Mauldin Hangs Up His Cleats
Northshore head baseball coach Rick Mauldin, who helped lead the Panthers to the 2009 Class 5A state baseball crown and a Class 4A state title with the St. Paul’s Wolves back in 1999, has called it quits after an illustrious 41-year high school coaching career. Mauldin, a well-respected head coach and quality mentor, has coached for the past 11 seasons at Northshore. Mauldin helped lead the Panthers to a share for the District 6-5A crown this season with the St. Paul’s Wolves as both clubs finished 12-2. The Panthers, a No. 26 seed, closed out this season going 21-11, falling to seventh seed Denham Springs 5-3 in the opening round of the playoffs. Under Mauldin, the Panthers reached the quarterfinals in 2005, the second round of the playoffs in 2008 and 2010. Mauldin had three other playoff berths with the Panthers in 2012, 2013 and 2015 bowing out in the first round.
Mauldin reached the 500th victory coaching milestone last season. He compiled 541 victories in his superb career.
Mauldin said, “I feel younger already. I think this is it. I don’t think there is anything else I need to do in baseball. I never dreamed I would get both a 4A and 5A title. I want to watch my grandsons grow up. It is time to enjoy life,” said Mauldin.
Coach Mauldin also said he would like to get back to golfing if his back will allow it.
Now coach Mauldin won’t have any excuses for not doing those “Honey Do Lists” for his wife Marlene. Mauldin will remain at Northshore High as the school’s disciplinarian.
I have had the distinct pleasure and honor dealing with coach Mauldin during his productive coaching career at Northshore and he is a true gentlemen, and St. tammany Parish coaching legend. Caps off to coach Mauldin, a real pro!