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The FCA baseball team has a long tradition of excellence. While the Flames have experienced tremendous success over the past decade, that is secondary to the program’s purpose—To minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our young men. We also desire to impact those we compete against with our actions…humble in defeat and gracious in victory. The coaching staff welcomes the many teachable moments athletics affords a team.
A decade ago, FCA baseball took a quantum leap forward under the direction of then Head Coach Robin Herd. During his tenure, the Flames made four trips to the LHSAA Class C State Tournament finishing as semifinalists in 2010 and state runners-up in both 2009 and 2011. In 2012, FCA grabbed the brass ring for the first time winning the Class C state title.

In 2011, former Head Coach and LSU Assistant, Rick Smith, moved to Family Christian as an assistant coach. Upon Robin Herd’s retirement following the 2012 season, Smith became the caretaker of one of the state’s best programs…regardless of classification. In 2013, the Flames amassed a school record for victories, 26, and repeated as State Champs. This was accomplished on the shoulders of 6 very talented seniors: Ben Chauvin, MJ Frazier, JJ Holmes, Richard Hopkins, Tyler Randall, and Trae Steudlein. The 2013 campaign saw FCA rack up signature wins over 2A powers Dunham and Episcopal. Moreover, the Flames were victorious over 3A powers West Feliciana, Brusly (#3 in the state), and E.D. White (state runner-up to Parkview Baptist).

Obviously, to enjoy the kind of success the Flames have experienced, we have been blessed with exceptionally talented athletes. To date, 13 players have been offered the opportunity to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level: Steven Boyd, Ben Chauvin, MJ Frazier, Michael Glasper, Ryan Gorman, JJ Holmes, Richard Hopkins, Duke Keller, Kyle Keller, Spencer Lightfoot, Tyler Randall, Ricky Smith, and Chris White. Our All District and All State players are too numerous to list. However, two young men recently achieved note-worthy success. In 2011, Ricky Smith became the first FCA athlete in any sport to be named the Louisiana Sports Writers’ Player of the Year. Not to be outdone, Ben Chauvin was twice named Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

While it is certainly sad to bid farewell to our “Super Six” (seniors ’13), we look to build upon the success they enjoyed while at FCA. The Flames reload this season with a talented crop of young ball players. You are invited to check out the “new crew” at Family Christian Academy’s beautiful ballpark this spring.


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