A.H.S. Hall of Fame
Athletic Hall of Fame
Duane R. Dartez
2010 Hall of Fame Inductee
Duane R. Dartez, a 1983 graduate of Abbeville High School, was born July 2, 1965, to parents, Daniel and Faye. He is the second of four children, all graduates of AHS; Damian (‘81), Deidre (’85), and Darrin (’88). Duane has been married for 22 years to the former Elizabeth Guidry of Abbeville. They are the parents of three children, Alexander, age 18, Anna, age 13 and Mattie, age 10.
Duane began playing sports at age seven, starting first with baseball. He played in and around Abbeville through Abbeville Little League, Babe Ruth, Senior Babe Ruth and American Legion, and was selected for all-star teams in every age division. Duane credits J.Y. Mula and Don Toups, who coached him during his Little League Baseball years, for being instrumental in teaching the fundamentals of the game.
Duane was a member of the 1980 15-year-old Abbeville All-star Babe Ruth team, led by Coach Tommy Picard, which won the State Championship for the first time in 18 years. Two years later, Carrol Duhon coached Duane as a member of the 1982 Senior Babe Ruth State Championship team.
As an elementary student at Mt. Carmel Elementary, Duane participated in football and basketball, as well as Biddy Basketball and he was a member of the all-star teams.
Duane excelled both academically and athletically at Abbeville High School where he entered in 1979. He lettered two years in football, three years in baseball, and three years in basketball.
In his junior year, he was voted Outstanding Offensive Back in football, won the Coach’s Award in both basketball and baseball, and was voted Outstanding Male Athlete in both junior and senior years.
In his senior year, Coach David Aymond began his first year as head football coach at AHS. Duane was voted AHS Offensive Most Valuable Player and his teammate, Darrell Gaspard, claimed the defensive title in football. Duane was the All-District 4AAA First Team quarterback. He accounted for 860 yards of offense, 13 touchdowns, with 3 interceptions.
In basketball, he averaged 11 points and 5 assists per game. He was named AHS Team Most Valuable Player, All-Vermilion Parish First Team, and All-District 4AAA Second Team. Basketball coach, Jerry Lane, had an important roll in Duane’s development as a basketball player.
In baseball, Duane finished with a .431 batting average, 8 doubles, 13 stolen bases, and two strikeouts. He was voted AHS Most Valuable Player and was a 4-AAA First Team All-District and First Team All- Vermilion Parish selection. Coach Paul Trosclair led the Wildcats to a 21-3 season. Part of the team’s success was that teammates John Fleming, Darrell Theall, Mark Mula, Troy Theall, and Todd Simon had been playing together since youth baseball.
As an active participant in school activities as well as sports, Duane was a Beta Club member and was a member of the Academic Banquet all four years of high school. Duane was a recipient of the US Army National Scholar/Athlete Award. He was a class representative for two years and twice won the award for Highest GPA Among Athletes. His senior class elected him as “Most Athletic.”
After graduation from Abbeville High School, Duane received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He has been employed at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center for the past 18 years. Duane served as a member of the Vermilion Youth Board while volunteer coaching in baseball, basketball, and soccer in Abbeville recreation leagues. He continues to be active in the youth sports community, having coached 7th and 8th grade basketball at Mt. Carmel for 13 years and is presently coaching tennis at the elementary and high school level.
Two of Duane’s high school coaches, David Aymond and Paul Trosclair, were not only influential in the success of his senior year, but they also instilled valuable lifelong lessons. Duane would like to instill those same lessons and “love-of–the-game” that he was taught here in Abbeville.
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