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Mr. Charles Ray Lancon (Deceased)



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LAFAYETTE - Charles 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.

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League honors Lancon
Ex-Cajun coach, star UL triple jumper honored on 30-year team.
Bruce Brown

The legacy of Charles Lancon lives on.
Lancon, the former Louisiana Ragin' Cajun track and field coach who died of heart failure three years ago (April 13, 2002) has been named the All-Time Sun Belt Coach for Indoor Track for both men's and women's competition.

The team was selected by a panel as part of a year-long celebration reviewing the 30-year history of the Sun Belt Conference, and no one dominated his sport like Lancon did from 1989-2002.

Lancon won 11 SBC Men's Coach of the Year Awards, including 11 Sun Belt Men's titles. His most impressive feat was winning the quadruple crown in 1993, capturing both the Men's and Women's Indoor and Outdoor titles.
Not surprisingly, Lancon also was named the 30-year Women's Coach.

He brought home three SBC Women's Coach of the Year Awards and captured three Sun Belt Women's titles.

UL also had the All-Time Men's MVP in triple jumper Ndabe Mdhlongwa.

He finished his career at UL as the most decorated Cajun in history, as he won an NCAA championship, a world championship and earned All-American acclaim four times.

Mdhlongwa dominated the triple jump in the Sun Belt from 1993-96.

Ragin' Cajun men's athletes named to the select team include:

Lawrence Willis, 2002-2004
Sun Belt Outdoor Triple Jump Champion 2002, 2003, 2004; Sun Belt Indoor Triple Jump Champion 2002, 2003, 2004; Sun Belt Indoor Long Jump Champion 2003, 2004; Indoor & Outdoor All-American (Triple Jump).

Ndabe Mdhlongwa, 1993-96
1995 Triple Jump National Champion; 1995 Triple Jump World Champion; Four-time All-American 1993-96 (Triple Jump); Four-time Sun Belt Triple Jump Champion (1993-96); 1993 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (Long Jump/High Jump); 1994-96 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (Triple Jump).

Graddy Labbe, 1991-92, '94
1993 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (55m Hurdles, 200m).

Henry Brooks, 1991-92
1992 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (4x400m relay); 1992 NCAA Indoor Championship Qualifier.

Larry Moore, 1991-92
1992 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (Long Jump, Triple Jump).

Ragin' Cajun women's athletes named to the select team include:

Twilet Malcolm, 1991 & 1993
1993 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (55m, 200m, 4x400m relay); 1993 All-American (55m).

Kiesha Owens, 1992-94, '96
1992 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (55m, 200m); 1993 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (4x400m relay); 1994 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (200m); 1995 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (4x400m relay).

Beverley Langley, 1996-99
1996 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (55m, 200m); 1997 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (200m, 4x400m relay); 1998 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (55m, 200m); 1996 NCAA Indoor Championship Qualifier (200m).

Cecilia Noel, 1997-99
1998 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (Triple Jump); 1999 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (Triple Jump).

Originally published January 14, 2006

The information below was provided by Tommy Badon, who served as one of Lancon's assistant coaches from 1989-1997. Tommy's profile is posted in the Athletic Network.

In 1989, Lancon took over as Head Track and Field Coach at his alma mater where he served until his untimely death from a heart attack during the 2002 Track and Field season.

He served as the Head Track and Assistant Football Coach at Northside High School from 1959 until 1968. He moved to Lafayette High School in 1968 and served in the same capacity as an Assistant Football Coach and Head Track Coach until he left for the job at UL in 1988.

As the Head Coach at USL, Coach Lancon was named Louisiana Coach of the year numerous times, was Conference Coach of the Year many times, and coached the Ragin Cajun track team to an unprecedented number of Conference titles in his 14-year tenure.

His wife Beryl still resides in Breaux Bridge and son Kevin is currently living in Houston.

Originally published January 14, 2006
Coaches:  1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Football:  1958, 1959