The University of Louisiana community is saddened to learn of the loss of former men's basketball coach Beryl Shipley, who passed away Friday night after a battle with cancer.

The winningest coach in UL history, Shipley guided the Cajuns for 16 years and finished with a 293-126 record. In 15 of his 16 seasons, the Cajuns finished with a winning record.

Starting in 1963, Shipley rattled off five Gulf State Championships in six seasons, including a win at the 1964-65 NAIA District 27 Tournament Championship.

Shipley also put the Cajuns on the map nationally after moving up to the NCAA level in 1970-71 and advancing to the NCAA College Tournament that same season.

In 1972 the Cajuns finished #8 in the US and in 1973 finished #7, winning the Southland Conference championship both years.

Other notable achievements:

  • Four time Gulf States Conference Coach of the Year
  • Two time NAIA District 27 Coach of the Year (1964-65, '65-66)
  • Two time Southland Conference Coach of the Year (1971-72, '72-73)
  • 1972-73 Louisiana Collegiate Coach of the Year

A memorial service is planned for noon Friday at First Baptist Church in Lafayette. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9am until the time of service.

More information on Shipley's legacy is at

Picture courtesy of Lights Out In Blackham.

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