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Mr. Craig Mays
Graduated 1969

815 Beau Chene Dr.
Mandeville, La 70471


Home Phone: 985-845-7666
Work Phone: --
Fax: --
Email: craigmays@bellsouth.net

Craig’s Living Memorial for the Coach Cole Tribute was submitted on Feb 25, 2018 and posted by Dr. Ed Dugas on Feb. 28, 2018. It is followed by information provided by Herb Stein, teammate and Craig.

I will always be indebted to Coach Cole for my education. As a skinny kid from Lafayette High, he allowed me to train with Pat Arceneaux during my senior year.

He saw enough potential to offer me a books/tuition scholarship. Without that I would not be able to attend college, which in turn meant I would not go into the Air Force as an officer. My flying career has now surpassed 50 years.

He did not always pay much attention to Joe Murry, Lou Lenfant or myself as we were pretty much our own coaches, but it was enough to let us know he was interested.

The night in Lake Charles when we had no business winning the Conference championship ranks as a never forgotten moment in my life.

Coach thanks for the memories and the wonderful life you helped me attain.

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Air Force Pilot (Vietnam) and later with the Air National Guard where he retired as a colonel. Years of service probably was late 1960s and early 1970s.
Information provided on Nov. 2, 2009 by Herb Stein, a Track teammate.

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Updated by Craig Mays on Nov. 10, 2014
Served in the USAF from 1969 till 1996. Active duty from 1969 till 1973. Reserves from 1974 till 1996. Combat tours in Vietnam 1971 and Desert Storm 1991. Retired as a Colonel. Flew OV-10, T-38, A-37, F-4, A-10, and F-16. Distinguished Graduate of USAF Fighter Weapons School.

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