The Louisiana High School Athletic Association and the Louisiana High School Coaches Association will be inducting a couple of new members into its Hall of Fame, two of which have ties to the Acadiana area.
Former Iota Lady Bulldogs basketball coach Danny Miller and longtime head football coach Larry Dauterive will be among the newest members of the Hall of Fame after enjoying successful careers as coaches in their respective sports.
This year’s class also includes longtime Welsh High coach Dutton Wall, as well as Woodlawn High of Shreveport’s A.L. Williams, Vidalia High’s Dalton “Dee” Faircloth, Buckeye’s C.G. ‘Corky’ Yates, St. Amant softball player Leah Michelle Heintze and Sarepta High’s James R. Boyett.
The four football coaches – Dauterive, Wall, Woodlawn’s Williams and Faircloth – coached a total of 1,250 football games and had a 167 years of combined head coaching experience.
“Honestly, this is definitely the highest honor that I’ve ever received,” Miller said. “I felt very fortunate just to be nominated, nevertheless to be actually selected. It’s a great honor and it is something that I had no idea would ever be possible.”
The Hall of Fame banquet was originally scheduled to be held on Wednesday, but as a result of the hazardous road conditions it was rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.
“This is a great honor,” Dauterive said. “For me, it validates the 44 years I spent building programs from the ground up. I’m really looking forward to it, because after (Thursday) there will only be 267 members of the Hall of Fame. There are some iconic people in this Hall of Fame and I’m truly honored to have my peers place me in this great fraternity.”
Miller enjoyed a great amount of success as a girls basketball coach, winning 854 games and three state championships in a 31-year high school coaching career that was spent with Iota, Jennings, Elton and Grand Lake. He the winningest ‘5-on-5’ girls basketball coach in the state’s history.
“I’m very fortunate to have had the kids that I was able to coach throughout those years,” Miller said. “This is a big honor for me to be selected and put in the hall of fame with such an elite group of people. There are a lot of good coaches out there who were better than me who haven’t gotten this opportunity, so I know that I’m very fortunate.”
Miller admits while he’s going into the hall of fame alone, he is adamant that had it not been for his family, players, parents and administrators the recognition would have never been possible.
“My family definitely played a big part in my success,” Miller said. “They gave up a lot in order for me to pursue my dream. My wife and kids are the ones who were willing to sacrifice for me to have my dream has a teacher and as a coach. They encouraged me to pursue my dreams.”
Dauterive, who coached for 44 years between middle school, high school and college levels, ended his career with 228 wins and 85 losses. His tenure as a coach produced 106 football players who received athletic scholarships to play on the collegiate level.
“I was able to take eight programs that were down and bring them back to a respectable level,” Dauterive said. “I guess you can call me a builder. I walked the sidelines for 44 years and during that time I feel like I have helped a lot of people. Coaching is a great profession and I’m glad I was able to be part of it. It was a nice run and I’m honored to be chosen for the hall of fame.”
Dauterive, who coached at Fatima, Lafayette High and Opelousas just to name a few, also coached former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie in the Canadian Football League.
“I never dreamed of one day getting this honor,” Dauterive said. “I’m thankful that my parents who are 93 and 91 years old will be present to see me get this honor. That makes it all the more special.”
There are a lot of people Dauterive credits for his success, but he is truly grateful for the opportunities provided to him by Faize Mahfouz and Phillip Stoma.
“Faize Mahfouz gave me my first job in 1965 and I’ll tell you he was the greatest guy ever to blow a whistle,” Dauterive said. “Also, Phillip Stoma gave me an opportunity to coach with him at Fatima and when he left that paved the way for me to have my first head coaching job. Those two guys were great and I’m thankful for them.”