East Ascension High School announces the hiring of Kade Keowen as head baseball coach. Currently the assistant baseball coach at LSU Eunice, Keowen will lead the EA Spartans in 2017-18.
“We were impressed by the number of qualified applicants for this position and feel fortunate to have found Coach Keowen, who we believe will be a fantastic addition to our school and our baseball program. We welcome him and his wife to our Spartan family and to our community,” said EA Principal Traci McCorkle. “We know he will have a tremendous amount of support from our Forever Spartans, and we are looking forward to future successes.”
Keowen spent the last four years at LSU Eunice and helped lead the Bengals to their fifth NJCAA national championship. He was in charge of hitting, outfielders, base running and assisted with recruiting. Prior to joining the Bengals coaching team, he held assistant coach positions at Denham Springs High School and Central High School and a head coach position at False River Academy.
A graduate of Central High School, Keowen played collegiate baseball at Louisiana State University and LSU Eunice before being drafted in the ninth round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox. He played three seasons in the Red Sox organization and one year with the Sussex Skyhawks of the Can-Am Independent League.
He earned an associate’s degree in general studies from LSU Eunice, a bachelor’s degree in sports administration from LSU, and is finishing a master’s degree in sports administration from Arkansas State University.
Although his official start date is in August, Keowen will begin working with the Spartans this summer.
“My wife Katelyn and I are excited to be joining the Spartan Family. The rich baseball tradition, outstanding academics, and tremendous community support were all factors in my wanting to become the next head baseball coach at East Ascension High School,” said Keowen. “I look forward to meeting with the players and getting this train rolling!”