There have been many special days in Donaldsonville native Sara “D-D” Breaux’s 40 years of coaching LSU gymnastics.
Along the way, she has won numerous Coach of the Year awards and led LSU to SEC titles and nearly 30 straight NCAA Championship appearances
Now, she has received the ultimate honor: being inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Breaux was officially inducted recently, alongside Kentucky Derby champion jockey Calvin Borel, professional golfer and LSU alum David Toms (winner of 2001 PGA Championship), former Tiger football star Eddie Kennison, World Series champion Juan Pierre, Southeastern basketball great C.A. Core, football and baseball coach Raymond Didier and Ed Reed—whom many consider to be one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.
Breaux becomes just the 27th woman out of 336 members to ever be inducted into the hall. She is also only the second inductee from the sport of gymnastics. The first was 1984 Olympic medalist and broadcaster Kathy Johnson Clarke.
Before Beaux took over as the LSU gymnastics head coach, she was an accomplished gymnast in her own right.
She was a part of the Southeastern Louisiana gymnastics team in 1972-73 and helped lead the Lady Lions to a runner-up finish in the 1972 AIAW championships.
She was supposed to take part in the 1972 Olympic trials, but a knee injury not only prevented her from competing, but ultimately led to the end of her career.
So, Breaux went into coaching. It turned out to be the right career move.
She has built the LSU gymnastics program into a perennial power.
For the past two seasons, the Lady Tigers have finished as the national runner-up.
In her time as the head coach, she has led the program to 28 straight NCAA appearances. They have reached the NCAA Super Six on six separate occasions.
The Lady Tigers have won two SEC championships.
In individual competition, LSU has brought home 13 national titles, and Breaux has coached nearly 200 All-Americans.
She has earned eight SEC Coach of the Year awards, and she has been awarded national coach of the year accolades twice.
In addition to the accomplishments her team has continued to achieve over the past few years, gymnastics has quickly become one of the school’s most popular sports
They have nearly 5,000 season ticket holders, and they have consistently averaged just a shade under 10,000 fans for home meets.
Breaux will enter her 41st season as the LSU gymnastics coach in 2017-18. This ties her with Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp as the longest-serving coaches in SEC history—regardless of sport.
Back in May, the city of Donaldsonville celebrated her amazing career with “D-D Breaux Day.”
Mayor Leroy Sullivan said, “It’s great when someone from Donaldsonville can do all of the things that she has done to inspire young people and pass on the gift that God has given her to help others.”