The University of Louisiana at Lafayette community is in mourning today after the death of head softball coach Tony Robichaux Wednesday morning.
He was 57.
Robichaux is the university's most winning baseball coach, taking the helm of the Ragin' Cajun squad in 1995. Over the last 24 years, he has led the team to 1,177 wins, including a trip to the College World Series in 2000, 12 NCAA regionals, 18 winning seasons and four NCAA super-regionals.
He played for the Ragin' Cajuns from 1982 to 1984. He was the head baseball coach at McNeese State for seven years prior to taking the helm in Lafayette.
University President T. Joseph Savoie released the following statement Wednesday morning:
"It is difficult to imagine this University, or this community, without coach Tony Robichaux.
"For players and fans alike, he was Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Baseball, a transformative, iconic figure who strengthened and nurtured the program for a quarter century.
"Coach Robichaux recorded more than 900 victories during his tenure here, but his life and influence cannot, and should not, be measured in wins and losses alone.
"Rather, his legacy rests in the lessons he taught student-athletes about their lives beyond the diamond. He urged them to be magnanimous in victory, reflective in defeat, and to exemplify integrity and determination in all they did.
"Because he lived these principles, he was more than a coach. He was a lodestar, a light that guides travelers toward a destination. That’s how Tony Robichaux will be remembered by everyone who admired him and by the University he represented so well.
"Gail and I join the University community in extending our condolences and prayers to Colleen, Ashley, Justin, Austin and the entire Robichaux family," Savoie concluded.