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Spotlight on Former Athlete: Bill Bass Boxing 1938 & 39; Football 1938-40; Coach 1971-75 & 1983

Bill Bass was first and foremost a fighter. Many boxing opponents were fooled into complacency by his nickname "Baby Face."  North Louisiana sports writers had given him the name, not because he was a weakling, but because his innocent looking face was only a sham. According to the 1938 L’Acadien, Bass "possessed a ‘T.N.T.’ punch with either glove and won several fights via the ‘Towel-throwing’ route. Bass was one of the stalwarts of the 1938 fistic outfit."  Click here for the 1939 Boxing photo gallery  http://athleticnetwork.net/site1707.php#

Secondly, Bill Bass was a team player and knew the values of team work and coordinated efforts toward a common goal. His position is football at SLI was that of center.  Thus, Bill snapped the ball to start each offensive play, then had to block for the play. Click here for the 1940 Football photo gallery http://athleticnetwork.net/site1326.php#

Bill was one of those rare individuals who not only did the university proud while he was a student leader, he also was a proud military veteran and family man.  The picture was taken in the Winter of 1943 and shows 2nd Lt.Bill Bass holding Bill Morriss Bass while Mom Rebecca Blum Bass holds Bob’s hand.

Bill returned to the university in 1965 as the Alumni Association’s first full time director, a position which he held until 1978. A man of many talents, from 1971-75 he also served as coach of USL’s highly successful Golf Team. In 1983 Bill coached the Golf Team for a final year.

Bill is shown below with one of his conference championship teams, the 1971 Golf Team.

Unveiling of the Bill Bass Alumni Director Photo during the 1987-88 year is pictured below. Back Row (L-R): Bill Morris Bass, Bob Bass; Front Row: President Ray Authement, Rebecca "Becky" Blum Bass, Ken Ardoin, Alumni Association President.

  

Bill was deeply involved in the Lafayette community. Always with an eye toward excellence, his involvement in the construction of the Oakbourne Country club golf course was a testimony to his desire to get the job done correctly and to the best of one’s ability. For almost a decade, Oakbourne Country Club hosted a PGA Tour event.

Bill’s influence on golf and the UL Golf Program continues to this day. Shorly after Bill’s passing in 1987, the Alumni  Association established the Bill Bass Scholarship in his honor. Information on the tournament may be viewed by clicking on
http://www.ragincajuns.com/ViewArticle.dbml&DB_OEM_ID=15400&ATCLID=204778633&SPID=7570&SPSID=67274 and one may download the flyer by clicking on the "Download the Bill Bass Open Flyer."  

Another continuing influence on the UL Golf Program is Bob Bass, Bill’s oldest son and former Golf Coach at the university. Bob is a former USL golfer (1959-62) who began his tenure as golf coach prior to 1991 spring season and served through the 2008 season. The recipient of numerous honors and recognitions, Bob was named the Sun Belt Conference top coach in the SBC’s first 30 years.  Click here for Bob Bass’ profile: http://athleticnetwork.net/site.php?pageID=55&profID=1621

For more information on Bill Bass, please click here and be taken to his profile in the Athletic Network: http://athleticnetwork.net/site.php?pageID=55&profID=487

Our rich athletic traditions were intrusted to the vision, hope, loyalty and dedicated of these former athletes and we will forever owe them a debt of sincere gratitude.  May God Bless each of them and their families. 

Anyone with information, materials, pictures, memorabilia, etc., of the university’s former athletic program participants  in is requested to contact Ed Dugas at athleticnetwork@louisiana.edu   Thank you.

The Photo Gallery Link located on the left side of the home page at http://www.athleticnetwork.net contains over 8,000 pictures of former and current athletes and support groups.  Just click on photo gallery and when the menu appears, click on the sport or support group you wish to view. The years of pictures posted for that team or group will appear and you may click on the year you wish to view. One click on a thumbnail picture or narrative and it is enlarged; a click on the enlarged photo and it reverts back to the thumbnail.

The Athletic Network seeks to post pictures of each team and support group for each year they represented the university.

 

The stories of the 2008 honorees are still included in the News Page and may be viewed by clicking on "more news" at the bottom right of the News Box, scrolling down, clicking on the title of the story. Those spotlight features which are no longer shown in the News Page, have been moved to the Lagniappe Link of the "History of UL Athletics" located on the left side of the home page.

 

The Spotlight on Former Athletes announcement has also been placed in the profile of each honoree, excluding the pictures.

 

The 2009 honorees in the Athletic Network "Spotlight on Former Athletes" include:

January – Tim Thompson  Men’s Basketball 1957-61.

February – Gene Bacque  Baseball 1956 & 57.

March – Dr. Louis "Lou" Bowers Track & Field 1955, Tennis 1956-58, Wrestling Coach 1964-66.

April – Dr. Carter Lomax, Jr. Tennis 1974-76.

May – Johnny Morris, Jr. Football 1927-29,Men’s Basketball 1927-30,Track & Field 1928-30, Golf 1927-28, Coaches 1947-49 .

June – S.L.I.I. Athletic Pioneers I
July – S.L.I.I. Athletic Pioneers II

August – 1912 – A Special Year – First L’Acadien

September – Glenn Davis Lafleur  Football 1966-69.

October – Bill Bass Boxing 1938 & 39, Football 1938-40, Coach 1971-75 & 1983.

Ed Dugas, Coordinator
Athletic Network
athleticnetwork@louisiana.edu
(337)482-0999