He’s one of the important figures in athletics in Jefferson Parish.
So, it was only fitting that John Ehret high school named its athletic complex in honor of Ray St. Pierre.
St. Pierre was a long time coach and math teacher at the school. He was an assistant on the 1981 team that won the state 4A football championship.
Four years later, St. Pierre was the head coach as the Patriots won their second state football championship.
“We came in here and we were a nobody, nobody respected us,” said St. Pierre. “We had no seniors. The respect started the following year and it continued for nine years.”
St. Pierre’s family flanked him during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The ceremony was also attended by Dr James Meza, superintendent of Jefferson Parish schools, and several former players and coaches.
The athletic complex at John Ehret underwent $900-thousand of improvements post Katrina.
It included a new four lane track, and renovations to the baseball and softball fields.
St. Pierre, a current Jefferson Parish school member, was also the driving force behind renovations at Joe Yenni Stadium on the east bank, and Hoss Memtsas Stadium on the west bank.