CHS Coaching Legend Stepping Down As Head Track Coach
Longtime Catholic High School coach Pete Boudreaux announced he is stepping down as the head track coach at Catholic High School. Boudreaux, who is a CHS alumnus from the class of 1959, and a member of the Grizzly Greats Athletic Hall of Fame and Catholic High School Hall of Fame, began his teaching and coaching career at CHS in 1968. Pete will remain as a faculty member at CHS, continuing to serve as the head cross country coach and eighth grade school counselor. “It is impossible for me to put into words how thankful I am to the thousands of people who have made this journey so exciting and fulfilling. I thank God, the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and all the teachers, coaches, administrators, students and student athletes who have allowed me to be a small part of this very special community called Catholic High School,” noted Boudreaux. “The opportunity to spend more time with my precious wife, Pat, and all of our children and grandchildren is something that I truly look forward to. They have all given so much of themselves to allow me to work in my chosen profession. I will never be able to adequately say ‘thank you’ or express the admiration and love that I have for all of them.”
Over the course of his 51-year career at CHS, Boudreaux has led his teams to 18 state cross country championships, 14 state indoor track titles and 17 state outdoor track championships – an amazing grand total of 49 state championships. In addition, his teams have finished second 22 times in the three combined sports. Boudreaux has coached 13 individual state champions in cross country and his 1975 team compiled a perfect score (15), the first of only two ever recorded in state history. In track, 136 CHS athletes have won 176 events in the state championships, with 23 CHS athletes setting state records under Boudreaux’s guidance. In 2017, Catholic High School honored Boudreaux’s legacy and success by dedicating the newly renovated track and field facility in his honor – The Pete Boudreaux ’59 Track.
In 2016, Boudreaux was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame and was selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the Boy’s Coach of the Year for the state of Louisiana. He is also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
In addition to his successes on the track, Boudreaux has impacted and inspired countless students, athletes and coaches on a personal level. “Rarely can a single person dramatically affect the culture of a large institution. However, that is exactly what Pete Boudreaux has done for CHS. Throughout his career, Pete has set the standard for coaches through humble service, personal attention and genuine love of his students. Thousands of student athletes and literally hundreds of coaches are much better for it,” noted Gene Tullier, CHS president.
Lisa Harvey, CHS principal, echoed Tullier’s appreciation. “Pete Boudreaux is not only a role model for our students and alumni, but for every person fortunate enough to witness his energy, humility and commitment to the mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. His contributions to the sport of track and field throughout Louisiana and the country are legendary. Even though he is retiring as the head coach of track and field at Catholic High, I am grateful he will remain as the head cross country coach and school counselor, continuing to form students in the tradition of the Brothers.”
Catholic High School has begun a search for a new head track coach to continue the legacy Pete Boudreaux established during his outstanding tenure at the school.