A.H.S. Hall of Fame

 

2004 AHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

 

BILLY P. DUGAS

(AHS 1970-1974)

 

It was New Years Eve of 1954 when Audrey and William Dugas welcomed their son,  Billy Paul Dugas.  While he was the fifth child and “caboose” of the Dugas family, he was determined not to be last at anything particularly when it came to sports.  Moreover, he never wanted to be last when running. Billy is an excellent sport and the ultimate team player yet he was always focused on winning!

            As a youngster, Billy attended Eastside Elementary in Abbeville,  Filey Middle School in Filey, England and Abbeville Junior High School.  Billy is a 1974 graduate of Abbeville High School and has attended numerous schools and successfully completed countless continuing educational courses across the United States and the world.

            It was in 1963 that Billy first participated in team sports.   He was nine years old and started playing “football”.    Yet, it was not American football; it was soccer in Filey, England.   Billy played soccer for three years while in England.  Upon his return to the United States in 1965, Billy did not play any organized sports.  However, he always loved to run.    Billy began to play football and run track in the 7th grade at Abbeville Junior High School under the direction of Coach Tommy Broussard.  In 1969, Billy was in the 8th grade when he set the record in the 440-yard dash with a time of 55.1 seconds.  Today, thirty-four years later, Billy still holds the 440-yard dash record at J.H. Williams Middle School. 

            As a freshman at Abbeville High School, Billy continued to play football and run track.   His freshman year, he played football under Coach George Veazey and made the Varsity Track Team directed by Coach David Wilcox. 

            Entering his sophomore year in 1972, Billy played the positions of running-back, defensive-back and wide receiver lead by Coach “Mike” Conlin.  That year the Wildcats won the District Championships in both football and track.  Billy remembers very well the day that Coach Conlin and Coach Wilcox told him that the next year he would have to run the 440-yard dash and would not be on the 440-yard relay team because Tommy Trahan was returning to A.H.S. However, Billy beat a few seniors for the starting position on the Wildcats Relay Team and the team went on to win numerous races and championships. Billy is proud of being a member of the 880-yard relay team along with Tommy Trahan, Keno Perry and Clay Bergeron.  They broke the 880-yard relay record set in 1964. Additionally, the A.H.S. Junior Varsity Track Team won the District Championship where Billy ran the 100-yard dash and was on all three relay teams. The Wildcat Relay Teams qualified and participated in the State Track competition.

            The Wildcats won the District Championship in football in Billy’s junior year at Abbeville High School.  Billy made the All District Team as defensive back and the 2nd Team as running back.

            Billy’s senior year the Wildcats won 2nd Place in District.   Billy was selected as the All District 2nd Team running back.  Voted  “Most Athletic” at Abbeville High School by his classmates, Billy was also selected as Captain of the A.H.S. Track Team and Co-Captain of the Wildcats Football Team.

Billy contributes his team building, leadership, and management skills to each of his coaches who went the “extra mile” in their training and coaching.   Always a team player, today Billy leads teams internationally in the oilfield.   He has also assisted in coaching his son’s baseball and basketball teams over the years.  

            Bit by the international bug in his teens with a fondness for England, Billy followed in his father’s footsteps and began working in the oilfield.   For the past thirty years, he has worked in the oilfield and travel internationally.  Billy has worked in Tunisa, Malta, Jakarta, Egypt, England and Canada.   Currently, Billy is a drilling supervisor for ExxonMobil International on assignment on the Hibernia Platform in Newfoundland. 
 

            Billy resides in Abbeville with his family.   He is married to Rochelle Michaud Dugas, a 1978 graduate of Abbeville High School, and she serves as Louisiana Governor, Kathleen Blanco's Legislative Director.   Billy and Rochelle are the parents of two children.  Twenty year old Britlyn Jennah Dugas who is a 2002 graduate of Abbeville High School.  Britlyn has attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Southwest Louisiana Community College and is currently employed at Iberia Bank. Sixteen year old Brandt Jordan Dugas is a sophomore at Abbeville High School.  Brandt is on the A.H.S. football and basketball teams and has played baseball, golf and ran track.

            Billy enjoys travel especially internationally, playing golf, spectator sports, fishing and spending time with his family.    

 

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