Joe Aillet

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Joe Aillet
Joe Aillet.jpg
Sport(s) Football, basketball, golf
Biographical details
Born (1904-09-13)September 13, 1904
New York City, USA
Died December 28, 1971(1971-12-28) (aged 67)
Ruston, Lincoln Parish
Louisiana
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1926
1927–1935
1936–1939
1940–1966

Basketball
1926–1927
1944–1945

Golf

Southwestern LA (Student Asst.)
Haynesville HS
Northwestern State (OB)
Louisiana Tech


Southwestern LA (Student Asst.)
Louisiana Tech


Louisiana Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 151–86–8 (football)
5–12 (basketball)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors

Awards
4-time Gulf States Conference Coach of the Year
4-time President of the Gulf States Conference
Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame (1984)
Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

[1]
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1989 (profile)

Joe Aillet (September 13, 1904–December 28, 1971)[2] was the head football coach at Louisiana Tech University from 1940 to 1966. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989. During his 26-year tenure, he amassed a career record of 151 wins, 86 losses, and 8 ties. Additionally, under Aillet, the Bulldogs won nine conference championships. Joe Aillet Stadium, the home of the Louisiana Tech football team, was dedicated in Aillet's honor in 1972.

Early Life & Education[edit]

Childhood[edit]

Joe Aillet was born Joseph Fuourka and was brought from New York City in 1905 on an Orphan Train to Opelousas in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Upon arriving at Youngsville on the orphan train, Father Johanni Roguet, the priest at St. Ann's Catholic Church, claimed the child. Since the priest could not legally adopt a child, he handed over the responsibilities of raising the baby to a widow named Eliza Aillet. From these two individuals, Joseph Fuourka was renamed Joseph Roguet Aillet.[3]

Education[edit]

Aillet attended Holy Cross College in New Orleans, LA where he served as vice-president of the Class of 1921 and held leadership positions in nearly every school society. After graduating from Holy Cross College in 1921, Aillet attended Roman Catholic-affiliated St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. While at St. Edward's, Aillet participated in all sports under coach Jack Meagher. He joined the coaching staff at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana-Lafayette) while he completed his work on a bachelor's degree. Upon earning his bachelor's in 1927, Aillet worked at Haynesville High School for nine years while he worked on his master's degree from LSU.

College coaching[edit]

In addition to his success as a college football coach, Aillet obtained great success as the coach for the Louisiana Tech golf team. From 1952 to 1968, Louisiana Tech's golf team won the Gulf States Conference Title 10 times in 15 seasons under Coach Aillet.[4]

Aillet is a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and College Football Hall of Fame.

His football years at Louisiana Tech corresponded with Coach Berry Hinton's successful baseball teams.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference) (1940–1947)
1940 Louisiana Tech 6–4
1941 Louisiana Tech 5–4–1 1st
1942 Louisiana Tech 6–3
1943 Louisiana Tech Football Discontinued due to World War II
1944 Louisiana Tech 3–5–1
1945 Louisiana Tech 6–4 1st
1946 Louisiana Tech 7–3
1947 Louisiana Tech 5–4 1st
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Gulf States Conference) (1948–1966)
1948 Louisiana Tech 7–2–1
1949 Louisiana Tech 7–2 1st Conference Champions
1950 Louisiana Tech 5–4–1
1951 Louisiana Tech 4–5
1952 Louisiana Tech 6–1–2 T-–1st Conference Tri-Champions
1953 Louisiana Tech 6–3 T–1st Conference Tri-Champions
1954 Louisiana Tech 6–3
1955 Louisiana Tech 9–1 1st Conference Champions
1956 Louisiana Tech 4–3–2
1957 Louisiana Tech 6–4 T–1st Conference Tri-Champions
1958 Louisiana Tech 7–3 T–1st Conference Co-Champions
1959 Louisiana Tech 9–1 1st Conference Champions
1960 Louisiana Tech 8–2 T–1st Conference Co-Champions
1961 Louisiana Tech 5–4
1962 Louisiana Tech 4–4
1963 Louisiana Tech 6–3
1964 Louisiana Tech 9–1 1st Conference Champions
1965 Louisiana Tech 4–4
1966 Louisiana Tech 1–9
Louisiana Tech: 151–86–8
Total: 151–86–8
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

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