L.J. (Hoss) Garrett

Coach Garrett was a native of Crenshaw, Miss., and played two years at Jones County Junior College in Mississippi before coming to Tech where he was a standout on the 1932 and 1933 Bulldog teams. After graduation he started a coaching career that eventually covered 38 years and was one of the most successful in Louisiana prep history. He coached first at Forest High School and then Arcadia before taking over at Ruston where he produced all but 23 of his wins in a career that included 270 victories against just 122 losses and 19 ties. His Ruston Bearcats won state championships in 1941, 1947, 1951 and his 1944 team was the state runner-up. He won 14 district titles and during one stretch from 1951 through 1954 his team won 47 straight regular season games. The father of Dr. Pat Garrett, a former standout Bulldog athlete who is now the Head of the Department of English at Tech, Coach Garrett retired from coaching in 1970. He passed away October 27, 1986.

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