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Former ESA coach, UL star honored – Inducted into LVCA HOF

Quoyeser inducted into LVCA HOF

Her induction into the Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Sunday wasn’t unexpected. Ursula Quoyeser got notification of her honor several weeks ago.

The manner in which she was inducted, though, came as a surprise.


Two of her long-time friends and mentors, Brenda LeBlanc and Yvette Girouard, did the induction honors Sunday at the organization’s annual All-State and awards luncheon – much to the delight of Quoyeser and a delegation of nearly 40 representatives from ESA.

LeBlanc preceded Quoyeser as volleyball coach at ESA and began what eventually became a 16-year streak of state championships for the Lady Falcons. Girouard, meanwhile, was Quoyeser’s softball coach at both Lafayette High and UL.

"That was pretty awesome," Quoyeser said Sunday after the event at Drusilla’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge. "Brenda sort of started it off, and I kind of expected that since she’s active in the organization. But Yvette came up and introduced me, which was a big surprise."

Quoyeser was honored for her successes at ESA along with her volleyball coaching at Lafayette High, UL and Pasco-Hernando Community College in Florida. She finished her ESA career in 2004, not long after ESA won its ninth title in 2002. Since then, the Lafayette native has been on staff at the prestigious St. John’s School in Houston.

"Coming back here, and seeing all the coaches in the state, it made me miss all the friendships and relationships," Quoyeser said. "But I really don’t miss the day-to-day head coach thing. I’m assisting at the school with some other sports, and it’s been more fun mentoring and helping other coaches."

Quoyeser, who compiled a 335-108 record at ESA including the nine state crowns, is one of the physical education supervisors at St. John’s. But she’s been back involved with volleyball on a limited basis this year, coaching the school’s junior varsity boys.

"The fun part for me has always been teaching kids how to play," she said. "Getting a group of boys that haven’t played the game a lot, it’s fun to teach them. That’s been kind of cool to do."

Quoyeser’s honor was part of a Sunday program that included recognition of the LVCA’s All-State teams and the honoring of retiring LHSAA assistant commissioner B.J. Guzzardo, who has coordinated the state volleyball tournament for over two decades.

Daily Advertiser January 28, 2008

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Former ESA coach, UL star to be honored

She was a large part of one of the most prestigious success strings in the country’s high school athletic history, and the Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Association is now honoring Ursula Quoyeser for that role.

The Lafayette native, who did more than her part in guiding ESA to 16 straight Louisiana Division V state volleyball titles from 1987 through 2002, will be inducted into the LVCA Hall of Fame today during that organization’s annual All-State and awards banquet.

The banquet is scheduled for noon at Drusilla’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge. Brenda LeBlanc, who preceded her at ESA before going on to continued success in the Baton Rouge prep ranks, will introduce her for induction.

Quoyeser coached at ESA for 11 years before accepting a teaching position at the prestigious St. John’s School in Houston in 2005.

During her time at the Cade school, the Lady Falcons won the last nine of those 16 crowns before the streak was finally broken with a loss in the 2003 championship match.

ESA also reached the state semifinals in 2004 in her final season.

Overall, Quoyeser compiled a 335-108 record at the school, with nearly all of the losses and more than half the wins coming against schools in higher classifications.

She also led the ESA track and field team to four state titles from 2000-03 as either head or co-head coach, and coached golf for six years and soccer for two years with a state runner-up finish in both.

But it was in volleyball that the 1981 Lafayette High graduate made her biggest impact.

In addition to her hugely successful run at ESA, she coached the volleyball squad at her UL and Lafayette High alma maters for one and four years respectively, and had a national top-10 program at Pasco-Hernando Community College in Florida before coming to ESA.

In her one year at UL, she led the Cajun volleyball team to a 26-12 record in 1986.

She left the coaching ranks to join the staff at one of the nation’s most academically renowned secondary schools at St. John’s, and is now in her third year as one of the coordinators of that school’s physical education program.

Quoyeser was a four-year starter in both volleyball and softball at UL, earning first-team All-Louisiana honors in the former in 1981 and two All-Southland Conference honors in the latter as part of a start-up program under long-time coach Yvette Girouard.

She was one of the first female inductees into the UL Athletic Hall of Fame.

Daily Advertiser, January 27, 2008