Joe Aillet

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Joe Aillet
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Sport(s) Football, basketball, golf
Biographical details
Born (1904-09-13)September 13, 1904
New York, New York
Died December 28, 1971(1971-12-28) (aged 67)
Ruston, Louisiana
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1926 Southwestern LA (SA)
1927–1935 Haynesville HS (LA)
1936–1939 Northwestern State (OB)
1940–1966 Louisiana Tech
1926–1927 Southwestern LA (SA)
1944–1945 Louisiana Tech
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1940–1970 Louisiana Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 151–86–8 (college football)
5–12 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors

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
Inducted in 1989 (profile)

Joe Aillet (September 13, 1904 – December 28, 1971)[2] 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[edit]


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]


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.

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 No team—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
1950 Louisiana Tech 5–4–1
1951 Louisiana Tech 4–5
1952 Louisiana Tech 6–1–2 T–1st
1953 Louisiana Tech 6–3 T–1st
1954 Louisiana Tech 6–3
1955 Louisiana Tech 9–1 1st
1956 Louisiana Tech 4–3–2
1957 Louisiana Tech 6–4 T–1st
1958 Louisiana Tech 7–3 T–1st
1959 Louisiana Tech 9–1 1st
1960 Louisiana Tech 8–2 T–1st
1961 Louisiana Tech 5–4
1962 Louisiana Tech 4–4
1963 Louisiana Tech 6–3
1964 Louisiana Tech 9–1 1st
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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