In her remarkable 40-year career as the LSU gymnastics coach, Donaldsonville native Sara “D-D” Breaux has had many honors bestowed upon her, and they don’t look like they’re going to stop any time soon.
The next special day for Breaux will be next Saturday when she receives the award for Outstanding College Coach. The award will be presented to her by the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame at their annual banquet in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
She is one of seven award winners.
Destrehan basketball’s Angi Butler won Outstanding Girl’s Prep Coach, Edna Karr football’s Brice Brown and De La Salle basketball’s Paul Kelly are Co-Outstanding Boy’s Prep Coaches, LSU track star Aleia Hobbs won Outstanding Female Amateur, Landry-Walker football star Keytaon Thompson won Outstanding Male Amateur, Edna Karr football won Outstanding Boy’s Prep Team and Destrehan basketball won Outstanding Girl’s Prep Team.
It was just last month that Breaux was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
LSU’s gymnastics team had an amazing year in 2016-17.
The Lady Tigers made their 28th straight NCAA appearance and finished the year as national runner-up for the second straight season.
This led to Breaux being named the 2017 National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches National Coach of the Year.
The Lady Tigers posted a phenomenal 21-0 record against SEC teams this season en route to taking home regular season and conference tournament titles. Breaux was named SEC Coach of the Year for the eighth time in her career.
The team posted nine scores this season that ranked in the top-25 in school history. This includes a 198.275 total that was the second-best score ever at an NCAA Championship.
LSU had 16 All-America honors there—which was the most in school history at the meet.
Altogether, the Lady Tigers finished with 27 All-Americans this past season. That number was the best in school history and the best in the country.
Also, three LSU gymnasts won NCAA individual championships. That was the most single-season individual national titles in school history.
Breaux has continually built the Lady Tiger program into one of the premier institutions in the country.
When she became their head coach decades ago, they could barely field a team. Now, they have nearly 5,000 season ticket holders, and they have consistently averaged just a shade under 10,000 fans per home meet.
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.”