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Hall of Fame inducts five new members today

Hall of Fame inducts five new members today

Coker, O’Neal, Trosclair, Owens, Babineaux honored.

October 23, 2004

LAFAYETTE � The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns will induct five former athletes into the �S" Club Hall of Fame today during Homecoming activities surrounding the Cajuns’ football contest against Arkansas State.

The inductees include golfer Trey Coker, baseball standouts Leslie O’Neal and Mark Trosclair, track and field’s Keisha Ray Owens-Williams and football star Baron Babineaux.

The five will be formally inducted during a noon luncheon today in the Mardi Gras Ballroom of the Cajundome, and the group will also be honored during halftime activities of today’s 4 p.m. football contest at Cajun Field.

Tickets for the luncheon are $30 each and tickets for the football contest run from $10 to $32 and are available at the Cajundome box office beginning at 10 a.m. as well as at the Cajun Field gates beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Coker graduated cum laude in business administration in 1994. While at UL, he was a four-year letterman in golf.

He received All-Louisiana honors all four years, All-Conference honors three years, All-American honors in 1992 and Academic All-American honors in 1993. Coker helped to lead the Cajuns to NCAA post-season all four years. He currently lives in Boyce with his wife Crystal and son Will and is employed at State Farm as an agent.

O’Neal, who graduated in psychology in 1971, was a four-year letterman on the baseball squad, receiving All-Conference honors in 1965 and 1966. In 1966 O’Neal was also named the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year.

O’Neal lives in Baton Rouge where he is vice president, southwest region, of Harcourt School Publishers. He is married and has three children and seven grandchildren.

Owens-Williams graduated from UL in 1996 in criminal justice. She was a four-year letterman and won a record 16 Sun Belt Conference individual and relay titles � a feat accomplished by no other athlete.

Williams currently resides in Fort Campbell, Ky., with her husband Bryant and son Zion, working for the U.S. Army as a substance abuse instructor.

Trosclair graduated from UL in education in 1972 and was a three-year letterman for the baseball team.

He received All-Southland Conference honors in 1971 and 1972 and helped lead the 1972 squad to the SLC title. He lives in LaPlace with his wife Ellen, and is retired from Shell Oil Company. He has two children.

Babineaux graduated from UL in business administration in 1971, and was a three-year letterman for the football team. He received Gulf States Conference all-league honors in 1968 and 1969.

Babineaux lives in New Iberia where he owns and operates Baron’s Health and Court Club. He is married to Karen Viator Babineaux and has three children.

The purpose of the UL Lafayette Hall of Fame is to give recognition to athletes who have made a significant contribution to the good name of the university by demonstrating exceptional ability and sportsmanship on the playing fields, commendable scholarship in the classroom, high quality leadership on the campus and who after leaving the university established a personal reputation for character and citizenship in the community which they reside.

©The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
October 23, 2004