After a nearly 4-hour meeting, the LHSAA Executive Committee decided Eddie Bonine will remain the executive director of the organization. Bonine referred to the LHSAA as a “proverbial dumpster fire” in a report to the NFHS, which led to the special meeting that went into executive session. LHSAA President Vic Bonnaffee couldn’t elaborate what went into the decision to keep Bonine.
“First of all I’d like to say that Mr. Bonine is the executive director of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Second, I would like to say under the advice of legal counsel, since this involves personnel, there is no comment.”
Bonine says moving forward, he will be the executive director of LHSAA until the remainder of his contract which is up in 2019. He says it will be a tough task mending fences with some of the executive members.
“I’ve never been in a position where I am today, I’m in uncharted waters so I’m going to do the best I can. I’m going to regroup as a professional, regroup as a person and I’m going to give the best I can from this point further.”
Before the meeting went behind closed doors, Bonine apologized for his dumpster fire comment. He also talked about his frustrations over not being able to come up with a solution to end the public-private playoff split. Bonine says after getting some things off his chest, he feels as if he has the full support of the board behind him now.
“I will take whatever decision comes from the committee moving forward with this particular process. I’m looking forward to getting back to the job at hand.”