Brian Bass called it the start of a new era.
Bass, who recently assumed the spot as new Port Allen High School head baseball coach, recently opened the gate to tryouts for the 2019 Pelican baseball team.
It was an exciting day for the first-year head coach, who joined the ranks after a stint as freshman baseball coach at Catholic High School of Baton Rouge.
The Port Allen High School alumnus was glowing with energy and excitement as he welcomed prospective players.
“I feel like the long-lost son who has finally come home,” he said. “Everyone is showing me love.”
A cooperative effort with the administration from Devall Middle, Port Allen Middle, and Port Allen High School made the tryouts possible.
The tryouts kicked off what promises to be a busy summer for the Pelicans, who will be committed to the weight room and holding themselves to a higher standard, Bass said.
“We’ll be aggressive and intelligent,” he said. “We have a lot to learn but looking into the eyes of some of these kids, I could tell they were hungry.”
Bass said he plans to instill a family atmosphere in the program, where he lettered and earned All-District honors as a player during his high school years.
“The underclassmen show great leadership qualities, while we have selfless seniors and coachable freshmen,” he said. “When you play for me, you become my family.
“With every family, there will be good times and adversity,” Bass said. “Family sticks together. Family overcomes all of the obstacles together. Family Wins.”