MUSCLE SHOALS – Josh LouAllen brings plenty of coaching experience to the Muscle Shoals baseball program.
More importantly, he brings a history of on-field success to the Trojans.
LouAllen was hired to replace Josh Fowler this week, marking his return to the area after serving as the head football coach at Danville for four years.
“I’m very glad to be back in the Shoals area,” LouAllen said Thursday morning. “I’m very happy to be a part of the Trojan family.”
Louallen has had coaching stops at Lawrence County, Speake, Deshler and Austin.
While the head coach at Deshler, LouAllen led the Tigers to a pair of area championships, three state playoff appearances including a trip to the state semifinals in 2009. He was the TimesDaily’s coach of the year in 2009.
LouAllen was also the Deshler High School teacher of the year in 2010.
“We’re excited to have Josh join our staff,” said Muscle Shoals athletic director Scott Basden. “He is very familiar with baseball in the Shoals area and I’m very confident he will put a first-class team on the field next spring.”
LouAllen’s hiring comes after Hunter Morris accepted the job several weeks ago, but decided to pursue college coaching opportunities instead. But those involved in the hiring process had LouAllen high on their list of finalists to replace Fowler.
“Coach LouAllen was the first person we interviewed and he remained a top tier candidate throughout the (hiring) process,” said Muscle Shoals High School principal Chad Holden. “His winning attitude, passion for baseball, and the way he emphasized hard work and attention to detail as keys to success really impressed me.
“He definitely fits the mold of what we were looking for. He’s ready to hit the ground running.”
LouAllen is a graduate of Lawrence County High School and Athens State University.