Collette takes over Lady Pios softball program

 CROWLEY – Notre Dame Administrator and Athletic Director Lewis Cook was put in a difficult position earlier in the week when his newly hired softball coach, Megan Granger, resigned to take a position at UL-Lafayette.

With softball practice already underway and not many options available, finding the right fit seemed nearly impossible.

That is until Dusty Collette walked into Cook’s office.

Collette, who is Notre Dame’s quarterback coach and is also on the basketball coaching staff, offered his services for softball and Cook jumped at the offer.

“When the news came down, Dusty came in and offered to take it,” said Cook, who officially named Collette the head softball coach earlier in the week. “I think it will work out good for us. He’s a hard worker and a very conscientious person so we feel good about it.

“If you take the situation that was forced on us this late, this is not a bad alternative.”

Collette, who was an assistant football and baseball coach a year ago at Sacred Heart of Ville Platte, had planned on helping the softball team anyway prior to Granger’s resignation.

“I told Megan that I would volunteer my time to help her out if she needed,” said Collette. “Then when the situation came up, I thought  I would be interested in the position. The more I thought about it, the more I really got excited and I look forward to the challenge.”

Collette has never coached softball and he admits he has much to learn but his background as a middle infielder in baseball should help him. What will also aide in his learning process is assistant coach Rachel Meyer, who will remain with the team.

  “There are a lot of similarities between baseball and softball, but there are a lot of different things as well such as the pitching and slap hitting, but I’m excited to learn the nuances of it and get after it,” said Collette. “And having Rachel there is going to be a big help. She’ll be a huge asset as far as working with the pitchers and everything.

“I think we’ll work great together. She does such a good job with the pitchers and I can learn from her as well so that is also a plus.”

Collette is a 2004 graduate of Teurlings Catholic in Lafayette, where he started in baseball and football. The former quarterback, played football for Southern Arkansas, McNeese and Jones County Junior College before a shoulder injury ended his career. He graduated from UL-Lafayette in 2009.

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