Duncan joins Creek hoops staff

Blake Duncan will join Lance Waldron on the Cedar Creek boys hoop staff this fall (Courtesy photo).

by Malcolm Butler

 

Although he grew up in south Louisiana, most people in Ruston know Blake Duncan.  

Whether through his time coaching at Choudrant High School or on the AAU scene, or working in the hospitality field at Squire Creek Golf Course or working in the banking industry at Origin Bank, Duncan’s outgoing personality and friendliness have helped him develop relationships with the people of our area.

He has developed a reputation as a hard-working, outstanding young professional since arriving in north Louisiana to attend college at Louisiana Tech. 

Duncan will take those attributes to Cedar Creek School to join newly-named Cougars boys basketball coach Lance Waldron. He will serve as the assistant varsity and junior varsity coach and the head middle school coach this fall. 

“I am very excited to have Coach Blake Duncan joining the Cedar Creek program,” said Waldron. “Blake will be an incredible asset to our team. He is energetic, extremely organized, supportive of our program goals, and has a great rapport with the players.” 

“It’s truly a blessing,” said Duncan. “I think Cedar Creek is a great place with great people. The parents are great. The kids are great. I feel there are a lot of kids who want to play and be successful at basketball. The kids seem really invested in getting better.” 

After a stellar prep career playing for Errol Gauff at St. Thomas Aquinas, a catholic school in south Louisiana, where he helped lead the program to four straight district titles and the Louisiana Class 2A state title in 2007 and 2008, Duncan came north.  

After attending Louisiana Tech, he became the assistant varsity coach and head middle school coach at Choudrant under Ryan Smith from 2014 to 2019.  

“Basketball has always been in my blood no matter where I have been,” said Duncan. 

His path to Creek has seen plenty of twists and turns, including a time working in the hospitality field at Squire Creek which ultimately led to an opportunity for him to move to Southampton, New York in 2019 to work as the assistant club house manager at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for two years.  

“It was a big culture shock being in New York,” laughed Duncan. “With my background in hospitality, I love talking to people and helping people. But anytime I said yes ma’am to the ladies up there, they got offended. It was different.” 

Duncan returned south and began coaching back on the AAU level where he has worked with a lot of current Creek players as well as players throughout Lincoln Parish and surrounding areas. 

He currently works full-time at Origin Bank but was approached by some Creek parents about the Cougars assistant coaching job.   

“When this job came open, a lot of the parents reached out to me,” said Duncan. “Then Lance Hall reached out to me and told me to at least apply and consider it. After prayer and talking to my mom, I decided to do it and see where the Lord leads me.” 

So what will the Cougars boys hoops program be getting in Duncan? 

“One of my biggest strengths is communication,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what you know if you can’t communicate it to young men in a way that motivates and inspires them to play hard for you. You will never have a successful program. I’m always careful with what I say and how I say it.  

“I pride myself in my integrity. I try to be a role model for the young men. I wouldn’t ask them to do something that I wouldn’t do myself. I think that translates when they see that and it helps inspire them.” 


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