A.H.S. Hall of Fame
2000 AHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
On September 27, 1967 June Broussard Meyers and Lynwood James Meyers became the proud parents of their first born child, Kevin James Meyers. Over time, the Meyers family continued to grow as Kevin welcomed a brother, Ken (who would become an Abbeville High School and USL baseball standout), and a sister, Karrie (a graduate of Abbeville High School and Northeast University-Monroe).
Kevinís athletic career began at an early age. When he was 7 he began playing minor league baseball in the Abbeville Youth program. Kevinís father, Lynwood, coached him in those early years as he would throughout his youth playing days.
He participated in a variety of athletic programs, such as Biddy Basketball from ages 9-12, youth football under Coach Donald Chauvin. Little League and Babe Ruth baseball were year round functions at the Meyers household from ages 7-15. Since the age of 7 years old, Kevin was chosen to represent Abbeville as an all-star in each sport he participated in through the age of 15. His youth career ended playing American Legion baseball. Coach Keno Perry saw some promise in the 16 year old Kevin and he started him on a team loaded with 17 & 18 year old players.
In 1982 Kevinís high school career began. While a freshman at Abbeville High School, Kevin participated in basketball, lettered in golf and lettered in baseball under Coach Ernie Miller. After a 3 sport freshman year, Kevin realized that if he wanted to compete in baseball at the college level (which was a primary goal of his) then he would have to dedicate himself to that sport only.
The wisdom of his decision was evident his sophomore year, a letterman year. The Wildcats had a record of 20-3, won district 4-AAA and reached the state quarterfinals. Kevin also led the junior varsity squad to a perfect 12-0 record at shortstop and on the mound.
Maturing physically and mentally, his junior year was a breakout year for his baseball career. It resulted in attracting the attention of college coaches and major league scouts. The Wildcats finished the season with a 25-8 record (8-0 district record) ultimately losing in the AAA State championship game under Coach Paul Trosclair. Junior season totals: he led the team in the following categories - .388 batting average, 5 home runs and 31 RBI in 33 games.
Kevin earned the following honors his junior year:
- First team All-Parish Co-MVP (with former standout AHS pitcher Howard Landry)
- First team 4-AAA All-District shortstop (district leading .525 batting average)
- First team AAA All-State shortstop
Other All-district teammates included: David Roy, Gerald Gaspard, Howard Landry, and Ronnie Mailhes.
Kevinís senior year started by being recruited by colleges like USL, LSU, La. Tech, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State. Mid-way through his senior season (during NCAA early signing period) he decided to accept a full scholarship to USL (now UL Lafayette). The 1985 Wildcats finished the year with a record of 19-4 (district record 7-0) under Coach Errol Trahan who piloted the Wildcats to a third straight district title with 17 consecutive district wins and a perfect 17-0 record. Senior, Kevin Meyers racked up the following season totals: .514 batting average considered one of the highest in school history, 3 home runs and 18 RBI.
Honors earned his senior year included:
- First team All-Parish shortstop (parish leader with .514 batting average)
- First team 4-AAA All-District shortstop
- First team AAA All-State shortstop (second in state with a .514 batting average)
- Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) All-Star Game starter at shortstop.
Other All-district teammates included: Sophomore Catcher (and brother of Kevin) Ken Meyers, Howard Landry, Pat Landry, Roland Frederick, Donavan Campbell and Greg Duhon.
Upon completion of his AHS high school athletic career, Kevin turned his attention to earning a college degree and a college baseball career. Kevin enrolled at USL in 1986 as a freshman. Starting at shortstop as a freshman against the University of Florida was quite an experience for a 17-year-old Abbeville boy. But start he did and proved to be quite capable too.
Kevin Lettered as a freshman and led the team his sophomore year on the mound with a 3.94 ERA at USL. But like at AHS, his breakout year was his junior year in 1988 when he led USL to an American South Conference Championship and its first NCAA post-season appearance in school history under Coach Mike Boullanger and Emerrick Jagneaux.
Junior season achievements included: .314 batting average, 7 home runs, 42 RBI also a 1-1 record on the mound, leading the team in saves and ERA with a 1.69 ERA (5 innings short of qualifying for team leader and Top 10 in School History in ERA)
Kevin earned the following honors his junior year at USL:
- American South Conference Tournament MVP ( .333 batting average, 2 home runs, 7 RBI and 1 save in a 3 game series)
- Louisiana Sportswriterís All-Louisiana First team
- American South Conference All-Academic first team
- Set school record with 63 runs scored
- Became the first player in 17 years to score 5 runs in 1 game
- Set school and American South Conference record with 24 doubles
Kevinís final year of college baseball was just as successful with senior season as witnessed by the following totals: .381 batting average (4th on the team), 11 home runs (2nd on the team), and 53 RBI (3rd on the team).
Honors for his senior year included:
- Pre-Season All-American Candidate
- Baseball Americaís All-American Checklist Team
- Baseball Americaís Pre-season All-Conference Team
- Louisianaís Sportswriterís All-Louisiana First Team (2nd Year on the team)
- American South Conference All-Academic Team
- Set American South Conference record with 4 doubles in a conference series
- Drafted by Toronto Blue Jays in the Major League Professional Draft
1986-1989 (USL Career Accomplishments)
Career totals: .325 batting average, 20 home runs, 114 RBI
Above all, Kevinís 4 years at USL included making the Deans List every year. (maintaining a 3.0 GPA)
Kevin has been active serving his community with various involvements, which included:
In April 1990, Kevin married the former Monica Duhon of Maurice. The Meyers are the proud parents of 3 girls- Taylor (5) Claire (3) and Katherine (7 weeks).
That same year Kevin also graduated from USL with a BS in Finance. In 1996, he received a masters degree from the College of Saint Francis (Illinois) in Healthcare Administration. Kevin has been employed in an administrative position with Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, La. for the last 9 years.
The Abbeville High School Boosters Club considers Kevin J. Meyers another prized find for their Athletic Hall of Fame. He continues the fine tradition of excellence for this distinguished hall of honor.
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