Girls Varsity Basketball · Temple hires a standout coach to lead girls basketball program

Temple Wildcat Athletics is excited to announce Coach RaShonta LeBlanc will join the Temple High School coaching staff as the next Head Girls Basketball Coach.

Coach LeBlanc brings a set of core values that will continue the tradition of excellence with the Temple High School Girls Basketball program both on the court and in the classroom.

“I’m excited because of the atmosphere,” LeBlanc said. “It seems like one big family in Temple. It seems like a great environment. Meeting Coach Stewart makes it feel like such a great environment, so I’m excited about being there and excited about meeting the girls.”

Temple ISD Athletic Direct Scott Stewart says LeBlanc’s “love for her players” was immediately evident.
“Her passion for excellence from her players on and off the court really caught the attention of the interview committee,” Coach Stewart said.

Coach LeBlanc has been the Head Girls Basketball Coach for 5A Beaumont Central for the past two years. In 2016, she took a team that was pre-season unranked and not picked by many to make the post season all the way to the regional tournament.

Prior to that, she was a first assistant coach at Beaumont Central and Port Arthur Memorial High Schools for five years. Those teams made the playoffs four time during that period and compiled an 80 – 37 record.

“They can expect to see a team that is very, very competitive and plays hard. We’re going to be a disciplined team and we’re going to do the small things,” LeBlanc said. “They’re going to expect me to go above and beyond and that’s what they’re going to get.”

Coach LeBlanc’s core values include academic and behavioral accountability, hustle, attention to detail, speed and strength development, and an investment in team chemistry she describes as a “family culture”.

Coach Stewart also noted, “She brings a lot of enthusiasm and a hard-nosed attitude to the table.”

Prior to her coaching career, LeBlanc was a member of an LSU Lady Tiger Basketball team that made it to the NCAA Final Four every year that she was in college. She won the Defensive Player of the Year award for her junior and senior seasons as a part of that team.

“I’m very excited to be a part of not only the community but the Temple family,” LeBlanc said. “I can’t wait to get there and to get things going with that girls basketball program at Temple High School.”

Pending approval of the Temple ISD Board of Trustees, Coach Thomas will be hired in May and will join the staff in Temple at the end of current school year.