LSU’s head football coach Ed Orgeron entertained members of the South Central Industrial Association Tuesday night at its 21st annual banquet.
Hundreds of people from area companies attended the event at The Cypress Columns in Gray where the Larose native recalled the many adversities he has faced on his way to his current position.
Before his days of leading multimillion dollar programs into extravagant venues, Orgeron played in a state championship game for South Lafourche High School.
“About 6 in the morning on the day of the state championship, I smelled fried shrimp,” said Orgeron. “I thought, 'man, I got to be dreaming.' So I went back to sleep. Next thing I hear was kicking on my door and a 'get up boy!' My momma opened up the door and she had my helmet on, pompoms in one hand and a shrimp boil in the other. She came in saying we got to win tonight. Boy! I was thinking we better win.”
Orgeron then went on to speak about the tied game that his team overcame to win and how that would set the stage for his coaching and leadership career. Before landing his position as LSU’s head coach, he garnered experience at Miami, Syracuse, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Nicholls and USC, to name a few.
He began his coaching career by volunteering, while living in his team’s visitors' dressing room. He said he has never looked back since. After his stint as a volunteer coach, Orgeron made the leap to a paid job at Arkansas, which paid him $25 every two weeks, a number that has since grown.
“Some of you are starting your careers and some of you are very successful,” said Orgeron. “I want to congratulate everyone in here on the success in their careers.”
Orgeron’s speech was proceeded by Joni Tuck of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission being awarded the Tillman Esteve Outstanding Member Award for her enduring service in several areas.
Dwayne Bourgeois, executive director of the North Lafourche Levee District; Reggie Dupre, executive director of the Terrebonne Levee District; and Windell Curole, general manager of the South Lafourche Levee District, received the President's Award.
The SCIA officers for 2018-2019 are President Paul Danos, Executive Vice President Chett Chiasson, Vice President Jared Toups, Treasurer Charles Theriot and Secretary Stuart Faucheux.
The directors for 2018-2019 are Lori Leblanc of Lori LeBlanc LLC, Mitch Marmande of Delta Coast Consultants, Robbie Naquin of Capital One Bank, Wynn Radford of BP and Cory Kief of Crosby Tugs.