415 Kendall Ridge Drive
West Monroe, La 71292
Ouachita Parish High School 681 Highway 594 Monroe, La 71203 firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert's Living Memorial for the Nelson Stokley Tribute was submitted on 10/11/2017 and is followed by information on his successful coaching career which was posted in 2008. His LM was posted on 10/11/2017 by Dr. Ed Dugas.
NELSON STOKLEY TRIBUTE
ROBERT ARVIE (TE, OLB) 1987-1991
My recruiting class of 1987 was Nelson Stokley’s first signing class at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Some of the signees were PD. Broussard, Van Ray Alexander, Troy Wingerter, Jeff LeJuene, Francis Touchet and a few more. I was sold on USL after my official visit. I saw Theron Harrison, Brian Mitchell, Patrick Taylor, Terrance Harrison & Clifford Champ walk around with those tight sweaters (chiseled physique). I wanted Coach Brad Roll to shape my body in that image!!!
Nelson Stokley gave me a second chance! Even though I played as a true freshman, I was not ready academically. I struggled my first two years and eventually received that dreadful letter stating that I was academically suspended for one calendar year.
I immediately informed Coach Stokley of this letter. He made a few calls for me. Nonetheless, the second letter came stating that my appeal has been declined or upheld.
I walked into Coach Nelson’s office and pleaded to him that I could not go back home as a disappointment to my family and to the City of Opelousas. So much expectation was put upon my shoulders.
Coach Stokley picked up his phone and told whoever was on the other end, “Do what you can to get Arvie back into school!!!”
I was given a second chance! The following year, I had asked for and granted my red shirt year. I used that year to repeat all of the courses that I made an F or D. I passed all of them and removed those F’s & D’s off of my transcript.
I moved into a room by myself and focused on staying up all night studying and getting my school work. I met my future wife Stephanie Benoit (Duson, LA).
Stephanie received her BA in Business Management during my junior year. I knew that I had to graduate within the five years of my scholarship.
I took 22 hours during the fall of 1991. I took 18 hours during the spring and 9 hours that summer of 1992. I graduated that summer and received my BA during the fall commencement.
I have been a high school teacher & coach for the past 26 years. The last six years as the Head Football Coach at Woodlawn in Shreveport (2012) & Richwood High School in Monroe, LA (2013- present).
I would not be in this situation if not for the leadership and help from Coach Nelson Stokley. Every young person deserves a SECOND CHANCE!! I was given that SECOND CHANCE!!
THANKS COACH NELSON STOKLEY!
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I have been teaching & coaching for 18 years. I have been married for 16 years to my wife Stephanie Benoit Arvie (1990 USL). We have a daughter (Symphanie) who is eight years old. My girls track team at Wossman High School have won the past two 3-A State Championship '07 & '06 in Track & Field.