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Former Football/Track Coach: Coach Charles Lancon dies at 67 – April 13, 2002


ULL track coach Charles Lancon dies at 67

Newspaper April 14, 2002

Advocate, The (Baton Rouge, LA)


LAFAYETTECharles Lancon, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette track and field coach and the longest tenured head coach at the university, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 67.

A 1959 graduate of ULL where he twice lettered in football, Lancon took over the Ragin’ Cajuns’ track program in 1989, directing the team to 17 Sun Belt Conference titles.

"We are all saddened at the loss of coach Lancon," ULL Athletic Director Nelson Schexnayder said Saturday. "He was a great representative of the university and athletics as a player and a coach, but especially as a person.

"Coach Lancon led Ragin’ Cajuns track to tremendous accomplishments as a team, individually and in the personal development of his players. Our prayers and sympathy go out to his wife, Beryl, and the entire Lancon family," Schexnayder said.

Lancon was driving near his home Saturday afternoon when he had the heart attack and drove off the road into a field. He is also survived by a son, Kevin Charles, and two grandchildren.

Lancon was honored with "Coach of the Year" honors in the Sun Belt 14 times in the last nine years. The Louisiana Sports Writers Association named him men’s "Coach of the Year" seven times in the last 10 years.

Before taking over at ULL, Lancon was one of the state’s most successful high school coaches, leading his Northside-Lafayette and Lafayette High School teams to 16 district titles and five state championships in cross country.

Visiting hours at Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Dr., are scheduled from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until time of services on Monday.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at St. Genevieve Catholic Church, 417 East Simcoe St.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Coach Charles R. Lancon Memorial Track Scholarship Fund in care of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Compiled from Advocate wire and news services.

 Submitted to the Athletic Network by

Cindy P. Landry | Micro Information Systems Specialist 1
University of Louisiana at Lafayette | Advancement Services
(337) 482-0928 | cpl1999@louisiana.edu