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Mr. Garry Brodhead
Head Women's Basketball Coach
UL Athletic Department
|Obituary: Andrea Kay Doucet Brodhead - September 10, 2015
Funeral service will be held on Monday, September 14th, 2015, at a 1pm Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lafayette for Andrea Kay Doucet Brodhead, age 56, who died peacefully on September 10, 2015 at her residence in Lafayette surrounded by her family.
Interment will be in Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery.
Reverend Howard Blessing, Pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lafayette, will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Lectors will be Carleen Clement and Trae Fitzgerald. Giftbearers will be her granddaughters, Celie, EMmie and Preslie Richard and Brynnan Boyd Eulogist will be Deidre Toups and Jared Blanchard. MacKenzie Bourg, soloist, will sing for the services.
Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Garry Brodhead; her three children Ashley and husband Cullen Richard, Blair and husband Brad Boyd, and Beau Brodhead; four grandchildren, Celie, Emmie, and Preslie Richard, and Brynnan Boyd; siblings Trudy Blanchard, M Dale Doucet, Jodie Gerard, Damon Doucet and Deidre Toups, and her father and mother in-law Easton and Geraldine Marceaux.
She was preceded in death by her parents Roland and Mildred Doucet and maternal grandparents August and Angelle Simon and paternal grandparents Deluse and Mae Doucet.
Andrea was a lifelong resident of Acadiana, a community that she loved dearly and one that will be forever impacted by the legacy she leaves behind. Her passion and commitment to help others succeed in life became evident at a very young age. Her commitment to the man who would become her soulmate and husband for 37 years, Garry Brodhead, now the head coach of the UL Women's Basketball team, actually began at 8 years old when they became childhood neighbors. She was not just instrumental in his success, she made this dream for both of them a reality.
At 18 years old, she became the owner of a specialty clothing boutique which she operated for 30 years. Andrea's Fashions was well known, not for the clothing she sold, but for the exceptional level of personal service she provided to each of her customers. Later, she went on to become founder and director of Acadiana Stars AAU and Biddy Basketball Association. Andrea saw the need in our community to provide a place for young athletes to play the sport that had become so central to her family.
It wasn't a love for the game of basketball itself that motivated her but rather a means for children to build confidence, excel and achieve their dreams. She sacrificed so much of herself to ensure every child would be granted this opportunity. She took them into her homes, she fed them, she drove across town to get them to and from games and practicesâ€¦she taught them to see the greatness that lied within them. So many lives in our community have been forever changed because she believed in them when many times, no one else did.
While she left a profound impact on many lives within Acadiana, Andrea believed her most important role was the one she held within her home. Her unwavering support of her husband and her three children was the foundation behind the multitude of accolades earned by the Brodhead family. Although no trophy bears her name, no one could deny that she was the ultimate Champion.
Pallbearers will be Damon Doucet, Jared Blanchard, Brad Boyd, Cullen Richard, Tim Marceaux, Jim Marceaux, Ryan Randle and Deacon Jones.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the many athletes, past and present, whose lives have been positively impacted by Andrea.
The family requests that visitation be observed in Martin & Castille Funeral Home's SOUTHSIDE location on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 3PM to 8PM and on Monday, September 14th from 8AM until time of service.
A Rosary will be prayed on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 6PM in Martin & Castille Funeral Home's Southside location.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made for a scholarship fund in Andrea Brodhead's name to UL Lafayette Foundation, Post Office Box 44290 Lafayette, LA 70504-4290.
The family would like to give special thanks to Nursing Specialties Inc., especially Maria Olivier, and Dr. Bora Lim of MD Anderson for their compassionate care in our time of need.
View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com
Martin & Castille-SOUTHSIDE-600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508, 337-984-2811
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Women's Basketball - Home at last: Brodhead takes over UL women's program
Eric Narcisse, Daily Advertiser, April 3,2012
Garry Brodhead speaks to the media after being named the UL women's basketball coach Monday during a press conference at the UL Sports Information Office in Lafayette. By Leslie Westbrook April 2, 2012
Five years ago, Garry Brodhead embarked on a journey in search of the necessary college coaching experience his resume lacked after being turned down for the UL women's basketball head coaching job he's coveted as long as he can remember.
Although he was fully aware of the commitment and sacrifice required to gain that experience â€" such as living away from his wife, children and grandchildren â€" Brodhead accepted the assistant coach position with the McNeese State Cowgirls program and made the best of the commute from Lafayette.
On Monday, however, Brodhead's commitment and desire to land the job he's always wanted was rewarded when he was introduced as the new head women's basketball coach of the UL Ragin' Cajuns.
"It is a very exciting time for myself and my family," Brodhead said. "This is something we feel we've worked really hard to be put in this position. We're excited about the opportunity to come in and help build this program."
Brodhead, who is the 12th head coach in the program's history, made a name for himself during a 10-year tenure as the girls basketball coach at Teurlings Catholic, where he posted a 297-78 record, won one state championship, finished runner-up once and advanced to the state semifinals six times to go along with nine district titles.
"On behalf of the university, I'd like to welcome Garry back to Lafayette," Cajuns athletic director Scott Farmer said. "As we navigated through the search process and reviewed the qualities that we were looking for, Coach Brodhead kept rising to the top. His understanding of the game, history in coaching and passion for the university make him a tremendous fit for the position."
Brodhead, who fought back tears throughout the press conference, stated UL isn't his dream job, but "the job" for him.
"I like to refer to this job as the "It" job,'" Brodhead said. "I was always told that you will always flourish when in you are in the right environment and this is my environment. I can't tell you how many times I've walked into a store here in Lafayette and have had someone say to me how much they'd like to see me here."
Although he said he's thought about this staff, Brodhead stated nothing was imminent or written in stone.
"You always think about who you'd want with you," Brodhead said. "I have, but I still haven't made any decisions. I'm actually kind of glad that I wasn't at the Final Four, because there would have been a bunch of people looking for a job."
In five years as an assistant coach for the Cowgirls, the team compiled an overall record of 83-74, including a 52-15 record in the last two seasons which ended with trips to the NCAA Tournament.
"I'm very thankful to coach Brooks Donald-Williams for giving me an opportunity," Brodhead said. "It was always said not to hire a high school coach and she decided to go bigger and better. She has always had a lot of faith in me and has always believed in me."
Donald-Williams, who was in Denver for the Women's Final Four where the coaching convention was taking place, was sad she wasn't able to be present when Brodhead was introduced.
"It is a great opportunity for Garry and we certainly are sad to see him go," Donald-Williams said. "He is the best person for that job and I really can't imagine anyone being able to do a better job than he's going to. You can't put a price tag on what he has meant to our program and to me personally. This is long overdue for him. I remember five years ago making a call for him and I did that because I've always believed in him. He's paid his dues and put his time in, so he is ready for the next step."
Donald-Williams is confident Brodhead will not only be a tremendous asset to the university from an X's and O's standpoint, but also in his ability to teach and recruit.
"He is a great fit for UL," Donald-Williams said. "I know athletic directors sometimes like to search for a name or someone with more experience when the right person is right in front of them. It is no question that getting Garry was a huge win for UL and a huge loss for us at McNeese State."
Brodhead stressed to Donald-Williams this was the beginning and not the end of their journey together.
"When I talked to coach Brooks Donald-Williams (Sunday) she told me our legacy was stopping here, but I told her I disagreed," Brodhead said. "I told her our legacy was just starting here and that we were moving on in the right direction. Right now is a great time to be a part of women's basketball in Louisiana, because there is no dominant team and we're excited that hopefully someday we can be that dominant team."
Garry Brodhead File
High School: Head coach at Teurlings Catholic where he won the first girls state title in Lafayette Parish history in 2002. His career record with the Lady Rebels was 297-78, including one state title, one state runner-up and four semifinal appearances.
During his tenure, Brodhead was the All-Parish Coach of the Year three times, the All-Acadiana Coach of the Year twice and the state Coach of the Year twice.
College: Assistant coach at McNeese State for the past five seasons, including the last two as associate head coach. Coached the defense and point guards, while also directing scheduling, scouting, recruiting and game-film editing at MSU, which went 52-15 with two NCAA appearances over the past two seasons.
Personal: Graduated at UL in 1980 after pole vaulting for the Cajun track team. Wife, Andrea, three children (Ashley, Blair and Beau) three grandchildren (Celie and Emmie Richard; Brannon Boyd.)
|Coaches:|| 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021|
|Cross Country, Track & Field - (M&W):|| 1976, 1978, 1980|
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