Mark Suire
Head Coach
2017-18 Softball Coaches
PHONE: (318) 841-7287 EMAIL: msuire@centenary.edu
Mark Suire

After two successful seasons, Head Coach Mark Suire embarks on his third campaign with the Centenary College softball team for the 2018 season.

In his second season in 2017, Centenary finished 15-25 overall, but 12-12 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play to grab the Tournament's third seed. The best SCAC finish in school history, it was the first time Centenary was .500 or better since the 2009 season(and the most conference wins since the Ladies won 17 in 2008).

Junior Kelsey Ancelot, was named First Team All-Conference as an outfielder. After a three-year hiatus from 2013-2015 with no First Team accolades for the Maroon and White, she the second-straight season a Ladies softball player was given this distinction (junior Haley Miller as a utility player in 2016).

Sophomore second baseman Payton LeBlanc and classmate Nichole Aldridge received Second Team honors as a second baseman and a pitcher, respectively.

Senior Lizzie Moran, junior Anna Dunn, and sophomore Wendy Gillet appeared on the Honorable Mention All-Conference squad. Gilllet led NCAA Division III with eight sacrifice.

Taking over a program for the 2016 season that had not won double-digit games since 2010 and finished above .500 since 2009, Coach Suire had his hands full from the get-go. Picked to finish seventh and miss the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, Suire and the Ladies defied the odds and finished fifth in the regular season with a 20-20 record. Five different Ladies received All-Conference accolades, including First Team Utility Player Haley Miller, the first First Team honoree for Centenary in three seasons.

In the SCAC Tournament, pitching set the tone as the Ladies quickly dispatched Southwestern in game one for their first SCAC Tournament win ever. Centenary sent home sixth-seeded Schreiner and third-seeded Dallas to clinch the first winning season since 2009. The Maroon and White made the SCAC Tournament semifinals, falling to top seed and nationally-ranked Texas Lutheran. The Ladies only allowed three runs in their three wins in the Conference Tournament.

The stats did not lie. Centenary's .312 batting average proved the best in school history, while the Ladies ERA dropped nearly 5 points, from 8.66 in 2015 to 3.69 in 2016. The 23-22 record was a 16-win improvement from 2015, the third-best increase in total wins in NCAA Division III in 2016.

Named the ninth head coach of the Ladies softball program in 2016, Suire joined the Centenary athletic family after more than 23 years of teaching and coaching at the high school level in Louisiana. Most recently from 2013-2015, he served as a teacher and softball coach at Catholic High School in New Iberia. Suire guided the Panthers to the State Playoffs the past two seasons, including a berth in the Regional Playoffs in 2015.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1992, Suire began his career with stints at Catholic High School (1992-1993) and St. Edmund High School (1993-1995) as a teacher and coach in football, basketball, and baseball. In 1995, he took over a softball program at Abbeville High School that had only one win in the two previous seasons. In just three years as head coach, Suire led the Wildcats to the Quarterfinals of the State Tournament for the first time in school history.

Suire served as a teacher and the softball coach at Delcambre High School from 2001-2013. After taking over a program in the second year of existence, he tallied a 227-101 record in 12 seasons with the Panthers, including five State Semifinal Appearances and a State Championship. From 2006-2010, his teams at Delcambre High School won more postseason games (17) than any program in Louisiana.

During his high school coaching career, Suire helped implement policies and procedural guidelines to ensure academic and athletic success for his teams. Numerous players under his guidance went on to participate in collegiate softball and even received athletic scholarship offers. He also served as President of the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association from 2011-2013.