DeRidder Dragons Baseball
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Staff Members:

Chad Menard

Position: Head Coach


Coach Chad Menard is entering his eleventh year as the head coach of the Dragons.  DeRidder has a record of 178-167 and has won three district championships and have made the playoffs nine of the ten years Coach Menard has been at DeRidder.  In three of those years they advanced to the regional round and in 2013 and 2017 they advanced all the way to the quarter-finals.  The Dragons have been ranked as high as fourth in the LBCA coach’s poll during Menard’s tenure and at some point have been ranked in the top 10 each  year of Menard's tenure.  In 2015 Coach Menard received a personal milestone by talling his 200th career win when DeRidder defeated Bolton High School on April 23.  Menard has been district coach of the year 4 times (2003, 2013, 2014, 2017).


Coach Menard began his career as head coach at Iowa High School from 2001-2003 and assistant baseball coach at Louisiana State University at Eunice from 2004-2007.  In his time at Iowa Coach Menard logged a record of 49-33 with a school record for most wins in a season in 2003 with 24. Also Iowa made the playoffs for the first time in seven years and built a new baseball complex during his time there. In his four years coaching at Eunice the baseball team went 186-53 with two World Series appearances and a NJCAA national championship in 2006.  While at Eunice he coached or signed eleven players that were drafted by Major League Baseball and coached two NJCAA All-Americans.


Menard earned a B.S. in Health and Human Performance in 2000 and a M.S. in Health Promotions in 2006 from McNeese State University.  Coach Menard and his wife Joanna are proud members of the DeRidder community with their 5 children, Chipper (16), Alexis (13), Baylie (11) and twins Ashlyn (8) and Krash (8)

Nathan Courville

Position: Outfield Coach


Paul Darrah

Position: Pitching Coach

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Coach Paul Darrah is entering his seventh year as assistant coach for the Dragons. His responsibilities have included head freshman coach, pitching, catching, infielders and hitters.  In Coach Darrah's time at DeRidder he has tutored all-district players and all-state players.  For the 2018 season Coach "D" will focus his attention on pitchers only.

Coach Darrah earned his A.A. from New Mexico Military Institute in 1996.  After his service in the U.S. Army, Coach Darrah earned his B.S. from Upper  Iowa University in 2012 with a double major in Business and Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Coach Darrah and his wife, the former Tammy McMahon of Columbus, Ohio, currently reside in DeRidder with their son, Jaycob (16)

Troy Gardner

Position: Infield Coach


        Coach Gardner is entering his first year with the Dragon Baseball Team, but has been with DeRidder High School since 2011. Coach Gardner has coached football with DHS along with track and has been the head softball coach. As head softball coach he obtained an 81-47 record reaching the playoffs 4 times one of which included a state tournament appearance and was named district coach of the year twice.
        Before coming to DeRidder, Coach Gardner spent 6 years in DeQuincy coaching football and baseball. He helped coach a baseball program that made three quarter-final appearances and three regional round appearances, and consisted of several all-district and all-state players and six college players.
        Coach Gardner earned his B.S. in Kinesiology and Social Sciences from ULM in 2003. He and his wife Paige along with their four children Grayson(9), Sley(7), Celeste(5) and Cecilia(5 months) are proud to call DeRidder home.

Jay Alexander

Position: Strength Conditioning

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Coach Jay has been a fixture in youth baseball years before joining the DHS staff in 2013. He also has helped coach football at DJHS.  He has worked with the outfield for the last five years and has produced all-district and all-state players in that time.  He has also been responsible for team base running and under his guidance the Dragons have had over a 100 stolen bases the last four years.  

Along with coaching, Jay is the manger and personal trainer at All Hours Fitness in DeRidder and he is the pastor of Church of Christ in DeRidder.  He is married to Kim Alexander and they are the proud parents of two adult children Teddy and Mykayla . 

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