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Former Tarpons baseball coach dead at 40

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Former Tarpons baseball coach dead at 40

Former South Lafourche baseball coach Andrew Ravaglia died earlier this week — just months after resigning from his position with the team.

Ravaglia was found dead by authorities in a hotel room in central Louisiana. He was 40.

Ravaglia was a veteran baseball coach who had made stops at several programs around the state during his coaching career.

Most recently, he was at South Lafourche where he helped to turn the Tarpons’ program around in the past two seasons.

In 2018, the Tarpons made the Class 4A State Quarterfinals for the first time in school history. This past year, the team hosted a playoff game. 

Ravaglia was with the team for some of the 2019 season, but left the team midway through the year with personal issues. He retook his position over the summer, but then resigned midway through the fall semester to accept a job in the private sector. 

An outpouring of love and support has been seen for Ravaglia on social media since news of his passing has been made public. 

Former players and parents of players have been publicly expressing their appreciation for the coach, who had a vast knowledge of the game and also an ability to get the most out of the kids he coached.