They say you can't teach heart. Luckily for Vermilion Catholic basketball coach Mike McCoy he doesn't have to. Because McCoy has a player who wears his heart on his sleeve.
"Nick is our catalyst on offense and defense," said McCoy about senior point-guard Nick Langlinais. "I mean he's going to be the dirtiest the sweatiest, the most exhausted player. he doesn't leave anything in the lockeroom."
Langlinais has helped guide the 'Screaming Eagles' basketball team to its best record since the '07-'08 season.
"Over at V.C., it's not like the boys basketball team, you never hear about them," Langlinais said. "You always hear about the girls, like they have banners from wall to wall and we barely have any!"
At just 5'8, Langlinais isn't the biggest guy on the team nor the most talented. Because according to him "It's not how big you are it's how big you play."
Despite his effort on the court this will be Langlinais final season playing organized sports. He hopes to pursue a degree in engineering in the fall at UL.
And while his coach is happy to have the "sweat equity" of such an athlete, McCoy can't help but wonder what if his most dedicated player was just a tad bit taller, "If a player of a 6'3", 6'4" had his heart and his motor...I mean we'd have a lot of college coaches here in our gym watching to enjoy watching him play."