26 May 2021

Catholic High School Announces Derrick Jones ’96 as Head Coach of the School’s Basketball Program

BATON ROUGE, LA – MAY 26, 2021 – Catholic High School announces the hiring of Derrick Jones, Catholic High School Class of 1996, as the new head coach of the school’s basketball program. Jones takes over for fellow CHS Alumnus Mark Cascio ’03, who in his eight years as head coach, led the Bears to three LHSAA Final Four appearances.

Jones says he is thrilled to come back home to the school that helped shape him, both athletically and spiritually, into the man he is today.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to come back home to Catholic High School to work with the incredible faculty, staff, administration, and, most importantly, the students,” Jones says. “The school is a part of who I am, and I am eager to re-immerse myself in the culture that is CHS.”

During his time as a student at CHS, he served as team captain his junior and senior years. In 1995, he led his team to a 24-8 record and the 1995 5A State Championship Game. He was selected All-District, All-Metro, and All-State during his junior and senior years. He went on to play collegiate level ball at both Mississippi State and then Samford University, where he is in the athletic hall of fame.

Jones spent the last four years as the head basketball coach of Port Allen High School, leading his team to two consecutive 2A state championship titles. In 2020, he was named Division 2A Coach of the Year by both the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and the Louisiana Association of Basketball. He has also held an extensive collegiate coaching career. Prior to his tenure at Port Allen High School, he held positions at Samford University, University of New Orleans, Louisiana Tech, Vanderbilt University, and Stephen F. Austin State University. CHS Athletic Director Ben DiPalma ’00 says the CHS family is excited to welcome Jones back to campus.

“Being an alumnus and former athlete at CHS Coach Jones knows exactly what’s expected of our players both on and off the court,” DiPalma said. “He is a man of honor, faith, and great respect, just the type of person we need leading our young men. I have no doubt that he is going to be the perfect individual to lead our program going forward.”

Jones and his wife Tiffany and have two sons, Nico and Max. They are members of Immaculate Conception Church in Erwinville. For more information, contact CHS Director of Communications Hilary Trahan at htrahan@catholichigh.org.