TC335: Tony Robichaux

Experience is typically the best teacher when it comes to figuring out why we’ve decided to give so much of ourselves to the coaching life. Yeah, we think it’s all about baseball when we start — because we do love the game. However, it doesn’t take long to figure out that if it was just about the game, there are so many other things we could be doing that don’t require such an investment. Umpiring immediately comes to mind. The guys in blue are in there recliner with a cold drink after taking a shower — and you’re still raking the field or riding the bus.

Nearly every interview we’ve done on Top Coach has elicited some amount of comments, buzz, or feedback. There are a few, however, that generate an emotional response or gut reaction from listeners. Tony Robichaux was one of those guys. When you heard the head baseball coach at Louisiana Lafayette talk about his team and his community, you felt he was talking about his family. Probably because that’s exactly how he felt.

July 3, 2019 was a sad day indeed. Tony Robichaux died from a heart attack suffered some days before. He will be remembered by the community, his players and staff through the years, and anyone who ever came in contact with him.

In tribute to Coach Robichaux, we want to replay the first interview we did with him in 2015. This will give you a very good idea of what made him so special.

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