St. Joseph's Academy

Brenda LeBlanc

Inducted February 11, 2017

 
Brenda LeBlanc coached the St. Joseph’s Academy volleyball team to five Division I state championships in 13 years. Her Redstickers won the 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 state titles. Her 2002 team posted a perfect 43-0 record, becoming one of the few teams in Louisiana high school volleyball history to go undefeated.

During the span of winning an unprecedented four consecutive Division I state championships, Brenda’s teams had a combined record of 165-9. In 13 years at the program’s helm, Brenda’s Redstickers lost three district games.

Prior to SJA, Brenda helped start the volleyball program at Class B Episcopal School of Acadiana (ESA) in Cade. After one season as assistant coach, she was named head coach and would win seven consecutive Division IV state titles from 1987 to 1993. ESA would go on to win a national high school record 16 state volleyball titles in a row.

In 1994, Brenda replaced the legendary Barbara McManus as SJA’s head volleyball coach. (Barbara is a 1996 Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame inductee and a member of the 2015 SJA Athletic Hall of Fame induction class.) Within four years, Brenda led the Redstickers to a state championship. It was SJA’s first state title since 1986.

Over the course of her 24-year coaching career, Brenda’s teams made 15 trips to the state finals, winning 12. She posted an overall record of 786-188. She was inducted into the Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996 and was named the National High School Federation’s Coach of the Year in 2005. She was the first inductee into ESA’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013, and she was inducted into the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

Brenda has dedicated a lifetime to the sport of volleyball. From a standout career at Lafayette’s Northside High School, including being a member of the 1977 state championship team, to being a four-year letter winner and All-Metro Conference selection at Tulane University, she excelled on the court. She graduated from Tulane in 1981 as its all-time leading offensive player. Her understanding of the game as a participant on the highest level translated to a stellar coaching career.

Following her retirement in 2007, Brenda has remained committed to volleyball, always willing to share the knowledge she gained over 33 years in the sport, dating back to the eighth grade. She is a former president of the Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Association and helped guide the positive growth of the sport in Louisiana. She has shared her talents with countless individuals, instilling knowledge of the game in many young coaches.

Brenda runs volleyball camps and clinics and coaches the Volleyball Baton Rouge club program. She’s widely known as a competitive coach who teaches game skills and team strategies. Just as importantly, she instills in her players a love of and respect for the game and great sportsmanship.

Brenda has been a member of the SJA health and physical education department for 22 years and currently serves as chairwoman. She is married to sportswriter, author and television producer/host Lee Feinswog. They share their Baton Rouge home with their two dogs and a cat.
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