Athletics Hall of Fame gains four new inductees
The Louisiana-Lafayette Athletics Hall of Fame got a little bit bigger on Saturday as four new members were inducted.
Former softball player Melissa Coronado Abner, tennis player John Breaux, baseball player B.J. Ryan and former basketball coach Beryl Shipley were the alumni inducted during halftime of the UL Lafayette game against the Idaho Vandals.
Abner was a member of the softball team from 1999-2002. He earned first-team all-conference and pitcher of the year honors twice.
Ryan was a member of the baseball team in 1997 and 1998 before being drafted in the 17th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft. Ryan played for three different teams in his 11-year MLB career and earned all-star honors in two seasons.
John Breaux was a member of the tennis team from 1961-1964. In 1962, he won a conference championship in both doubles and singles matches. Breaux was a U.S. Representative from 1972-1987 and a senator from 1987-2005.
The late Coach Beryl Shipley guided the basketball team to success from 1957-1973, compiling an overall record of 293-126. He was coach of the year five times during his tenure. Most importantly, according to RaginCajuns.com, Coach Shipley was the first coach at a predominately white state college in the Deep South to give scholarships to black student athletes.
There are 118 members of the Ragin’ Cajun Hall of Fame.