E.D. White in the first round of the playoffs.  Fontenot said he loves the constant challenge that the sport of baseball brings, and he’s grateful for the opportunity to be a head coach in his hometown of Lake Charles with his wife, Mallory Istre Fontenot, and their 2-year-old son, Beckett.

“The relationships at St. Louis Catholic are lifelong,” Fontenot said.  “The alumni take care of each other and continue to push each other.  The school is the most important part and what the kids gain from that.”