Baton Rouge, LA – March 18, 2022 - One of Louisiana’s winningest prep football coaches, forty-seven-year coaching veteran Dale Weiner, announces his plans to retire at the end of the school year. After three decades of teaching and coaching at Catholic High School, Weiner says he is ready to begin the next chapter of his life.
“I have prayed about this often and believe it’s God’s perfect timing at work,” he says. “I do not have the words to adequately describe my love for Catholic High School and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. I have always felt blessed to be part of this spirit-filled institution. The school leadership, faculty, and of course, the students, have been special people to me during my time here. I look forward to what God has in store for me, my wife, Lindy, and the rest of our family. I know one thing for sure, I will do some serious fishing!”
Catholic High School Principal Lisa Harvey says the announcement comes with mixed feelings of joy and sadness.
“Dale has served as an incredible example to his players, fellow coaches, and CHS faculty members over the past 35 years. He has made us all better people,” Harvey says. “Not only is he a legendary football coach and dedicated teacher, but he is the role model of a Christian man who has dedicated his life to God first and allowed that faith to guide his personal life and his ministry at CHS. He will be greatly missed.”
Weiner began his coaching career in 1975 as an assistant at Catholic High-Pointe Coupee under recent Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee Jim Hightower. In 1987, Catholic High School hired him as head football coach where he was instrumental in transforming the school’s football program into the top-tier program it is today. Weiner is one of only nine members of the 300-win club, sporting a record of 317-109 over his career as a head coach. He has been named state coach of the year three times, district coach of the year 16 times, and has sent more than 140 players to compete at the collegiate level. Seventeen of his former players have landed on NFL rosters.
Outside of football, Weiner was a coaching pioneer in the sport of weightlifting. His teams won 18 state titles, earning him a spot in Olympian Gayle Hatch’s Louisiana Weightlifting Hall of Fame.
While Weiner’s leaving is sure to have a profound impact on the CHS community, Harvey says he deserves some downtime.
“I am so happy that Dale will now be able to spend quality time with his wife and family, and have the chance to relax and enjoy fishing,” she says. “We wish him the best in his retirement and hope to see him at CHS events in the future.”