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Mr. John E. Caldwell, Jr.



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My memories of when I participated on the USL Bowling team during the 1966-70 years were that Bowling was a sport in which you could letter and be a member of the S Club.

Our team participated in the Louisiana Intercollegiate Bowling League with LSU, McNeese and Southeastern. The league was formed with the leadership of Mr. N. R. Duff of Lafayette Lanes and Mr. Whitey Urban, the USL Athletic Director.

We also participated in the Association of College Unions and this lead to regional and national tournaments held in Austin, Texas (1st place); Miami, Florida (2nd place); and Cincinnati, Ohio (3rd place).

Among an outgrowth of these successes was the installation of bowling lanes in our new student union by Mr. Bob Cosper, Mr. Russell LeJeune, and new director, Mr. Glenn Menard. Thanks to Mr. Duff, Mrs. Jackie LeBlanc and Mrs. Anna Belle Richard, who developed young bowlers in high school who aspired to bowl in college.

The program brought a great deal of publicity and notoriety to USL. Many of the minor sports were also bringing visibility to the university. The Trampoline team coached by Jeff Hennessy had the first female athlete earn a varsity letter and she followed that with being named Miss America, Judith Ann Ford. She and the team brought additional national fame to the university. Amen.

Thanks. Jay Caldwell, B. S. USL, 1971 and very grateful.

Updated by email to Dr. Ed Dugas, April 30, 2020.
Bowling:  1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970