Posted By : Ecole Classique
It’s been a busy few months for the Ecole Classique baseball program. In May the baseball team finished its season with the school’s first winning record since 2010. On the heels of that success, the program celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the 1969 Ecole baseball state championship team.
At the start of June, longtime head coach Greg Federico announced his retirement from the Ecole program. Stepping in for coach Federico is 2008 Ecole graduate Sean Schmidt. Schmidt takes over the program from Federico who, after 36 years, has retired from coaching. Mr. Greg will continue his day to day duties as co-owner and lower school principal.
Federico echoed the praises of Schmidt and why he made the decision to hand the program over at this time.
“We had our first winning season last year in almost ten years, and Sean has been a vital part of the program for some time now. We have a strong young group of players, which makes this the right move at this time. I wanted to hand the program over when he (Schmidt) had the opportunity to succeed.”
Having been an assistant coach since the 2010-2011 season, Schmidt is no stranger to the Ecole program. Schmidt, a three-year starter under Coach Federico, graduated in 2008. Schmidt opened up about his experiences playing under the Ecole name, and what he plans:
“Since I’ve been here, this school has really only seen a handful of coaches. Most of those are Ecole legends in their own right. I played under former Tulane and Ecole star Joe Pursell, coach Wally Scott, who now heads Ben Franklin’s program, Coach Al Weindebiecher, and Coach Federico. My time spent here in high school was tremendously valuable.”
Along with his time at Ecole, Coach Schmidt has worked under Joey Cabeceiras and Derek Delatte at Big Easy Sportsplex in Harahan for the past 7 years. During his time there, Coach Schmidt developed several youth travel teams while doing private instruction for hundreds of youth baseball players.
“I’ve been coaching in and around the New Orleans baseball scene for almost a decade now. Joey and Derek have really been supportive of my abilities. I’ve worked and done private instruction with dozens of youth players who are currently staring at most of the Catholic league schools around the city.”
Schmidt echoed what it feels like to call the Ecole program his own, after working and playing for the Spartans for such a long time.
“It feels good to call something my own, as I felt like this was the right time to take this over. I’m excited to get to work and really get this program back on track. We’re going to do a ton of things this year to revamp our facilities and try to lure some new ballplayers to Ecole. We’re playing double the games we played last year and really playing some bigger schools around the New Orleans area. It’s a big step up for us, but one we have to take to be competive with other programs in the city.
I want to reconnect with past Ecole players and really try to bring back a sense of community to this program. I’d love to chat with former Ecole players and hope to speak to tons of supporters this year.”
The Ecole baseball and softball programs are hosting a Hit-a-Thon this fall to raise funds for the 2019 season. The Hit-a-Thon will be paired with an Alumni Cabbage Ball tournament held at the school on September 28, 2019. You can head here to register for the Cabbage Ball tournament here!