Billy Allgood

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William Marvin "Billy" Allgood

(Louisiana College basketball
and baseball coach)

Political party Democrat[1]

Born September 6, 1931
Place of birth missing

Resident of Pineville, Louisiana

Died September 19, 2018 (aged 87)
Pineville, Louisiana

Resting place:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ball, Louisiana

Spouse Irene Frances Allgood (married 1951-2018, his death)

Two children:
Wendell "Duke" Allgood
Pam A. Hancock
Parents: Elton and Bernice Frazier Allgood

Religion Southern Baptist

William Marvin Allgood, known as Billy Allgood (September 6, 1931[1] – September 19, 2018), was the basketball and baseball coach for nearly four decades at the Southern Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. He notched hundreds of victories in his long career.

Allgood came to Louisiana College in 1959 as basketball coach and assistant football coach. He led the Wildcats basketball team until 1985. From 1965 to 1998, he coached the baseball team at his namesake Billy Allgood Field. He led LC teams in both basketball and baseball to National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national tournament berths. For thirty-one years, he was the LC athletic director. His greatest coaching victory came in baseball on March 15, 1994, when by a score of 7-5 the Wildcats upset defending national champion Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. This marked the first time an NAIA school had defeated the current National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I national champion.[2]

Twice Allgood was named the NAIA District 30 Coach of the Year in basketball. In 1986, he was named "Mr. Louisiana Basketball" by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches. The LABC inducted Allgood into its Hall of Fame in 1990. He was inducted in 1991 into the Louisiana College Sports Hall of Fame.[2]

When he was inducted in 1999 into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches, Allgood said in an interview that he did not want to coach blue-chip athletes. I'd rather coach blue-chip people."[3]Billy Jones, one of Allgood's players and a pallbearer at the coach's funeral, said that Allgood "made men out of boys. He was someone who truly was a legend, and he's going to be so sorely missed."[3]

Allgood died at his Pineville residence at the age of eighty-seven. Services were held in downtown Alexandria, Louisiana, on September 22, 2018, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, of which he was an active member. Dr. Chris Thacker, his pastor, officiated, assisted by former LC basketball players Drexel Robinson and Michael Talbert and manager Butch Morrison. Burial is at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in nearby Ball, Louisiana.[4]

Allgood also built baseball fields for former players who became coaches as well as homes for Habitat for Humanity. His coaching rival, Tynes Hildebrand of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, said that Allgood always followed the rules of sportsmanship. Hildebran summed up Allgood's legacy: “I think if there is one thing that speaks well of someone, that’s it. We probably won’t ever see someone like him come along again. I don’t think there will ever be another Billy Allgood, and that’s a shame. Young people need Billy Allgood for a role model."[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 William Allgood. Mylife.com. Retrieved on December 26, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 John Marcase. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame coach Billy Allgood dies at 87. The Shreveport Times in Shreveport, Louisiana. Retrieved on December 26, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Coach Billy Allgood passes away. The Alexandria Town Talk (September 18, 2018). Retrieved on December 26, 2018.
  4. Billy Allgood obituary. The Alexandria Town Talk (September 21, 2018). Retrieved on December 26, 2018.