The Bayou Academy high school girls basketball program will have a new face leading the way.
Mollie Blair, 25, was announced as the Lady Colts head basketball earlier this month. Blair takes over for Wesley Aldridge, who stepped down after being the head coach last year. Aldridge coached both boys and girls last year and will still be the boys coach.
Blair, who played collegiate basketball at Mississippi College and played high school ball at Jackson Academy, served as an assistant coach at Millsaps College this past and served as head girls basketball coach at Magnolia Heights in the2018-19 season before coming to Bayou.
Blair will take over a Bayou Academy program that went 24-9 and advanced to the 4A State Tournament this past year. Blair will also be the girls junior high head basketball coach.
“We’re so excited to have Mollie Blair who comes from a very good blood line,” Bayou Academy Athletic Director Flip Godfrey said. “Her daddy was a coach, and she’s done a great job. She’s worked under some great basketball coaches, and we’re just very excited for her to come and head up our ladies basketball program.”
From what she has learned about Bayou’s program, Blair is eager to start working with the girls once the school is allowed to resume all activities as all schools are closed due to concerns from COVID-19.
“I’m really excited about it,” Blair said. “On my interview, I met with the AD Flip Godfrey and Wesley Aldridge, who coached last year. They talked about how it was a young team with a lot of potential. I’m excited about seeing the girls grow as we get to start working with them, even though I’m not sure when that’s going to be. I’m just excited about the potential.”
Blair explained her defensive philosophy and what she plans to implement.
“I played at JA under coach (Jan) Sojourner and my philosophy is closer to hers on defense,” Blair said. “I definitely like a man-to-man defense to pressure the other team. It kind of takes them out of their offense as best as we can. She used to talk about dictating to the offense and don’t let them dictate to the defense. That’s kind of what I subscribe to.
“This past season, I was an assistant at Millsaps College. The head coach (Justin LeBlanc) there was more of a zone guy, so I kind of got to pick up on a couple of his different zones. Going into this next year, I would kind of like to incorporate both of those things. I want to try to do a little bit of man and zone.”
Blair will officially begin her time at Bayou on June 1.