|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, golf|
September 13, 1904|
New York, New York
|Died||December 28, 1971
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1926||Southwestern LA (SA)|
|1927–1935||Haynesville HS (LA)|
|1936–1939||Northwestern State (OB)|
|1926–1927||Southwestern LA (SA)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||151–86–8 (college football)
|Accomplishments and honors|
|College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1989 (profile)
Joe Aillet (September 13, 1904 – December 28, 1971) was an American football and basketball coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Louisiana Tech University from 1940 to 1966, compiling a record of 151–86–8. Additionally, under Aillet, the Bulldogs won nine conference championships. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Joe Aillet Stadium, the home of the Louisiana Tech football team, was dedicated in Aillet's honor in 1972.
Early life and education
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.
Aillet attended Holy Cross High School in New Orleans, where he served as vice-president of the Class of 1921 and held leadership positions in nearly every school society. After graduating in 1921, he attended Roman Catholic-affiliated St. Edward's University in the capital city of 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 at Lafayette) while he completed his work on a bachelor's degree in 1927. He then worked at Haynesville High School for nine years while he completed his master's degree from Louisiana State University.
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.
Aillet is a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and College Football Hall of Fame.
Head coaching record
- http://www.athleticnetwork.net/site.php?pageID=54&profID=4996 Joe Aillet Information
- "Social Security Death Index". rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
- Joe Aillet Bio from Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame
- http://www.athleticnetwork.net/site.php?pageID=54&profID=4996 Louisiana Tech Golf Team under Coach Aillet