A.H.S. Hall of Fame

Latasha Renee Dorsey & Jared John Mula

Latasha Renee Dorsey

(AHS 1991 - 1995)

Latasha Renee Dorsey was born on August 14, 1977 in Abbeville, LA.  The daughter of Janie Beale of Abbeville, LA and Clement Dorsey Sr. of Houston, Texas, Latasha has one brother, Clement Dorsey III. 

Latasha’s determination to be successful began in the early stages of her life as she began walking when she was eight months old.  From then on, she would seek to accomplish the unthinkable.  Latasha’s first encounter with sports came when she was 5 years old, when she began playing T-ball.  She was the only girl to make the all-star team every year.  She eventually tried to move up with the boys but the association would not allow her to participate in the baseball league.  She then began playing softball, where she competed in several national tournaments on All-Star teams around the country.  As she approached high school, she met Laura Lebeouf, the head girl’s basketball coach at Abbeville High school.  She became one of the most influential people in Latasha’s life.   She saw something in her and believed in her even before Latasha saw it in herself.  Coach Lebeouf’s confidence in Latasha encouraged her young athlete to work hard and pursue Latasha’s dreams.   Coach Lebeouf taught her nothing comes easily and you must work hard for what you want.

From that point on, she wanted to be the best.   As a result of Latasha’s commitment, she saw significant improvement every year in each sport she participated in.    At the end of her high school career, she had many honors to show for it.  Some of those honors include All-State, MVP of the Parish and District, All-Acadiana, LHSAA All-Star participant and leading Latasha’s team to two District Championships and a trip to Sweet Sixteen in basketball.   She was also very successful in other sports earning All-State honors in Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field and All-District in Softball. 

It was Latasha’s dream to play college basketball or softball from a very young age and that dream became a reality, when she signed a Division I scholarship to play basketball at Louisiana State University.  Not only was this a great opportunity for her but also for Latasha’s entire family, as she was the first person in Latasha’s family to attend college.  Latasha’s mom would always tell her children to strive to create a better life for themselves.  She wanted them to have an easier life than what she experienced.  Latasha remembers her mother working double shifts at a minimum wage job just to provide the necessities for her children. 

Determine to have a better life, Latasha finished college in four years earning a bachelor’s degree in education and completing a successful athletic career.  She was the starting point guard for the LSU Lady Tigers for fours years, where she led her team to two NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances. During Latasha’s career, she joined the ranks of several all-time school records including 3rd in steals, 5th in assists, and the 1,000 pt. club.  She also earned All-SEC, SEC player of the week, and Defensive All-American honors.   Following Latasha’s collegiate career, she was selected out of the college pool to the WNBA Detroit Shock team, but was plagued by knee injuries during the training camp that ended Latasha’s playing career.

She immediately began her coaching career at Louisiana State University Laboratory School where she led them to a state playoff appearance.  She also coached at Istrouma High School in Baton Rouge for two years.  During the summers, she coached for Louisiana Legends AAU organization where she coached several Division I players, including WNBA Rookie of the year, Seimone Augustus, currently playing for Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA.  She is currently coaching at St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette, LA. Her last four years have been very successful, as she guided the Lady Cougars to three District Championships and three trips to the Quarterfinals of the state playoffs.   She has been named the 5-4A District Coach of the year twice and All-Parish Coach of the year in 2005. 

Latasha says “I am humbled and thankful for my induction into the Abbeville Hall of Fame.  This great accomplishment encourages me to continue my journey for success.”  Her dedication and drive is sure to benefit all the young individuals she may come in contact with and she is certain to have a positive influence on them.

 

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JARED JOHN MULA
(AHS 1984 - 1988)

 

Jared John Mula, the third child of J. Y. and Elaine Mula, was born in Abbeville, Louisiana, on June 16, 1969.  Jared has an older brother and sister, Mark and Stacie, and a younger brother and sister, Mitchell and Jennifer. 

As a young boy growing up in Abbeville, Jared was always interested in sports.  In his early years he participated in Minor League Baseball and Biddy Basketball.   As a Little League baseball player, Jared was a member of Abbeville’s first Little League State Championship All-Star Team, which was coached by Lynwood Meyers, Donnie Pere, Franz Bazer, and Kevin Meyers.  This team advanced to the regional tournament in St. Petersburg, Florida.

In Babe Ruth baseball, Jared was selected to All-Star teams that represented Abbeville in numerous statewide tournaments.  Subsequently, Jared played in the outfield for Coach Lynwood Meyers on Abbeville’s American Legion All-Star Team.  Among his teammates were present Abbeville High School Hall of Fame members Kevin and Ken Meyers and Donovan Campbell.

When attending J. H. Williams Middle School, Jared had participated in football and basketball, his coaches being Larry Winters and Ivy Landry.  At Abbeville High School Jared was a four-year football letterman under head coaches Mike Conlin, Lawrence Moaton, and Glenn Lafleur and won the Most Valuable Player Award while playing both offense and defense in 1986.

In baseball Jared was a four-year letterman under coaches Errol Trahan, Jody Ortego, Dave Davis, and Don Ritter, and he earned First Team All District honors in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons.  In his senior year, he won numerous awards, including First Team All State.  During this year, Jared had a .469 batting average, with four home runs, nine doubles, twenty-four runs batted in, fifteen stolen bases and a .703 slugging percentage.  He also won the Outstanding Player Award at the Gold Star Grand Slam Tournament in Lafayette, was named to the LHSAA All Stars, and played for the West Team in the annual All-Star Game.

In addition to his athletic achievements, Jared was chosen Class Favorite all four years, and in his senior year he was chosen Student Body Favorite.

During his senior year, Jared signed a baseball scholarship with Louisiana State University and was a three-year letterman while playing for legendary coach Skip Bertman.  In 1991 Jared was a member of L. S. U.’s first national championship team, which won the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. After the World Series, the   L. S. U. players and coaches were honored by President George H. Bush at a special ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.  Also in attendance were Major League Hall of Fame members Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams.   Following the ’91 season, Jared was awarded the Chancellor’s Cup for academic achievement at L. S. U. and was selected to the Southeastern Conference Academic Team. 

After graduating from Louisiana State in 1993, Jared accepted a sales position with Forest Pharmaceuticals and in 2000 a promotion with this firm lead to his move to Atlanta, Georgia.  Because of his outstanding sales records, Jared was awarded trips to Italy, Switzerland, and Greenland.

In 2002, Jared partnered with three friends and started a real estate investment group.  Then in 2005, after being employed by Forest for a decade, Jared determined that a career change was in order so that he could fully pursue this new passion.

Presently, Jared spends most of his time in Destin, Florida, and is part of a very successful real estate development team handling the marketing, leasing and land acquisition for the team’s commercial and residential properties.  Jared and his business partner Ken Wright, a decorated Coast Guard officer now retired, established Platinum Real Estate Associates within Remax Southern Realty to market and sell over 2000 residential lots, 2000 residential homes, over three  million square feet of office and retail space, and to continue to seek and negotiate new land  opportunities for commercial and residential developments for the development team across  the southeastern United States.

Jared has many fond memories of Abbeville and of his teachers, coaches, and teammates and is thankful for their friendship and encouragement.  Most of all, he gives special thanks to his parents and brothers and sisters for their love and support.

 

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