The first is how thankful they are for the work he has put in and the expansion that the Crowley Recreation Department underwent during his tenure. The second (and most obvious) is that he will be missed.
Robichaux will officially become Youngsville’s Sport’s Complex director on May 1.
“Obviously from a selfish point-of-view as our baseball coach and our recreation director, we hate to see him leave but an opportunity like that is hard to pass up,” said Notre Dame High School Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Louie Cook. “Outside of his work as a coach, he’s a Notre Dame graduate and just an all around good guy. And he’s taken the recreation department to another level. Coach Pizz (Richard Pizzolatto) got the ball rolling and Timmy just picked it up and ran with it.”
Mayor Greg Jones, who hired Robichaux in 2007, had equal words of praise.
“Tim started out as a co-director and assumed the job in 2007,” said Mayor Jones. “Under Timmy we feel we have a ‘second to none’ recreation department...we wish him luck in his future endeavors.”
When visiting with the staff at the Crowley Recreation Department Wednesday prior to interviewing Robichaux, the somber mood in the office was obvious but the members of his staff that spoke were happy that he was moving on to a position that many coaches or sports figures in Acadiana would jump for.
Robichaux spoke very fondly of his tenure as recreation director and it soon became obvious that he is a very modest man.
When asked about the major expansion of the department under his tenure, he seemed very satisfied with the the accomplishments (the openings of Hensgens Park and the Glady Trahan Tennis Centre being the most recent) and was quite proud of the Recreation Center’s growth.
“That’s one of the reasons I took the job,” said Robichaux. “I wanted to see this facility grow and I wanted to leave it in the best shape I could.”
That may have been the last time he said “I” during his interview.
“The biggest thing is there’s so many people besides me that helped us with these accomplishments the past two mayors (Greg Jones and Isabella delaHoussaye), all the members of the city council...and I have to mention Steven Premeaux (the head of the Recreation Committee on Crowley’s City Council). He’s been a very loyal supporter of this department and worked hard in his job to help me to get these things done.
“I need to also thank Lewis (Cook) for giving me the opportunity to let me be a non-faculty coach at Notre Dame. I’m going to miss those boys so much - not just the Notre Dame kids but all the American Legion kids I’ve coached from all the schools in Crowley. And then there’s Ed Dartez who helped with officials and Jesse Wilson who worked with our adult sports.
“I had a very hard-working loyal staff that helped me on a daily basis....Johnette (Guidry) and Elizabeth (Trahan), the groundskeepers and anyone who ever worked with me in helping to keep the fields cleaned up and looking good. And there’s no way I can forget Sarah Ruddock who worked the concession stand for me and got to watch us grow. She was such a huge supporter.
“When I took this job here in Crowley it was to coach baseball and I’m really going to miss that side of it in my new position. But I can use the experience I gained in coaching in my new position and I’ll always be thankful for everyone who helped me gain that experience.”
Suffice it to say, the feeling is mutual.