Yvette Girouard Remembers Coach Tony Robichaux
The Louisiana sports world continues to mourn the passing of Ragin' Cajuns Baseball Coach Tony Robichaux, who passed away Wednesday at age 57 following multiple surgeries in the wake of a heart attack on June 23rd. Former Ragin’ Cajuns and LSU Softball Coach Yvette Girouard says Cajuns Baseball without Coach Robe is unfathomable.
“He and I first met when he was on his interview to take the job. He was the head baseball coach at McNeese and he and I spent five hours together that night and he wanted to pick my brain as to why he should make that move,” said Girouard.
Robichaux won over 900 games in his 25 seasons at the helm of the program and was the winningest coach in the history of the Cajuns baseball, even taking the team to the College World Series in 2000. Girouard remembers the coach as a man of God.
“He professed his faith, he was not ashamed of it, he was proud of it, and said he would have to answer to God for his care of his athletes. I think God very much approved when he met him,” said Girouard.
The Ragin’ Cajuns softball field is named in honor of Girouard. She says upon hearing of the coach’s passing, she remembered Robichaux was one of the first to congratulate her on the accolade.
“The first thing that popped in my mind was ‘Well, I’m sorry I didn’t get to congratulate you, but I’m pretty sure that field is going to be named Tony Robichaux Field,'” said Girouard.