Lewis Cook Jr., Frog Festival Grand Marshal
Cook named Frog Festival Grand Marshal
Lewis Cook Jr. will be honored as Grand Marshal of the 2018 Rayne Frog Festival Parade, according to Jeremy Lavergne, festival chairman.
The 46th annual Frog Festival will be held Wednesday, May 9, through Saturday, May 12, on the Frog Festival Grounds in Gossen Memorial Park.
The Grand Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.
“Louie,” as he is known to most, is a lifelong resident of Rayne. He and his wife of 44 years, Faye, are the parents of three sons, Lewis, Jeff and Stuart.
Cook graduated from Rayne High School in 1969 and went on to the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana Lafayette), where he graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.
He has been coaching for the last 44 years, 33 of which have been as a head high school football coach.
Cook started his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Rayne High, in 1974, serving as an assistant coach for three years. He was promoted to head football coach in 1977 where he was able to serve as a positive role model for young athletes for the next four years.
From 1981 through 1996 he coached at USL and at Crowley High School. In 1977 he moved to Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish, where he currently serves as administrator, athletic director and head football coach.
“He has a tremendous impact on our youth by teaching them leadership and teamwork skills and how a commitment to hard work pays off,” said Louis “Bedo” Meche Jr., in nominating Cook as grand marshal.
“He strives to lead young athletes to become outstanding citizens of our community,” Meche added. “They see his faith, discipline, character, structure and respect through his actions on the field and from his lockerroom speeches.”
Cook has a career coaching record of 344 wins and 82 losses. He has 31 state playoff appearances with four state championships — 1989, 2000, 2009 and 2015.
He has been named Coach of the Year six times — 1996, 1989, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2015 — and has coached professional football players including Jake Delhomme, Brandon Stokley, Orlando Thomas, Anthony Clement, Shane Garrett and Tracy Boyd.
In 2015 Cook was a Louisiana High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame inductee and in June he will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches.
For more information concerning the Frog Festival, call the Rayne Chamber of Commerce office at (337) 334-2332 or visit raynefrogfestival.com.