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Dean Church Media Appearance Schedule:

3:00 P.M. - Thursday, Feb. 23 - Bird's Eye View with Jay Walker on ESPN 1420 

7:30 A.M. - Firday, Feb. 24 - Oh, Brother - ESPN 1420
10:00 A.M. -  Friday, Feb. 24 - Footenotes with Kevin Foote on ESPN 1420


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Men's Basketball: 1962 USL/N'east La Video Posted - Dean Church jersey to be retired on 2/25/12

 

Men's Basketball historical event posted on the internet and one of those players is having his jersey retired

The Men's Basketball Game of Feb. 27, 1962 between USL and Northeast Louisiana is now posted on www.RaginCajuns.com  and is linked at several locations of the Athletic Network.

Click on the links below to view the game on YouTube.

First half video: USL - Northeast La. Men's Basketball Game, Feb. 27, 1962

Second half video: USL - Northeast La. Men's Basketball Game, Feb. 27, 1962  

Special acknowledgements are in order for this video being posted: Charlie English, Men's Basketball 1963-68, game film; Brian Butcher,Channel One Digital, for transporting film to DVD and preparing for posting on the internet;Kelly Raaz, UL Sports Information, for uploading the DVD on ragincajuns.com and YouTube. Thank each of you for helping move the film from canisters to the internet.

The game was won by the Bulldogs, 88-86 and the game report in the Feb. 28, 1962 Daily Advertiser, including the box score, is posted in the 1962 Men's Basketball Photo Gallery.

On Feb. 25, 2012 the university is retiring the jersey of Dean Church, the university's first All-American (twice), who was also the first basketball player drafted by the NBA.

To view all of the latest postings for this event, please click on the "Ragin' Cajuns Reunion and Special Events" (banner on the right of the news box), then the University Retirement of Dean Church's Jersey, Feb. 25, 2012.  

His photo gallery is posted in three links. The first link is of his basketball years at USL and the second is of his participation and leadership in reunions and special programs since that time.  The third link is his family photos.

Please click on the News Stories and Publicity of his page for his media appearances and other announcements, including a story in his home town newspaper.

Attempts are being made to inform all of his teammates - from 1960-1965 - about this special event. If you are in contact with any of the basketball players of those years, please ask them to email
athleticnetwork@louisiana.edu  or phone the Athletic Network at (337)482-0999. Thank you.

Peace, Ed Dugas
www.athleticnetwork.net   

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Eric Maron on Good Morning Acadiana on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
  • GMA

    Ul Basketball

    Posted 7:50 AM 2/16/2012 by Cecilia Stevenson

    UL basketball athletics is retiring the jersey of,
    their only two-time all-american, Dean Church on Saturday, February 25th. This game is
    also their last home game before the Sun Belt Conference Tournament starts!!! Come out and support your Ragin Cajuns!

    • Video (1)
  • Please click here to view the announcement (in case my technology shufflings above missed something).  

    Peace, Ed

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    Men's Basketball: Former Tomcat to be honored -La.-Lafayette will recognize Dean Church on Feb.25

    February 16, 2012

    Former Tomcat to be honored

    La.-Lafayette will recognize Dean Church on Feb. 25, retire his number

    Aaron Snyder The Independent   Ashland, KY

    ASHLAND — In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a pipeline of players made the long trek from Ashland to Lafayette, La.

    Dean Church, a 1960 graduate of Ashland, followed in the footsteps of former Tomcats Howard Humphries, Dale Griffith and Dean’s brother, Don, who all graduated from Ashland in 1957. All attended what was then known as Southwestern Louisiana Institute — it became University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1960, and later Louisiana-Lafayette in 1999.

    The younger Church joined USL in the fall of 1960. By the spring of 1965, he was the school’s record holder in several categories.

    On Saturday, Feb. 25, Church will become the fourth player in school history to have his jersey number retired. The 69-year-old will be recognized during halftime of Louisiana-Lafayette’s home game against Louisiana-Monroe.

    “This is the highest honor you can get, retiring a jersey is the ultimate,” said Church from his home in Luling, La.

    Church wore No. 4 at Ashland, and then he donned No. 10 for the first two seasons as a USL Bulldog. Finally, by his junior season, he was able to wear his lucky number, 12.

    Church will join Dwight Lamar, Marvin Winkler and Andrew Toney on the school’s jersey retiree list.

    The 6-foot-2 guard was a three-year starter, steadily racking up accolades along the way including:

    ‰Becoming the school’s first male All-American.

    ‰Being named to two All-America first teams — Associated Press Small College All-America and NAIA All-America.

    ‰Earning Gulf Coast Conference Player of the Year twice.

    Upon the conclusion of his career, Church held single-season records for most points (701), points per game (23.4), field goals made (237), field goal percentage (57.0 on 237-of-416 shooting), free-throw percentage (83.2), most games in double figures (30) and 30-plus point games (eight). In total, Church scored 1,546 career points, 12th all-time on the Ragin’ Cajuns’ scoring list.

    In 1981, Church was inducted into the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

    “That was something voted on by the coaches, so it really meant a lot,” Church said.

    Church played for coach Beryl Shipley, who ended up being Church’s Best Man in his wedding, at USL.

    Shipley reminded Church of Ashland coach Bob Wright, for whom he played just one season.

    “There were a lot of similarities,” Church said. “Both were relatively young coaches, in their 30s.”

    Church played for Fred Anson at Ashland before Wright took over in 1959-60.

    “(Wright) changed everything,” Church recalled. “Everything he brought in was new to us. It was a much more loose feeling and more upbeat.”

    Along with seniors David “Ditto” Sparks and Gary Wright, Church played an important role in helping the Tomcats earn a 16th Region championship and a state tournament berth in 1960. The ’Cats fell to Maysville in the first round.

    The next season, when Church was a freshman in college, Wright guided Ashland to the 1961 state championship.

    “They had a heck of a team that year,” Church said.

    Church was a 10th-round selection by Philadelphia in the 1965 NBA Draft, but he didn’t feel like he had what it took to play professionally.

    “I really didn’t have all the physical abilities you need,” Church said. “You know the old saying, ‘White men can’t jump?’ I fall into that category. I talked to them and told them I wasn’t interested.”

    Church, who was born in Ashland, decided to stay in Louisiana after his illustrious college basketball career. He worked for Avondale Shipyard for nearly 34 years.

    AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664. 

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    Men's Basketball: Church to have No. 12 jersey retired Feb. 25

    Daily Advertiser, Feb. 6, 2012

    Dean Church, the first-ever Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball player named an All-American, will have his jersey retired during a halftime ceremony of the Cajuns' regular season finale Feb. 25 at the Cajundome, it was announced by the UL Athletics Department on Saturday.

    Church will join former Ragin' Cajuns greats Dwight "Bo" Lamar (1970-73), Marvin Winkler (1967-70) and Andrew Toney (1977-80) in having the honor of jersey retirement by the University.

    Church, who wore No. 12, earned the schools first-ever All-America honor when he received the NAIA All-America award following the 1963-64 season.

    He became the first in program history to ever receive an All-America honor twice when after the 1964-65 season he was named to two All-America First teams — Associated Press Little All-America and NAIA All-America.

    "We are excited to be retiring Dean Church's jersey at our last home game," Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball head coach Bob Marlin said.

    "He was an integral part of our tradition-rich program, becoming our first two-time All-American under the direction of coach Beryl Shipley.

    "Dean and (wife) Sally have always loved and supported our University. We look forward to sharing this special night with him, his family, former teammates, and all of the Ragin' Cajuns fans."

    Church, who starred at Blackham Coliseum from the 1960-61 through 1964-65 season, finished his career with 1,546 career-points and still ranks 12th all-time in UL's record books.

    He was a 10th-round pick by Philadelphia in the 1965 NBA Draft and in 1981 he was inducted into the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

    In his last two seasons playing for the then-USL Bulldogs, he was named the Gulf States Conference Player of the Year.

    At the end of his career, Church held the single-season records for most points (701), points per game (23.4), field goals scored (237), field goal percentage (.570, 237-416), free throw percentage (.832), most games in double figures (30) and 30-plus point games (8).

    — From staff reports 

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    University to Retire Jersey of Dean Church, UL's First Basketball All-American, on Feb. 25, 2012

    The university will be retiring the jersey of Dean Church at half-time of the Saturday, 7:15 P.M., Feb. 25 game when the Cajuns host UL-Monore in the Cajundome. 

    Dean, Men's Basketball 1960-65, was a two-time All-American, the first player in the history of the program to acheive this distinction. In 1965, he was Louisiana's Athlete of the Year.

    Click here to view his jersey...# 12 in 1964.  

    Click here to view Dean on the cover of the 2011 Men's Basketball Reunion Written Program - then click the panel on the left to enlarge.

    Click here to view Dean at the Basketball Tip-off Luncheon in 2003. (top row - right side). 
     

    Click here to view Dean serving as emcee at the 2003 Basketball Reunion. (row five, center)

    Click her to view Dean, President of the College of Commerce, while a USL student.

    Click here to view Dean's Athletic Network Profile.  Please visit his profile, where he modestly acknowledges some of his honors, describes some events of his years at USL, and includes a few interesting stories along the way. 

    A native of Ashland, Ky., Dean is married to the former Sally Evans ( USL ’64 ) of Harvey, La. They have two sons and a daughter : Dean, Jr. and wife Amy, David (’90) and wife Leah (’90) and Anne Church Graffagnini (’98). They have five grandchildren : Andrew Church (21), Peter Church (18), Mark Graffagnini, Jr. (4), Matthew Graffagnini (3) and Miles Graffagnini (8 months).

    Information provided by Jimmy Dykes, teammate and Chair, Beryl Shipley Classic Committee.

    Posted on the Athletic Network www.athleticnetwork.net  Feb. 4, 2012

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    Men's Basketball: Cajuns to Retire Dean Church's Jersey in Home Finale

     




    Dean Church, the first-ever Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball player named an All-American, will have his jersey retired during a halftime ceremony of the Cajuns’ regular season finale on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Cajundome, it was announced by the UL Athletics Department on Saturday.
     
    Church will join former Ragin’ Cajuns greats Dwight “Bo” Lamar (1970-73), Marvin Winkler (1967-70) and Andrew Toney (1977-80) in having the honor of jersey retirement by the University.
     
    Church, who wore No. 12, earned the schools first-ever All-America honor when he received the NAIA All-America award following the 1963-64 season. He became the first in program history to ever receive an All-America honor twice when after the 1964-65 season he was named to two All-America First teams – Associated Press Little All-America and NAIA All-America.
     
    “We are excited to be retiring Dean Church’s jersey at our last home game,” Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball head coach Bob Marlin said. “He was an integral part of our tradition-rich program, becoming our first two-time All-American under the direction of coach Beryl Shipley.
     
    “Dean and (wife) Sally have always loved and supported our University. We look forward to sharing this special night with him, his family, former teammates, and all of the Ragin’ Cajuns fans.”
     
    Church, who starred at Blackham Coliseum from the 1960-61 through 1964-65 season,  finished his career with 1,546 career-points and still ranks 12th all-time in UL's record books. He was a 10th-round pick by Philadelphia in the 1965 NBA Draft and in 1981 he was inducted into the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
     
    In his last two seasons playing for the then-USL Bulldogs, he was named the Gulf States Conference Player of the Year.
     
    At the end of his career, Church held the single-season records for most points (701), points per game (23.4), field goals scored (237), field goal percentage (.570, 237-416), free throw percentage (.832), most games in double figures (30) and 30-plus point games (8).
     
    One of the best from the charity stripe, Church still holds the school's record for most free throws made in a season (227), most free throws made in a game (18), most free throws attempted in a game (20) and attempted in a season (273).
     
    A native of Ashland, Ky., Church is married to the former Sally Evans of Harvey, La. They have three children: Dean, Jr., David, and Anne.
     
    DEAN CHURCH’S TOP HONORS:
    • Gulf States Conference Player of the Year (1964 & 1965)
    • First Team All-Gulf States Conference (1964 & 65)
    • NAIA First Team All-American (1964 & 1965)
    • AP First Team Small College All-American (1965)
    • Athlete of the Year in Louisiana, 1965 (runner up-1964)
    • “S” Club Hall of Fame Member
    • Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame Member
     

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