Once an engineering major, this acclaimed sports writer now constructs solid stories.
Title: Sr. Associate Athletics Director/Sports Information Director, McNeese State University
Current residence: Lake Charles
Degree: Journalism, 1963
How I got to Tech: There were about five or six of us from Pineville High School who decided to go to Louisiana Tech; we all wanted to be engineers, [but] I think that of that group, only one made it through as an engineer.
How I chose my career: After I got out of engineering, I went into journalism because it was a field that I had been interested in. Our instructors were Kenneth Hewins and Pete Dosher. Pete was also the school’s sports information director. I learned a lot from Pete about covering sports, and when I graduated I joined the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise as a sports writer; about three years later I was offered the job at McNeese State University and have been here since.
The most exciting or gratifying part of sports writing: The event and then the athletes and the coaches who you work with. I have covered and written about some of the best in the nation. I really enjoy the interviewing, [the] putting together of and the writing of a story.
During my 44 years at McNeese, I’m most proud of: I think just the fact that I have done my job to the best of my ability and have been recognized for it. Also, I am very proud of my sons who have followed in my profession; Michael is the [sports information director] at LSU, and Matthew is assistant SID at Northwestern State. My daughter Anne had all the training to be an SID, but she chose the nursing profession.
Where I see myself in five years: Probably retired but still writing in some aspect.
My best memories of Tech: My years at Tech were some of my best. I really enjoyed the time I was there. I met my wife Willene there; I made friends with a lot of great athletes and coaches; I just enjoyed going to school and taking part in all of the activities that the school provided.
My advice for college freshmen today: My advice to college freshmen is that “you can do it.” Earning a college degree is not that difficult; it just takes commitment.