Inspiring Coaches Finalist Pete Boudreaux

Catholic High School - Baton Rouge, LA

Number of years coaching: 44 years.

At a glance: In 1968, Coach Pete Boudreaux established the cross country program at Catholic High and has been inspiring young runners ever since. The lessons he teaches his athletes in running are easily transferable to everyday life: hard work really does pay off; don't cheat; be nice to people and call them by their names; don't quit; believe in yourself and others. Coach Boudreaux always has a smile on his face and provides positive reinforcement to his athletes. He never raises his voice, but makes sure his expectations are clear. When given the opportunity to coach at the collegiate level, Coach Boudreaux turned down the opportunity and remained with what loved best - mentoring high school students to be the best they can be.

 

What piece of advice does Coach Boudreaux give an athlete having a bad day to inspire them?
If the day is not yet over we still have time get something positive accomplished. Do not give up. If the day or practice has been completed put it aside and move on. The sun will still come up in the morning.

What makes Coach Boudreaux Run Happy?
Every day that we have our health is a gift and there is no greater way to thank God for a gift than by using it. And, what better way to celebrate and give thanks than by going on a run. How can you not be happy?

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