Marty Dewees has been named head baseball coach at Franklin Parish High School.
Dewees replaces Rick Berry, who resigned last month for health reasons.
“Marty was one of the first people Rick mentioned,” said Franklin Parish athletic director Barry Sebren. “We had some good people inquire about the job, but we think Marty’s college playing experience will help take us to the next level. He checked all the boxes.”
“When I came to Caldwell, Coach Berry was one of the first guys I met and we developed a good friendship,” Dewees said. “I always enjoyed coming over here. There are a lot of outstanding athletes in baseball and other sports. I liked the way they played the game and how they acted on the field.”
Dewees attended Menard High School before graduating from Alexandria Senior High in 2001.
He spent a year as a red-shirt at McNeese before transferring to San Jacinto Junior College in Texas.
After two years, Dewees signed with Northwestern State when he played catcher and in the outfield.
Dewees taught at Grant High for a year before taking the job as Director of Baseball Operations and assistant baseball coach at Northwestern for two years.
Dewees coached at Ranger College in Texas and at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Ms., before taking a short break and getting back into coaching at Independence Community College in Kansas in 2015.
Dewees took the coaching job at Caldwell in 2016.
Caldwell lost to Brusly in the Class 3A second round last year, and was beaten by North Webster in the first round this year.
Franklin Parish, seeded No. 25, finished 12-16 on the year.
Dewees said he plans on arriving in Franklin Parish next week.
“I plan on sitting down with Coach Berry and go over some plans on setting up summer workouts,” Dewees said. “I’m also helping the transition in Caldwell and making sure I am leaving them in good standing for the next person to come in.”
Dewees actually turned down a job offer from Pineville.
“My wife (Chelsea) has a good job in Monroe and we have a baby on the way,” Dewees said. “And there is something about Franklin Parish that made me feel very comfortable. The new facilities are great, and I believe they will continue to upgrade. This is the right place for us to be.”