Find an individual who either played a sport or was a member of a support group. Search by last name by clicking on the first letter of the person's last name.
<< Return to Member List
Mr. Baron Babineaux
|Byron's Fond Memories for the Raymond Blanco Tribute were submitted March 24, 2021 and posted by Ed Dugas. Byron's Hall of Fame information is included below his FMs.
I've been honored to call him "Coach" and honored to call him "Raymond", but the title I've been most honored to use is "brother in law".
Whatever the title! Whatever the name!
I, and everyone else, knows we can call him 24/7 any day of the year!
Books could be written on all the advice he has given me and thousands of others (yes, thousands) on how to get to a better place in life.
I know he and Kathleen, two people who were divinely united, have together personally touched and lifted multitudes.
On a recent trip to Monroe I personally expressed my gratitude to him for all he has done for me and my family. "Live on, great one!" You still have things to do!
You're a loving respected figure in your large, extended family,in your neighborhood,in the city of Lafayette, in the state of Louisiana and beyond. May God continue to bless you!
* * * * * *
Hall of Fame: Babineaux, Owens Relish Induction
October 24, 2004 -
October 24, 2004
LAFAYETTE - The setting was perfect.
Former University of Louisiana lineman Baron Babineaux was standing at midfield, looking up at a homecoming crowd of 23,121 fans and waving as he was introduced with four other new members of the school's S Club Hall of Fame.
Babineaux was an All-Gulf States Conference selection in 1968 and 1969, finished at UL in 1971 and still lives in New Iberia with his wife, the former Karen Viator, who was homecoming queen here in 1969 when the Cajuns played at McNaspy Stadium.
"She's still my queen," Babineaux said on Saturday. "We've been married 27 years."
Babineaux was on UL teams that beat Terry Bradsaw and Louisiana Tech as well as Roger Staubach and Pensacola Navy in 1968. He also faced other future NFL stars.
"I played center my sophomore year against Bill Bergey of Arkansas State," Babineaux recalled. "He was the best I ever played against.
"And (defensive end) Cedric Hardman at North Texas. I remember they outweighed us 100 pounds a man, but we had a 99-yard drive against them.
"The coaches ran a good program when I was here," Babineaux added. "Rules were enforced, and you were held accountable. It was a great time in my life."
The former Catholic-New Iberia star likes what he sees from coach Rickey Bustle's current Cajuns, who bested Arkansas State 27-24 on Saturday.
"I'm real excited about this program," said Babineaux, a longtime season ticket holder. "They're well-organized, and coach Bustle has them on their way upward. I think more support is coming. They've turned the corner, and I think they'll have a winning season."
Babineaux was joined in the 2004 induction class by track and field sprinter Keisha Owens-Williams, All-American golfer Trey Coker and baseball stars Leslie O'Neal and Mark Trosclair.
Wow," Owens said. "I'm full of elation. I was so nervous before my speech at today's luncheon, I started crying. I'm really overwhelmed by this, and I want to thank (current UL coach) Lance Veazey for nominating me."
Owens, who won an unprecendented 16 individual or relay titles in the Sun Belt Conference, graduated in 1996 in criminal justice and works for the U.S. Army as a substance abuse counselor. She lives in Fort Campbell, Ky., with husband Bryant, a former LSU sprinter, and 5-year-old daughter Zion, who runs all the time through the house."
"The thing I remember at UL was the unity we had," Owens said. "I realize how much I miss it. D'Nais Jones and I have remained good friends.
"It was an honor just to come behind Hollis Conway, Twilet Malcolm, Ndaba Mdhlongwa and Grady Labbe at UL. I never imagined this would happen."
The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
October 24, 2004
Hall of Fame inducts five new members today
October 23, 2004 -
Coker, O'Neal, Trosclair, Owens, Babineaux honored.
October 23, 2004
LAFAYETTE � The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns will induct five former athletes into the �S" Club Hall of Fame today during Homecoming activities surrounding the Cajuns' football contest against Arkansas State.
The inductees include golfer Trey Coker, baseball standouts Leslie O'Neal and Mark Trosclair, track and field's Keisha Ray Owens-Williams and football star Baron Babineaux.
The five will be formally inducted during a noon luncheon today in the Mardi Gras Ballroom of the Cajundome, and the group will also be honored during halftime activities of today's 4 p.m. football contest at Cajun Field.
Tickets for the luncheon are $30 each and tickets for the football contest run from $10 to $32 and are available at the Cajundome box office beginning at 10 a.m. as well as at the Cajun Field gates beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Coker graduated cum laude in business administration in 1994. While at UL, he was a four-year letterman in golf.
He received All-Louisiana honors all four years, All-Conference honors three years, All-American honors in 1992 and Academic All-American honors in 1993. Coker helped to lead the Cajuns to NCAA post-season all four years. He currently lives in Boyce with his wife Crystal and son Will and is employed at State Farm as an agent.
O'Neal, who graduated in psychology in 1971, was a four-year letterman on the baseball squad, receiving All-Conference honors in 1965 and 1966. In 1966 O'Neal was also named the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year.
O'Neal lives in Baton Rouge where he is vice president, southwest region, of Harcourt School Publishers. He is married and has three children and seven grandchildren.
Owens-Williams graduated from UL in 1996 in criminal justice. She was a four-year letterman and won a record 16 Sun Belt Conference individual and relay titles � a feat accomplished by no other athlete.
Williams currently resides in Fort Campbell, Ky., with her husband Bryant and son Zion, working for the U.S. Army as a substance abuse instructor.
Trosclair graduated from UL in education in 1972 and was a three-year letterman for the baseball team.
He received All-Southland Conference honors in 1971 and 1972 and helped lead the 1972 squad to the SLC title. He lives in LaPlace with his wife Ellen, and is retired from Shell Oil Company. He has two children.
Babineaux graduated from UL in business administration in 1971, and was a three-year letterman for the football team. He received Gulf States Conference all-league honors in 1968 and 1969.
Babineaux lives in New Iberia where he owns and operates Baron's Health and Court Club. He is married to Karen Viator Babineaux and has three children.
The purpose of the UL Lafayette Hall of Fame is to give recognition to athletes who have made a significant contribution to the good name of the university by demonstrating exceptional ability and sportsmanship on the playing fields, commendable scholarship in the classroom, high quality leadership on the campus and who after leaving the university established a personal reputation for character and citizenship in the community which they reside.
�The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
October 23, 2004
|Football:|| 1967, 1968, 1969|
Send this Page to a Friend!