A.H.S. Hall of Fame

 

2001 AHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Guy R. Thibodeaux   &   Ken J. Meyers

 

 Guy Rainer Thibodeaux

(AHS 1973 - 1977)

     On March 11, 1959 in Abbeville, LA a son Guy Rainer Thibodeaux was born to Mr. & Mrs. Leeward Thibodeaux.  Little did they dream this baby named Guy Thibodeaux would be named to the Abbeville Athletic Hall of Fame?
     Guy’s education began at Eaton Park Elementary where he spent 1st thru 5th grade.  He went on to Abbeville Jr. High from 6th thru 8th and Abbeville High School from 9th thru 12th grade.  He is a 1977 Graduate of Abbeville High.

     Guy became interested in sports at an early age starting with baseball.  He thanks Gayle Frederick and the late Mr. Otis Stelly for their early coaching and inspiration.

    Guy began his football career in the 7th grade under the coaching of Glenn Hebert.  After Jr. High, he attended Abbeville High School where his high school football career began to blossom.  As a freshman football player Guy played for coach George Veazey, freshman coach and the remainder of his high school career under head coach Mike Conlin.  He lettered 3 years in football, baseball and track.

    During his football career he was selected to 1975 2nd team All District, 1975 All Parish, 1976 All District and 1976 All Parish as a defensive nose guard.  Guy was “cat quick” and was seldom blocked.  He gave many opposing defensive coordinators fits.

            During his baseball career under coach Errol Trahan he was selected to the 1976 All Parish and 1976 All District baseball team as a right fielder. 

            On the track and field Guy was a sprinter.  He ran the 100-yard dash and was a member of the record setting 440-yard relay team.  One of his most memorable track moments was taking a 2nd place finish at the state track meet in Baton Rouge at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in 1976.  Other participants on the relay team were Barry Herbert, Albert Eady and Rodney Davis.  The 440-yard relay team also qualified for state in 1977, which Guy was part of but unable to attend due to an illness.  Other members of that event were Rodney Davis, Mike Jason and Shelwood Harrison.  All of his track coaching was under the direction of Coach Jerry Harrington.

            Guy has many warm memories of his high school athletic career.  He looks back on it with much pride.  He wants to thank all of the coaches, teammates and fans that have made it possible to induct him into the Abbeville High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

            For the past 15 years, Louisiana Safety, an oilfield service company, has employed Guy.  He is married to Pauline Frederick who attended Abbeville High School and is a 1979 graduate.  They have two children who also attended Abbeville High School.  Garrett is a 19 year old and a 2000 graduate of Abbeville High School.  Garrett also played football and played the same position as his father and he too did a great job at that position.  Garrett is currently attending ULL.  Niki is currently a senior at Abbeville High School and will be a 2002 graduate.  Niki is an AHS cheerleader and has been for the past two years.  She is also a member of the 2001 Homecoming Court.

            Guy’s hobbies include fishing and hunting.

 

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Ken Jude Meyers

(AHS 1983 - 1987)

On Oct. 14, 1969, June Broussard Meyers and Lynwood James Meyers became the proud parents of their second son, Ken Jude Meyers.  The growing Meyers family already had older brother Kevin (who would become an Abbeville High School and U.L. Lafayette baseball standout and a 2000 A.H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee), and later would welcome a sister, Karrie (a graduate of Abbeville H.S. and U.L. Monroe).

 

Ken’s athletic career began at an early age.  When he was only 7, he began playing minor league baseball in the Abbeville Youth program.  The only way he could play at that age was if his father was a coach; and of course that would happen throughout his youth playing days.  He participated in a variety of athletic programs, such as Biddy Basketball from ages 9-12 and youth football under coach Donald Chauvin.  Little League and Babe Ruth baseball was year round functions at the Meyers household from ages 7-15.  Since the age of 7 years old, Ken was selected to represent Abbeville as an all-star in each sport he participated in through the age of 15.  Meyers still points to the summer of 1984 as the true beginning of what would be a stellar baseball career.  Ken was selected to play American Legion Baseball (16-18 yr. old) at age 15 with arguably the best Legion team in the history of Vermilion Parish, which included the likes of brother Kevin, Howard Landry, Donovan Campbell, Jerrod Duhon and Greg Landry.

 

That same year Ken’s high school career began where he participated and lettered in baseball, basketball and golf.  After his sophomore year, Meyers realized that if he wanted to compete in baseball at the college level (where brother Kevin was already a standout for the Cajuns), he would have to dedicate himself to that sport only.  The wisdom of Kevin’s advice to Ken to focus on one sport was evident his junior year.   Meyers led the Wildcats to a 20-7 record, winning the 4-AAA District title and reaching the State Quarterfinals.  That year he was selected to the 4-AAA All-District Team, All-Parish Team and the AAA All-State Team.  Maturing physically and mentally, his junior year proved to be his breakout year for his baseball career.  It resulted in attracting the attention of college coaches and major league scouts from around the country.

Ken’s senior year started by being recruited by colleges like U.L. Lafayette, LSU, Louisiana Tech, UNO and U.L. Monroe.  With all of these major colleges showing interest, the senior catcher know that his baseball future hinged upon a solid senior year; and he would answer the call.  Meyers led the 1987 Wildcats to a 18-4 record winning the 4-AAA District title and a second straight trip to the State Quarterfinals.  The senior racked up the following season totals: .531 batting average – which clipped the old school record of .514 set by brother Kevin, 6 home runs and 31 RBI’s.  Honors earned his senior year included: 1st Team 4-AAA All-District, 1st Team AAA All-state, 1st Team All-Parish (MVP), named starting catcher of the Louisiana High School Al-Star Game and a finalist for the U. S. Golden Spikes Award (National Player of the Year).

 

Upon completion of his AHS athletic career, it was now time for Ken to make a decision as to which college he would attend.  After careful consideration, several recruiting visits and a little persuading from big brother, Ken decided to join brother Kevin and become a member of the Ragin Cajun Baseball Team.

 Meyers arrived on the USL campus in 1987 and after a 1988 redshirt season, it was time to prove that he belonged; and he would do just that.  In 1989 the redshirt freshman was named the opening day starting catcher and that title would stick with him throughout his stellar career.  In 1991, after solid Freshman and Sophomore seasons which brought consecutive Conference Championships and brought Ken consecutive All-Conference selections, then Head Coach Mike Boulanger named Meyers team captain in the hopes that the vocal leader could help lead the school to its first College World Series birth.  After a season which saw Ken put up the best numbers of his career (.326 avg. – 13 HR – 47 RBI’s), the Cajuns advanced to the championship game of the Regionals in Baton Rouge where eventual national champions LSU would defeat USL 6-4.  Honors for his junior year were: 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Louisiana, 1st Team American Baseball Coaches Association Southeast Region Team and named to the USA Today’s Baseball America Top 100 Players.

 In 1992, Meyers’ final season of College Baseball he again was selected Team Captain.  That season, the Cajuns captured it’s second consecutive SunBelt Conference Championship and would participate in a midseason tournament that would be the best offensive explosion of Ken’s career.  Meyers led the Cajuns into the Dixie College Classic, which USL would rack up victories against Mississippi State, Univ. of Texas, Northwestern and Arkansas.  In the tourney, Ken went 10-16 at the plate with 2 homeruns, one of which was a game-winning grand slam to beat the 10th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks.  For his efforts Meyers was named MVP of the tournament.  The Cajuns would again fall short of a College World Series berth in 1992 losing in the Regional Quarterfinals in Austin, TX to Long Beach State who was led by eventual big leaguer  and Oakland A’s slugger Jason Giambi.  Honors for his senior year were 1st Team All- Conference and 1st Team All-Louisiana.

 

In 1993 Ken completed his college degree in the College of Business where he now serves on the Board.

 

Ken Meyers Ranking in USL Career History:

-         4th Games Played – 209

-         2nd Runs Scored – 143

-         5th RBI’s – 157

-         1st Sacrifice Flies – 21

-         1st Base on Balls – 153

-         1st Games Played in NCAA Regional – 9

-         1st Career Grand Slams – 5

 

In 1999 only 7 years removed from baseball, Meyers received a phone call that nearly knocked him to the ground.  When he answered it, on the other end of the line was Jack Denam, Chairman of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Hall of Fame, informing Ken that he was being inducted in the U.L. Lafayette Ragin Cajun Athletic Hall of Fame.  Meyers, the youngest former Ragin Cajun ever to be inducted, joins only 4 other baseball players to be inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame.

 

Ken has been very active serving his community with various involvements which include:  Organizer/Instructor of youth baseball clinics, Abbeville Umpire Association – 5 years, Abbeville Referee Association – 3 years, coached American Legion 1992-1993, coached 13 yr. old Babe Ruth All-Stars 1989, 1993 Graduate Assistant USL Ragin Cajun Baseball Team, current Board Member LeTroimphe Country Club and current Board Member of U.L. Lafayette College of Business.

 

In May 1995, Ken married the former Amy LeBouef of Abbeville.  The Meyers are the proud parents of one daughter Caroline.  Ken has been in the securities industry for 6 years and is employed with Prudential Securities.

 

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