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Mr. Edward P. Mouton
Nickname: Eddie
2004

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209 General Gardner Ave.
Lafayette, LA 70501

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Eddie's Living Memorial for the Coach Shipley Tribute was sent in 2001 and is followed by educational, athletic, and other family information. Posted by Dr. Ed Dugas on Oct. 3, 2017.

This footnote section was written in 2001 for the Shipley Reunion:
After having spent 12 years at Cathedral High School with the Christian Brothers as teachers, no girls and the same classmates every year, it was a breath of fresh air when I graduated in 1960 and enrolled at USL where I was on the basketball team for two years and the baseball team for three.

Meeting new people from all over the country, different dialects (yes Finley, you talk funny) and cultures, was really interesting and exciting. I had watched USL basketball since Coach Shipley arrived in 1957 and really got a kick out of his style and his players. Having been a statistician and spotter for Cathedral and Bob Henderson at USL for football, I had a dual role on the basketball team of practice player and statistician.

Being on the same floor with such great players as Bill McHorris, Tim Thompson, Larry Simon, Dean Church, and Howard Humphreys, to name a few, was really big for me. I had watched these players while in high school and was sort of awe struck to be playing with them.

One true story about Dean Church-In the summer of 1961 Coach Shipley called me at home and asked me to go to the Men's Gym to play one on one with a prospect he was looking at. I walked into the gym and was introduced to the most unlikely looking athlete and I figured I'd show him a thing or two about basketball.

Well, after about 15 minutes he was beating me about 25 to 4 and for the life of me I hadn't seen such moves anywhere in my life-if you've seen Dean play you know what I'm talking about. I always remind Dean when I see him that I helped him get his scholarship.

Played pro baseball in the Washington Senators organization - got to AAA Pacific Coast league before having my career cut short by the U.S. Army.

Coached the USL baseball team in 1967 on an interim basis. I am satisfied that coaching was not my long suit.

Like Finley said in his bio, playing sports is mainly about the people you meet, the friends you make and the memories. I've been fortunate living here in Lafayette to see Coach Shipley on a regular basis at the golf course and also to follow this great University of Louisiana, the biggest industry in Lafayette.

I guess I get to see more people from the Shipley Era than most who live out of town. Playing for Coach Shipley and being associated with all the great people from the Shipley Era is a great honor and pleasure for me.

Oh! By the way, remember the two AMAZONS on campus in 1962, Chi Chi Lignon and Kay Bickham? Well, I married Kay Bickham's little sister (5'11") Beth and we have four sons (all tall and good roundballers) and one grandson born on the fourth of July 2001!

I'm running the family Real Estate business. My father was the only person I could get to hire me when I was looking for a job.


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Served in the Army Reserve from 1967-1972.
Updated Nov. 12, 2009

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Submitted by Edward P. Mouton on March 28, 2007 on behalf of the Bickham/Mouton Family Connections and posted on May 22.

Three generations of athletes at SLI, USL and UL

Just in case you thought Ross Mouton, UL basketball player 2003-07, fell off the turnip cart, read on...

His grandfather (Beth Bickham Mouton's father), Tom Bickham played on the 1930 Louisiana State football championship team from Homer High School in Homer, LA. He was picked on the All State team that year. Bickham and several of his team mates followed their high school coach T.L. Wilbanks, who became SLI head football coach in 1930. Bickham was voted most valuable player at Homer High for two years and along with his brother T.E. Bickham was picked on Homers All Decade team. Tom Bickham was also an outstanding track athlete at SLI and was a consistent winner in the shot putt, discus and javelin events. He set a record in the discus in the early l930's (the LIC Conference) that was not broken for 10 years. Bickham also was voted Most Valuable Player on the SLI football team.

His great uncle T.E. Bickham played tackle on the Homer High School team that won the state championship in 1937. He was picked opn the All State team and attended SLI on an athletic schlorship. At SLI Bickham lettered in football and track, was inducted into the SLI Athletic Hall of Fame, and was a member of the Blue Key Honor Society. Bickham joined the US Air Force on Pearl Harbor day and was a B-24 bomber pilot in the European Theater during WWII flying 26 combat missions over Germany.

His father, Eddie Mouton played basketball and baseball at USL in the early l960's. He was an All State 5 sport letterman at Cathedral High School and received an athletic schlorship to USL in 1960. He was a first team All Gulf States Conference selection in 1962 and 1963 as an outfielder and utility player under Coaches Pete Wilson and Sonny Roy. Mouton signed to play professional baseball for the American League Washington Senators and reached the Triple A level before having his career cut short by military service. His three other sons Brooks, Alex and Britt were All District basketball players at St. Thomas More and Lafayette High Schools. All are UL graduates.

I would have to say that Ross comes by his athletic ability honestly.


This footnote section was written in May, 2004 - after Eddie's graduation:

May 15, 2004. Today, after 40 years of frustration, I graduated from the University of Louisiana with a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies. It was a long haul, considering I started SLI in 1959, attended USL and graduated from UL. There are many reasons I did not complete my college degree sooner, none of which are interesting. The truth is I am absolutely delirious to finally graduate, an accomplishment which was long past due. I now feel that I belong to the heart and soul of this great University, which is the main ingredient in the success of this city and Acadiana.

Athletic Network footnote: Eddie serves as the Captain of the Coaches Network, along with Troy Wingerter and has been a supporter and "true-believer" in the Athletic Network concept from day one. Eddie, we extended to you our hearty "CONGRATULATIONS."



This footnote section was written in 2001 for the Shipley Reunion:
After having spent 12 years at Cathedral High School with the Christian Brothers as teachers, no girls and the same classmates every year, it was a breath of fresh air when I graduated in 1960 and enrolled at USL where I was on the basketball team for two years and the baseball team for three.

Meeting new people from all over the country, different dialects (yes Finley, you talk funny) and cultures, was really interesting and exciting. I had watched USL basketball since Coach Shipley arrived in 1957 and really got a kick out of his style and his players. Having been a statistician and spotter for Cathedral and Bob Henderson at USL for football, I had a dual role on the basketball team of practice player and statistician.

Being on the same floor with such great players as Bill McHorris, Tim Thompson, Larry Simon, Dean Church, and Howard Humphreys, to name a few, was really big for me. I had watched these players while in high school and was sort of awe struck to be playing with them.

One true story about Dean Church-In the summer of 1961 Coach Shipley called me at home and asked me to go to the Men's Gym to play one on one with a prospect he was looking at. I walked into the gym and was introduced to the most unlikely looking athlete and I figured I'd show him a thing or two about basketball. Well, after about 15 minutes he was beating me about 25 to 4 and for the life of me I hadn't seen such moves anywhere in my life-if you've seen Dean play you know what I'm talking about. I always remind Dean when I see him that I helped him get his scholarship.

Played pro baseball in the Washington Senators organization - got to AAA Pacific Coast league before having my career cut short by the U.S. Army. Coached the USL baseball team in 1967 on an interim basis. I am satisfied that coaching was not my long suit.

Like Finley said in his bio, playing sports is mainly about the people you meet, the friends you make and the memories. I've been fortunate living here in Lafayette to see Coach Shipley on a regular basis at the golf course and also to follow this great University of Louisiana, the biggest industry in Lafayette. I guess I get to see more people from the Shipley Era than most who live out of town. Playing for Coach Shipley and being associated with all the great people from the Shipley Era is a great honor and pleasure for me.

Oh! By the way, remember the two AMAZONS on campus in 1962, Chi Chi Lignon and Kay Bickham? Well, I married Kay Bickham's little sister (5'11") Beth and we have four sons (all tall and good roundballers) and one grandson born on the fourth of July 2001! I'm running the family Real Estate business-my father was the only person I could get to hire me when I was looking for a job.


Baseball:  1961, 1962, 1963
Basketball- (M):  1960, 1961, 1962
Coaches:  1967
Military Veteran:  1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972


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