A.H.S. Hall of Fame

 

2002 AHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

 

Michael Brian Duhon & Donovan Carl Campbell

 Michael Brian Duhon
(AHS 1975-1979)

 

  

Michael Brian Duhon, was born August 18, 1960 in Abbeville as the only son of Amson and Laura Mae Duhon.  Michael’s three sisters are Janice Meaux, Liz Duhon and Cindy LeBlanc.  All four of the Duhon children are Abbeville Senior High School graduates.

Mike, as he is known, became interested in sports at an early age when he began participating in Little League Baseball, Biddy Basketball, and Pee Wee Football.

In Little League Baseball Mike was coached by Doyce Broussard and Carroll Duhon.  For Biddy Basketball Mike’s coach was Floyd Noel.  Mike also played Pee Wee Football under coaches Jim Hebert and Newton Gaspard and was chosen to represent Abbeville on the Pee Wee All-Star Team.

Mike went on to play Babe Ruth Baseball under coach Gayle Frederick and the late Mr. Otis Stelly.  Mike was chosen to participate on the 13 year-old All-Star Team coached by Tommy Picard.  He played the positions of 1st baseman and right fielder.

During the 7th and 8th grade at Abbeville Junior High School, Mike played football under the direction of Hall of Famer Coach Tommy Broussard.  Mike was an offensive and defensive lineman.

Mike’s athletic career at Abbeville Senior High School began during his freshman year.  Mike played freshman football under Coach Erroll Trahan.  Mike also participated in track and field where the discus and the shot put were his specialty.

Mike went on to play varsity football as an offensive and defensive lineman under Head Coach Mike Conlin.  In 1976, during Mike’s sophomore year, he lettered in football and the Wildcats went on to win the District Championship.  The 1976 team made it to the Quarterfinals of the State Championship Playoffs.  Other members of that 1976 team are Hall of Famers Barry Herbert, Tony Frederick and Guy Thibodeaux. 

Mike made First Team All-Parish and First Team All-District as a defensive tackle in 1977, his junior year.  Mike also made Second Team All-District as an offensive tackle. The 1977 Wildcats won the District Championship and played in the first round of the State Championship Playoffs.
            In 1978, Mike’s senior year, he was chosen as a Co-Captain of the football team along with Abbeville High School standout Troy Briggs.  Mike’s versatility as a football player became apparent when he was named First Team All-Parish as an offensive guard and First Team All-Parish as a defensive tackle.  Mike was voted the 1978 “Offensive Player of the Year” in Vermilion Parish.  The football awards continued to accumulate for Mike during his senior year.  Mike was chosen First Team All-Acadiana as an offensive guard, First Team All-District as an offensive guard, and Second Team All-District as a defensive tackle.  Mike was voted “Most Valuable Offensive Player” in the district, an honor usually reserved for quarterbacks or running backs.  The Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association unanimously selected Mike to First Team All-State honors at the offensive guard position.  During Mike’s senior year his team was Co-Champions of the District and went on to the first round of the State Championship Playoffs.

Mike contributes much of his football success to the great coaching he received from the likes of Mike Conlin, Donald Toups, Errol Trahan and Chester Gosnell.  Mike’s success would not have been possible without the help of fellow teammates such as Chris Desormeaux, Barry Simon, Timmy Lachaussee, Greg Harrington, Ricky Lege and Steve Gaspard.

Mike has been self-employed in the Food Distribution Industry for the past 15 years.  He has two children, Bryson, 15 years old and Lauren, 7 years old.  Mike is married to the former Debbie Detraz.  Mike and his family currently reside in Erath.

 

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Donovan Carl Campbell

(AHS 1981 - 1985)

 

On October 21, 1967, Carlton Campbell and Lorena Poullard became the proud parents of their only child, Donovan Campbell.  Carlton and Lorena became remarried which allowed their blessing to be shared with their new spouses.  Carlton remarried Belinda Grogan who was instrumental in the rearing of Donovan.  Lorena remarried Rayford Wilkins Jr., who also was a vital part of Donovan’s upbringing.

Donovan’s athletic career began early in his youth.  Starting with baseball at the young age of 7, he began with minor league baseball through the Abbeville Youth Sports league.  Here he received valuable guidance under the supervision of Coach Lynwood Meyers.  Donovan also participated in the Abbeville Youth Football league where he excelled at running back and linebacker.  During his three-year stay, he was named Most Valuable Player two years in a row for being the leading rusher and scoring the most touchdowns.  Don Chauvin coached him through his numerous accomplishments in his youth football career.

During the same time frame, Donovan shined in the Biddy Basketball arena, where he led his team to the Biddy Basketball world championships in San Juan Puerto Rico.  Donovan was named to the Biddy Basketball World All-American Team.

After returning from Puerto Rico, Donovan continued his basketball adventures as he played in the AAU National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana where Donovan competed with and against some of the top players in the country.  Through the age of 18 playing in various baseball leagues, such as Babe Ruth, Little League and American Legion, Donovan would go on to make the All Star teams in each league, each year.

Upon entering high school at the age of 15, Donovan participated and lettered in baseball, basketball and football.  Donovan played both offense and defense in his high school football career where he achieved all parish and all district honors in 1982 and 1983.  In 1983 Donovan was selected as an honorable mention defensive back on the all state team.  Without the guidance and leadership of Coaches David Ammond, Paul Trosclair, Lawrence Moton and a host of other coaches and teammates, none of this would have been possible.  Through tenacity and teamwork, they accomplished one of the best football records in a long time at Abbeville High School in 1983.  Before long, “Earn the right to win” became more than just a statement posted on the work out room wall, it became the mentality Donovan would adopt on and off the field.  Donovan’s baseball accomplishments would not go unnoticed; each year his team maintained a winning record.  Donovan was voted to the 4-AAA all parish and all district teams in 1984 and 1985.  In 1985 Donovan’s .440 batting average and exceptional fielding earned him 1st team all state honors as an outfielder.  He owes many thanks to the people of Abbeville and particularly each coach that recognized this raw talent and gave him the opportunity to excel.  Donovan extends a special thanks to Tommy Picard, Lynwood Meyers, Coach Herbert and Carlton Campbell, who shaped him into the man he is today. 

In his senior year at Abbeville High School, he began getting recruited by colleges such as University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LSU, Grambling University, Southern University, Texas Southern, Nicholls State, Northeast University and Louisiana Tech in both football and baseball.  In 1985, Donovan received and accepted a full scholarship to Texas Southern University where he made an immediate impact.

Donovan arrived at TSU in the summer of 1985.  The first year had its challenges moving from Abbeville, Louisiana to Houston, Texas.  Donovan had to prove himself in the eyes of his teammates and coaches.  He stepped up to the plate his first year and batted (.331 avg-11 HR- 42 RBI’s) and helped to lead his team to the Southwestern Athletic Conference playoffs.  TSU made it to the championship game, but was denied victory.  That year set the stage for Donovan’s college career.  He was named to the 1st team All Southwestern Athletic Conference.  In 1987, Donovan continued his hit parade as he led TSU in hitting with a (.393 avg-19 HR-53RBI’s) and was 1st team All Conference again.  In 1988 Donovan continued to abuse SWAC pitching by hitting (.360 avg-17 HR- 52RBI’s) and this would prove that he was ready to move to the next level of play, which would be professional baseball.

In the summer of 1988, Donovan decided to leave Texas Southern University after being selected by the Atlanta Braves in the amateur draft.  Donovan was signed by the legendary Ralph Garr, left Houston and headed to Idaho Falls, Idaho where he played in the Pioneer League.  In his first year he justified his presence by hitting .343 avg.- 9 Home Runs- 40 Runs Batted In- 47 Stolen Bases.  Donovan was voted to the Pioneer League All Star team.  There he competed with current Major League baseball players such as Jose Offerman, Eric Karros, Royce Clayton and a host of others.  Donovan continued to move throughout the minor league system playing in cities such as Burlington Iowa, Durham North Carolina, West Palm Beach Florida, Greenville South Carolina, and Bradenton Florida.  Donovan played in the Atlanta Braves farm club system for 5 years.  Not many can say that they were coached by the likes of Hank Aaron, Willie Stargell, Frank Howard, Grady Little, Ned Yost and a long list of active Major League Baseball managers and coaches. 

Donovan went back to school after his professional baseball career and graduated from Dallas Baptist University.  Donovan has been serving the Houston community participating in various roles with Jr. Achievement, Community Network Organization, and United Way and is an active member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, which he has been a member since 1988.
            In July 1997, Donovan married the love of his life, Andrea Odom of Missouri City, Texas.  The Campbell’s are proud parents of one son, Dylan Christopher.  Donovan has been in the Telecommunications Industry for 7 years and is employed by SBC/Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. 

 

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