Jonathon Orillion ’01 Honored as Sugar Bowl Coach of the Year

Posted July 3, 2024 / Last updated July 8, 2024

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Jonathan Orillion ’01, head coach of Jesuit’s state champion boys’ wrestling team, has been honored as the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Prep Coach of the Year. Sponsored by the New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, the Allstate Sugar Bowl has been recognizing exceptional talent in various sports categories since 1958. This accolade highlights Orillion’s remarkable leadership to Jesuit’s athletic excellence.

In his third year as head coach, Orillion led the Blue Jays to their second consecutive state title, a testament to his dedication and ability to inspire his athletes. Under Orillion’s guidance, Jesuit competed at the state championships with three individual winners among eight weight-class finalists, finishing 45.5 points ahead of runner-up Holy Cross. This year’s champions included rising senior Bodi Harris (120 pounds), Jackson Calderaro ’24 (215 pounds), and Spencer Lanosga ’24 (285 pounds). Reflecting on the team’s success, Orillion said, “We’re just trying to get better every day. We set the goal to come back in here and repeat; and to get the job done and have everything come together like it did, it’s a good feeling. I’m proud of the guys; they take a lot of pride in fighting for our school and fighting for each other.”

Orillion becomes the second consecutive Jesuit coach to earn the recognition.