McNeese State University is celebrating
the careers and accomplishments of former rodeo coach John J. Smith and former
rodeo members - and brothers - Philip and David Fournier by inducting them into
the 2018 McNeese Rodeo Hall of Fame.
induction ceremony and reception for the recipients and their families and
friends will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Chalkley Room at Burton
Coliseumóhome of the Rodeo Hall of Fame. The honorees will then be introduced
that night during the 64th McNeese Rodeo at the Burton Outdoor
rodeo competes in the Southern Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo
Association, the collegiate rodeo governing body headquartered in Walla Walla,
Wash., which today consists of 12 regions with over 3,400 student-athletes.
of Roanoke, received his bachelorís degree in animal science in 1969 and his
masterís degree in environmental science in 1974 from McNeese. He began working
on the McNeese farm as an undergraduate student and would continue his
employment after graduation at McNeese, serving as farm manager, assistant
professor of animal science, rodeo coach and head of the agricultural sciences department
until his retirement in 2001 with 34 years of service.
served seven years as NIRA commissioner and was owner of Smith Agricultural and
at McNeese, he was a two-time recipient of the Fritz-Lang Professorship in
Agriculture, served as NIRA national faculty president, was named honorary Future
Farmers of America Chapter Farmer and received the Louisiana FFA Farmer Award.
He is also a member of several professional organizations.
of Raceland, is a lifetime leader, promoter and instructor of rodeo. He is an
active member of the Lafourche Roping Club, a local rodeo association for area
youth. He is also a member the NIRA Alumni Association.
McNeese, P. Fournier was the 1980 Southern Region champion in bull riding,
reserve champion in saddle bronc riding and the NIRA Bob Miller Memorial Rookie
of the Year and
the 1981 Southern Region champion in
bull riding and in bareback riding, reserve champion in saddle bronc riding and
a member of the regionís championship menís team. He qualified for the 1980 and
1981 CNFR finals in bull riding, bareback riding and saddle bronc riding. In
1980, he was all-around menís reserve champion as well as reserve champion in
to Southeastern Oklahoma State University
in 1982 where he continued to
win regional championships and qualify for the CNFR finals. He also competed in
the professional World National Finals Rodeo circuit in bull riding.
Fournier, of Raceland, is owner
of the Rockin F Cattle Co. and Fournier Land and Cattle. He is also vice president
of the Lafourche Roping Club.
A McNeese rodeo team member from 1982-86,
D. Fournier was a three-time Southern Region all-around menís champion and
reserve champion and a two-time Southern Region champion and reserve champion in
saddle bronc riding and in bull riding. He did not compete in 1983 due to an
injury. He qualified for the 1986 CNFR finals in bull riding. He
also was the recipient of the 1982 NIRA Bob Miller Memorial Rookie of the Year Award.
He is also the founder, owner and
competitor of the Professional Bull Riders and a competitor in the Professional
Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, where he was 1996 reserve champion in bull
McNeese Rodeo Hall of Fame preserves the rich rodeo traditions at McNeese and
houses national and regional championship trophies, plaques of Hall of Fame
inductees and historic photos. There is an interactive video that provides more
information about the Hall of Fame and its members, as well as the history of