E.A. Sports Today

Gendron to be AD

Donoho baseball coach to become Falcons athletics director as well in July

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Steve Gendron is about to have another title to go along with baseball coach at Donoho.

Effective July Gendron will become the Falcons new athletics director as current AD Paige Faulkner moves into another administrative position at the school. He had been the school’s assistant AD the past two years.

“It’s an outstanding opportunity for me to continue my coaching and my administrative career on the high school level,” Gendron said Friday. “I’m excited to continue to work with not only just the baseball team but all of the athletes on the campus at Donoho.

“I’ve got some big shoes to fill. Paige has done an outstanding job getting the athletic program back on the right track and I look forward to continuing that.”

Faulkner has been the Falcons’ athletics director for the past two years. During her tenure she is credited with stabilizing the overall program and securing much-needed upgrades to facilities and equipment.

The Falcons also has enjoyed success in several sports. The volleyball team continued to be a statewide force, the baseball team had made the state playoffs in each of Gendron’s first three years at the helm and both soccer teams won inaugural Calhoun County Tournament titles this year.

As the new athletics director Gendron hopes to “keep the ship moving in the right direction.”

“I would like to think the coaches will take on my thought on coaching and my personality and be able to have their own programs,” he said, “but if I need to step in and give them a little help or support I’d be glad to do that.”

He will have at least one new head coach coming aboard. The Falcons are expected to promote JV volleyball coach Destinee Briskey to succeed legendary Janice Slay, who has retired.

Gendron, 35, came to Donoho three years ago. He played college baseball at Mississippi State and spent 4½ years playing third base in the Miami Marlins’ system, getting as high as Double-A.

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