HEAD ATHLETIC COACHES
Coach Cassard entered his first season at the helm of the Eagles Baseball coaching staff in 2018. The Assumption Parish native already has skins on the wall after spending the last 10 years in charge of the Zachary Broncos, guiding them to three consecutive Class 4A state championships (2007-09), a 5A state runnerup finish in 2013, two other state tournament trips and seven district championships, the last in 2016. He has coached standout athletes with over 60 college signees, 14 draft picks, and 31 All-State selections.
Besides his 10-year tenure at Zachary, which included 261 victories, Cassard was an assistant at Barbe for 5 seasons. He played college ball at McNeese State fulfilling the outfield role. Cassard will coach PE for the Eagles and is excited about the direction of the Eagles on the field as well as academically in the classroom.
Coach Collier is currently the head coach of our wrestling team and freshman football team. He graduated from Parkway High School and went on to play football for the Demons at at Northwestern State University as an offensive lineman and defensive lineman, finishing with a bachelors of science degree. After graduation, Coach Collier taught and coached at Woodlawn High School for 7 years before joining Live Oak's coaching staff in 2007. Coach Collier teaches physical science with a wrestling goal for the team to end the year as one of the top teams in the state.
Travis Johnson is the head Cross Country coach for the Eagles starting in 2018. As a Live Oak High Alumni, Johnson played multiple sports while at Live Oak. In 2012, he returned to the school as a volunteer assistant to the cross-country program before lending a hand with the distance portion of track & field program in addition to assisting the soccer team. In 2018, he was hired by the school full-time after his graduation from Southeastern Louisiana and teaches Social Studies as well as coaches Girls Soccer. He has coached record holders in Justin Peters and Claudia Henry with his runners becoming parish champs three times, top 7 girls in the state, and top 12 boys in the state in his coaching span. He hopes to grow as a team and is very hopeful with a young core group of runners. He is currentlly coaching distance and jumping events for track along with coaching girls soccer.
Tiras Magee is the head coach of our boys basketball team and one of our physical education teachers. He graduated from Denham Springs High School and went on to earn his masters degree in education, and an associates and bachelors degree in criminal justice from Purdue Global University. He was previously the assistant basketball coach at Denham Springs High School for 3 years before taking the reins at Live Oak High. His goal for this season is to lead the boys to the playoffs and be a contender for the State championship.
Zach Miller, head coach of the Boys Soccer team, attended Centenary College in Shreveport and received a degree in business administration. He attended high school at Booker T. Washington in his hometown Tulsa, Oklahoma, but came to Live Oak in 2015. Coach Miller previously taught at Lutcher High School and has over 15 years of coaching experience. He teaches Spanish and his goal for the boys' soccer team focuses on bringing home a district trophy and succeeding in playoffs.
Katie Roux is a native of Denham Springs and attended McNeese State University where she received her degree. She was previously an associate softball coach at her alma mater where the Cowgirls won back-to-back Southland Conference tournament championships and participated in consecutive NCAA regionals. Roux completed a four-year softball career at McNeese State University in the spring of 2014. Roux was an All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana honorable mention selection in 2011 and was named to the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll all four years. She was also named to the SLC all-academic team three years. She currently teaches Strength and Conditioning and Team Sports and coaches softball.
Coach Janie Tidwell took over the reigns of Eagle Volleyball in 2020. Coach Tidwell graduated from LSU with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and teaches Intro to Health Occupations and EMR. As a player, Coach Tidwell was a OH Defensive Specialist for the LSU Tigers and earned 2 SEC Championship titles in ’86 and ’89. She previously was the assistant volleyball coach at Zachary High School for the past 10 seasons. Her goal this year is to build a disciplined, purposeful, responsible group of young adults that love to play volleyball.
Westmoreland, a native of Watson and 2005 graduate of Live Oak High School, has served the past two years as an assistant on the Eagles' coaching staff Coach Blane Westmoreland before being named Head Coach in 2020. He attended Southeastern Louisiana University and majored in Social Studies Education. Westmoreland, began his coaching career as an assistant at Live Oak High before transferring to parish-foe Albany High School. He put together a 27-25 record in six seasons at Albany High School, leading the Hornets to a pair of Class 3A state playoffs berths. He became an offensive line coach once he made the switch from Albany to Live Oak and spent two seasons as an Eagle Assistant Coach. In 2020, Coach Blane Westmoreland became the head coach of the Live Oak High football team, and has goals to build a lasting tradition and a winning program.
Dexter Thurber coaches the tennis team and football team for the Eagles. He graduated from Louisiana State University in which he obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science in Social Studies. Previously, he coached at Livonia High School where his football team advanced to the state championship. He teaches World History and Media Productions. He has hopes of building a competitive tennis team that will make our community proud.
Michele Yawn is a graduate of Dowling College in New York and LSU-Eunice Community College and is the girls basketball coach. Coach Yawn came to Live Oak in 2015 and previously coached at Central Private. Coach Yawn was a point guard in college and has coached several All-District , All-State selections as well as college signees. She currently teaches physical education and was Teacher of the Year in 2021.