ACHS, Parish honor Bulldog coaching legends

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The Ascension Catholic High School and the Parish of Ascension honored Bulldog football coach Bill Vice.

The Ascension Catholic High School and the Parish of Ascension honored Bulldog football coach Bill Vice.

In a pregame ceremony before ACHS kicked off its season-opener against Catholic of Pointe Coupee Friday night at the Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium, Parish Attorney O’Neil Parenton read a proclamation declaring Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 as William “Billy” Vice Day in the Parish of Ascension.

Parenton presented the proclamation to Kitty Vice and family.

Coach Vice passed away in June. He had a 35-year successful career as a teacher and coach at Ascension Catholic High School in Donaldsonville and Redemptorist Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. In 1992, under Head Coach G.J. “Bucky” Mistretta and Coach Vice, the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs took home their second State Football Championship and the school’s third. Although Coach Vice’s leadership on the gridiron will be remembered for a lifetime by his players, he was also known for his dedication in helping youth complete their education, as well as their Christian growth and development in both Ascension Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish schools.

Vice was also recognized at the Ascension Parish Council meeting on Sept. 4 at the Donaldsonville Court House.

Current ACHS football coach presented the family with a plaque to go along with the proclamation on Friday night.