UL baseball coach Tony Robichaux underwent a second surgery at a New Orleans-area hospital on Sunday, a week after suffering a heart attack, and is in "critical condition," according to a university statement.
“Coach Robichaux has received additional medical attention as a result of the incident suffered last Sunday," athletic director Bryan Maggard said. "The Robichaux family asks specifically for prayer during this time.”
Robichaux, 57, had open-heart surgery last Monday and was moved to Ochsner Health Center in New Orleans from Lafayette General Hospital.
He has coached the Cajuns’ baseball program since 1995 and has 1,177 career victories. He is the all-time leader in wins for both UL and McNeese State. The Cajuns are coming off a 28-31 season, failing to make NCAA regionals for the third straight season.
The recovery from heart surgery for UL baseball coach Tony Robichaux took another step by moving his treatment to Ochsner Health Center in New…
"I love him to death," said former UL pitcher Kraig Schambough. "He’s my guy. I’d do anything for Tony and his family. I’ll never be able to repay the man for what he’s done for me over the years. In times like this, we’ll try to give him and his family their privacy, but at the same time, we want to do everything we can for the family. I would do anything for them."
Robichaux's son, Justin, said on Facebook Sunday night: "Prayer Warriors: Please continue to keep my father in your prayers."
Phil Devey, the native of Quebec who played for Robichaux in the 1990s, said the effect Robichaux has had on his life "cannot be understated."
"Tony Robichaux is and remains the most influential person in my life," said Devey, who now owns Frontline Companies in Lafayette. "His mentorship transcends coaching. To describe him as simply having been my college baseball coach minimizes his actual role in my life and the life of my teammates and baseball alumni.
"I am in tears as I write this and absolutely devastated in knowing that my mentor is suffering in a hospital bed and fighting for his life. Right now he, his wife, three kids and all his grandchildren have the strength and prayers of every single player he has ever coached behind him. I will never be able to repay him or properly thank him for all that he's done for me."
Former pitcher Hogan Harris, now in the Oakland A's organization, said Robichaux is "one of the most inspirational men I have ever gotten to be around."
"Coach Robichaux taught me how to be a man before he taught me how to pitch," said Harris, now playing for the Class A Vermont Lake Monsters. "I could go on for a long time about how great of a man he is and how much he has done for me. He is a second father to just about every player he coaches because what he teaches you about being a man off the field is what causes you to be successful on the field.
"He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers, and I truly hope he has a speedy and full recovery."
Said former UL standout and current Los Angeles Angel Jonathan Lucroy via Twitter: "Hey everyone, please pray for my former @RaginCajunsBSB head coach Tony Robichaux. He is in critical condition after a heart attack. He’s a great man who has helped a lot of people, including me."
Hey everyone, please pray for my former @RaginCajunsBSB head coach Tony Robichaux. He is in critical condition after a heart attack. He’s a great man who has helped a lot of people, including me. https://t.co/zmlflzkvvy— Jonathan Lucroy (@JLucroy20) July 1, 2019