LAFAYETTE – Mel Didier, a former head baseball coach and athletic director at then-USL from 1981-82 and would serve as a longtime Major League Baseball executive, died Sunday night at his home in Phoenix. He was 90.
Didier, who was employed by the Toronto Blue Jays as a special assignment scout at the time of his death, was head baseball coach for the Ragin’ Cajuns from 1981-82, revitalizing a program that had won a combined 33 games in the previous two seasons.
A native of Baton Rouge and the younger brother of former Ragin’ Cajuns baseball coach Ray Didier, Mel Didier led the Ragin’ Cajuns to a two-year record of 73-48-1 that included the school’s first-ever 40-win season.
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