A.H.S. Hall of Fame
2004 AHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
BILLY P. DUGAS
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
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
Billy enjoys travel especially internationally, playing golf, spectator sports, fishing and spending time with his family.
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