Winning is nothing new to LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux.
Just check her record: Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year six times; NCAA Central Regional Coach of the Year seven times; USA Gymnastics Region 8 Hall of Fame member. And only a few months ago, she led the Lady Tigers to claim the 2017 SEC Gymnastics Championship and to a second-place finish in the NCAA Championship, the 14th time one of her teams has made that trip.
But Breaux doesn't just win in the gym.
She's also one of the winningest Celebrity Waiters for the Children's Advocacy Center's annual fundraiser, each year coming in among the top three tip-earners since the event kicked off 11 years ago. Those efforts led the organization, which helps children and their families deal with the aftermath of abuse or violent crime, to proclaim Breaux as the "Waiter of the Decade." She'll be honored Wednesday July 19 at the L'Auberge Event Center.
"It's all about enthusiasm," says Breaux of her ability to collect the most money from guests. "The event is great; the cause is great. I go into it with the mindset that I'm going to win."
She also sees participation in such causes as part of LSU's overall mission.
"It's good for our community," Breaux says, "and when our community is strong, LSU is strong."
One of the perks of the event is getting to meet other local "celebrities," many in coaching, such as famed Southern University baseball coach Roger Cador and Baton Rouge Community College women's basketball coach Paula Lee.
"It really is a cross section of the community," says Breaux. "You have law enforcement, coaches from the other local colleges, politicians — all trying to raise money for this worthy cause."
And she's not above getting a little help from her friends.
"I've had help from (former LSU Chancellor) Mike Martin, athletic director Joe Alleva, Kip (Holden, former East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president) and coach Cador," she confesses with a laugh. "They would pool their tips with mine to keep me in the running."
Her other secret to winning is to tip the "real" wait staff, those "priority people behind the counter," to take care of her orders first.
"There are always lots of LSU boosters and fans at the event, and they're doing it for the same reason we all are," continues Breaux, who every year keeps the aprons autographed by her fellow participants.
"This event has really been embraced by the community," says Breaux. "I'm really proud to be a participant."
Celebrity Waiter Event
A fundraiser for the Baton Rouge Children's Advocacy Center
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19
WHERE: L'Auberge Event Center