HEAD ATHLETIC COACHES
Coach Cassard enters 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 Baker is the Head Track Coach and is a 2001 graduate of Sterlington High School and 2006 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He coached baseball and football at Sterlington from 2002-2006. He has coached football and track at Live Oak High School since 2006. He currently teaches Physical Education and Health.
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.
John Capps was promoted from assistant coach to the Head Boys Basketball coach in 2017. He is a native of Weston and a graduate of Northwestern State University with a BA in Political Science. Coach Capps has had coaching stints at Brusly, St Amant, Southwest, and Ebarb schools with multiple All-District and college signees. He currently teaches Study Skills and Team Sports with a goal for his athletes to continue to build from the previous season and play an exciting brand of basketball.
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.
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 Beard was named the head football coach in 2015, but was previously coach of the Woodlawn Panthers for two seasons. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Beard played as a defensive lineman for Vanderbilt University before finishing his career at SLU. Beard went on to represent the Lions in the 2004 Hula Bowl and signed as a free-agent player with the NFL Indianapolis Colts later that year. After a head-coaching stint at Franklinton-based Bowling Green High school and two years as an assistant coach at Destrehan, Beard landed the head-coaching job at Woodlawn and had the Panthers in the playoffs in back-to-back years. Coach Beard received his Master's Degree from William Carey University and has been teaching since 2006.
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.
Chris Godso was promoted from assistant coach to the Head Wrestling coach in 2019. He is a native of Baton Rouge and a graduate of Southern University with a BA in English. Coach Godso previously coached at Southern University Lab School where he coaches both wrestling and football. He currently teaches Science and Team Sports. He has a goal for his program to uphold the same goals and expectations as they move into D-I class in 2019 and bring home a City Championship and State Title.
Chastity Sims joined the Eagle Coaching staff in 2017 as the Head Volleyball coach. She is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University specializing in Health and Physical Education. Coach Sims previously coached at Denham Springs Junior High and won the Parish Championship in 2016. Coach Sims has also coached track and basketball at DSJH. She currently teaches Speech and Team Sports with a goal for her athletes to work hard and set the bar high for themselves as they go for the state championship.
Kraig Zeller previously served the past four years as an assistant for Live Oak’s middle school soccer teams. Zeller played collegiately in his hometown for Oklahoma City University where he was converted a defender after having previously played in the midfield and striker. He was a member of the U.S. Soccer’s Olympic Developmental Program (ODP) and following his college career played across the United States and in Mexico. Zeller believes his defense-first approach will serve Live Oak well in trying to make the program competitive again.
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 at Live Oak Middle School. 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 as well.
Castello, Craig FOOTBALL, BASEBALL
Clouatre, Jake FOOTBALL, BASEBALL
Cobb, Natalie SOFTBALL
Collier, Chris FOOTBALL
Dowd, Pat FOOTBALL
Evers, Wendell FOOTBALL, POWERLIFTING
Fasbender, Eric BASKETBALL
France, Eric FOOTBALL, GOLF
Guerin, Bobbi Jo C/C
Hill, Cody WRESTLING
Hill, Norvin WRESTLING
Hodge, Austyn WRESTLING
Johnson, Lyndsay BASKETBALL
Kemp, Warren BASKETBALL
Longmire, James FOOTBALL
McGrew, Benjamin FOOTBALL, BASEBALL
Peterson, Erik FOOTBALL
Prescott, Stephen FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, TRACK
Rogers, Regina TENNIS
Rose, Travis FOOTBALL
Sanchez, Cade FOOTBALL, BASEBALL
Schexnayder, Kevin FOOTBALL
Sisemore, Dale BASEBALL
Smart, Brandi SOFTBALL
Smith, Brian FOOTBALL, POWERLIFTING
Smith, Stephanie TRAINER
Spears, Rebecca GIRLS SOCCER
Stanton, Sean TRAINER
Westmoreland, Blane FOOTBALL, TRACK
White, Adam FOOTBALL, POWERLIFTING