Those rumors were confirmed Tuesday afternoon when Delahoussaye told her team she would be taking the job at her alma mater at the end of the current school year.
“This was a tough decision and it was really a tough situation with us being in the playoffs,” said Delahoussaye, whose Lady Pios were eliminated in the Class 3A quarterfinals last Saturday by eventual state champion Buckeye.
“But after we lost, I had the weekend to sleep it over. I just woke up Tuesday morning and knew I had to make the best decision for myself.
“I came to Notre Dame as a first-year coach and I absolutely fell in love with it. I love the coaches, the girls, the faculty. I just love my job over here. If I would have had a job offer from anywhere else, I would have passed it up.”
Delahoussaye was at Notre Dame for just three years, but in that time she compiled a record of 71-29. The former LSU standout guided her team to the state championship in her first season and led the Lady Pios to the quarterfinals the last two years.
“Lauren is a really good coach, but outside of that, she’s just a really good person to have on the faculty and as a member of the coaching staff,” said Notre Dame head football coach and athletic director Lewis Cook. “She was more than a softball coach: She took the initiative to get involved in other things going on around the school and just became a member of the family. ”
Delahoussaye leaves behind a team that returns seven starters next season and she is quick to point out that their success is inevitable regardless if she is at Notre Dame or not.
“Notre Dame had been successful before I ever got here and they will be successful once I’m gone,” she said. “They have talent and I know coach (Lewis) Cook will get someone in here that is good for them.”