A.H.S. Hall of Fame

 

Dexter Jermaine Trahan
(AHS 1986-1990)

2013 Hall of Fame Inductee

        Dexter Jermaine Trahan, a 1990 graduate of Abbeville High School was born in Abbeville, LA on June 2, 1972.  The sixth child of Lawrence and Lorraine Trahan, Jermaine has three brothers (Lawrence, Jr. Russell and Kurt) and two sisters (Michelle and Sharon).  He is married to the former Angela Arceneaux of Lafayette, Louisiana. They are the proud parents of Hailey, Lauren, Linsey and Devin Trahan.

       Jermaine’s athletic career began as a youth by participating in various organized sports such as tee ball, football, and basketball in Abbeville.   At the age of seven he began playing tee ball and continued playing through the Babe Ruth League where he played short stop and earned All Stars each year. His participation in the Abbeville Youth Sports League led to his participation in the American Legion League sparking his passion for baseball.  Jermaine continued his interest in athletics by participating in the Abbeville Football League for four years where he excelled as a receiver and defensive back.  During this same time frame, Jermaine’s athletic ability secured him a spot on the Biddy Basketball team for four years. It was through this athletic arena that Jermaine participated in Biddy World Tournaments.  In 1984 his Biddy Basketball World Team traveled to Philadelphia, PA.  It was during this world tournament that Jermaine averaged 20 points in four games and was named to the Biddy Basketball World- All American Team.  Jermaine continued participating in the Abbeville Youth Sports League through high school where he was a member of the 1988 Senior Babe Ruth State Championship team.  His zeal for sports continued while attending J.H. Williams Middle School.  It was during his junior high career that he was defensive back and receiver for his junior high football team, a guard in basketball and ran track.  It was during Jermaine’s eighth grade year that the J.H. Williams football, basketball and track teams were undefeated in all three sports.

      Upon entering high school in 1986 Jermaine earned a four year letterman in three sports (football, basketball and baseball).  He had the privilege of playing for eight head coaches in three different sports:  football; Mike Collins, Glenn LaFleur and Nick Saltaformaggio, basketball; Ivy Landry, and Gary Mitchell and baseball Dave Davis, Don Ritter and Tommy Spillman.  Jermaine’s first award came his sophomore year where he earned All District 5AAA and All Parish in baseball in 1988.  His junior year in high school Jermaine was selected to the baseball 5AAA All District Team, All Parish Team and All State first teams as a second baseman with a .500 batting average.  He continued to excel in all three sports his senior year and was captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams.  He was All District 7AAA first team honors and All Parish First Team Offense and Defense.  Basketball season came with more accomplishments as Jermaine helped lead the Wildcats to the state playoffs after a 12 year absence going 21-10.  Jermaine was selected for the basketball 7AAA All District First Team with a 13.0 scoring average and the All Parish Team. 

      Baseball season proved to be his best sport.  The baseball team won the District 7AAA Championship and Jermaine helped with his 6-1 record, a 1.50 ERA, 59 strike outs in 39 innings, and he batted .333.  For this effort, Jermaine was voted 7AAA Most Valuable Player, All Parish Most Valuable Player and All State.  Jermaine was then chosen to participate in the LHSCA All Star Game in 1990 and was voted Most Athletic by the senior class.

       After graduation Jermaine accepted a baseball/ football scholarship with Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, but decided to play baseball for four years which led to the winning of three Southland Conference Championships under Coach Jim Wells.  It was during Jermaine’s freshmen year that he set a freshman record going 7-1 for best winning percentage for a freshmen pitcher. Jermaine received a bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Finance in 1994.  He is currently a sales manager for Extreme Energy Services, an oil and gas company.

       In response to being chosen for the 2013 Abbeville High Hall of Fame Jermaine says, “I am appreciative of those people who have played an integral part in my life.  I am grateful for the teachers who prepared me academically, coaches who taught me work ethics and sportsmanship, teammates who I will always share great memories, and my parents who encouraged me and made me the man I am today.”

 

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