Mickey's Fond Memories of Coach Blanco were submitted on March 30, 2021 and posted by Ed Dugas. They are followed by his fond memories of Coach Russ Faulkinberry and other information.
Coach Blanco was great at getting the most out of everyone. Since I was on the offense he had only limited contact to me on the practice field, but his charism and work effort were absorbed by everyone.
However, I felt I had a second connection through family and friends. I was accepted into the group from New Iberia Catholic High...even attended tenth year reunion.
My wife, Peggy’s Aunt Verna was also Kathleen Blanco’s Aunt. Verna’s husband was “Snookie” Patout” (Peggy’s Godfather). Sorry if going long with family connection.
Coach had a good connection or two that helped monitoring our behavior etc. As an example, When I visited Peggy’s home for the first time, her father served BBQ chicken. Later that night Coach dropped by study hall. He entered the room, patted me on the back and said....how was that chicken today!!
Football ‘65 to ‘68 player
Wide receiver coach ‘69
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Mickey's Living Memorial for the Coach Faulkinberry Tribute is followed by information he submitted after his LM of 6/8/2010 and posted by Dr. Ed Dugas that day.
Russ Faulkinberry’s Living Memorial, Norbert "Mickey" Bergeron - Football 1965-68, Graduate Assistant Football Coach 1969.
Coach Faulkinberry was a big influence on my life and I thought he was ahead of his time in “thinking outside the box”.
We had great schemes for kick off returns and he worked on our punter in terms of not booming the ball into the end zone, but “pooch kicking” inside the 20 yard line…before you had actually heard of that term.
His discipline was outstanding and he made no exceptions on the rules.
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Served as a graduate assistant football coach in 1969.
Retired after 47 years in the Flexible Packaging Profession. Three children and six Grand children. Married to former Peggy Patout.