The Erath Backers Club is proud to announce the induction of Tommie Pillette as a 2010 inductee of the Erath High School Hall of Fame. Pillette is a 1974 graduate of Erath High School, and a longtime coach at the school. While a student at Erath High, he was a member of the football, basketball, and track teams.
Pillette was a three year letterman in both football and basketball. He was also a two year letterman in track. In his junior year, he was named to the All District and All Parish in basketball. He averaged 16.4 points per game and 12 rebounds per game. For his efforts, he was selected as Most Valuable Player at Erath High School.
In his senior year, Pillette was named to the 1st Team All District and All Parish for football and basketball. He averaged 18.6 points per game and 12 rebounds per game for basketball. He was awarded the Bobcat Award for Leadership. His teammates voted him co-captain for the football team and captain of the basketball team. Pillette led the basketball team in points for both his junior and senior years. He still holds the school record for shooting percentage in a single game with 100%. He was 11 for 11 in the Erath game against Catholic High School.
Upon graduation, Pillette signed a four year baseball scholarship with Whitworth College in Brookhaven, Mississippi. This was an amazing feat due to the fact that Erath High School did not have a baseball team during his high school years. In his sophomore year, Pillette followed Coach Dwaine Roark to John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas when Coach Roark left Whitworth College. During his college career, he played centerfield. Pillette was honored to have played in the Small College World Series in Rangeley, Colorado and the NAIA National Tournament at David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tennessee. He also tried out for the Los Angeles Dodgers Farm Club. Pillette graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education.
Pillette returned to Erath after graduating from John Brown University. He was hired as a middle school and high school coach in August 1978. He is now in his 32 year at Erath High School. During his time at Erath, he has coached in almost every sport. He is currently in his 17th year as head boys basketball coach. He has served as head baseball coach on three separate occasions, serving as head coach for 21 years. Pillette was also the head girls basketball coach for four years. He has served as an assistant coach in football his entire time at Erath. During his career, he has been named Vermilion Parish Coach of the Year twice in baseball and basketball. He was also named District Basketball Coach of the Year twice.
Pillette’s dedication to Erath High School is unparallel. He is often the first coach to arrive at school and the last to leave. He always had the time to stop and talk with anyone, and this has resulted in many long time friendships with many of his former student athletes.
Pillette is the proud father of 5 children: Jamie Ryan Pillette, Joni Rochelle Broussard, Jessica Rene’ Pillette, Jeremy Ross Pillette, and Joshua Randall Pillette. He is also the grandfather of two: Jakyla and Jalen.