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Famous McNeese State University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to McNeese State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from McNeese State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from McNeese State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished McNeese State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended McNeese State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from McNeese State University.

These graduates, like Joe Dumars and Clay Buchholz include images when available.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to McNeese State University?” and “Which celebrities are McNeese State University alumni?”
  • 1

    Grady A. Dugas

    Businessperson, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 83 (1923-2007)

    BirthplaceSulphur, Louisiana

    Grady A. Dugas, M. D. (October 24, 1923 – March 25, 2007), was a Louisiana physician who invented the "Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks", a patented device designed for those who sometimes...  more
  • 2

    Joe Dumars

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana

    Joe Dumars III (born May 24, 1963) is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He could play either shooting guard or point guard on offense and was a highly...  more

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  • 3

    Doug Kershaw

    Songwriter, Musician


    BirthplaceUSA, Louisiana

    Douglas James Kershaw (born January 24, 1936) is an American fiddle player, singer and songwriter from Louisiana. Active since 1948, he began his career as part of the duo Rusty and Doug, along with...  more
  • 4

    Cecil Collins

    American football player


    BirthplaceFort Knox, Kentucky

    Cecil J. P. Collins (born November 19, 1976) is a former American football running back for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL)....  more
  • 5

    Clay Buchholz

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceNederland, Texas

    Clay Daniel Buchholz (born August 14, 1984), is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Boston Red Sox,...  more
  • 6

    Dan Richey

    Politician, Journalist


    BirthplaceConcordia Parish, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana

    Daniel Wesley "Dan" Richey is a Baton Rouge-based political consultant for "pro-family" candidates and organizations, including Louisiana Family Forum. From 1997 to 2004, Richey served under...  more
  • 7

    Keith Smith

    American football player


    BirthplaceLeesville, Louisiana

    Keith Smith is former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at McNeese State. Smith was also a member...  more
  • 8

    Andre Dubus

    Biographer, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 62 (1936-1999)

    BirthplaceLake Charles, Louisiana

    Andre Jules Dubus II (August 11, 1936 – February 24, 1999) was an American short story writer and essayist....  more
  • 9

    Kerry Joseph

    American football player


    BirthplaceNew Iberia, Louisiana

    Kerry Tremaine Joseph (born October 4, 1973) is an American former Canadian football quarterback. He was born in New Iberia, Louisiana. Joseph was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 2007...  more
  • 10

    James David Cain

    Businessperson, Politician


    James David Cain Sr. (born October 13, 1938) is a retired farmer and rancher from the Dry Creek community in eastern Beauregard Parish who is a former Republican member of the Louisiana State...  more
  • 11

    Demond Mallet

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceLeesville, Louisiana

    Dayon Demond Mallet (born February 22, 1978) is a retired American professional basketball player. He played college basketball at McNeese State University. Mallet spent 17 seasons as a professional...  more
  • 12

    Willie Mount



    BirthplaceLake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America

    Willie Landry Mount (born August 25, 1949) is an American politician from Louisiana who served as a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate from 2000 to 2012. She represented District 27,...  more
  • 13

    Don Breaux

    American football player


    BirthplaceJennings, Louisiana

    Donald Carl Breaux (born August 3, 1940) is a former American football player and coach. He played college football at McNeese State College and in the American Football League (AFL). He served two...  more
  • 14

    Stephen Starring

    American football player


    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Stephen Dale Starring (born July 30, 1961) is a former American football player. Attending Vinton High School and McNeese State University, he was MVP for the Cowboys football team at the 1980...  more
  • 15

    Tierre Brown

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceIowa, Louisiana

    Tierre Brown (born June 3, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
  • 16

    Tom Sestak

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 51 (1936-1987)

    BirthplaceGonzales, Texas

    Thomas Joseph Sestak (March 9, 1936 – April 3, 1987) was an American football defensive lineman who played for the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League (AFL)....  more
  • 17

    Zack Bronson

    American football player


    BirthplaceJasper, Texas

    Robet Zack Bronson (born January 28, 1974) is a current Cornerbacks coach at McNeese State and a former professional American football safety in the National Football League. He played professionally...  more
  • 18

    Bryan Hicks

    American football player


    BirthplaceLake Charles, Louisiana

    Mark Bryan Hicks (born January 24, 1957) is a former American football safety who played three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals in the National Football League (NFL)....  more
  • 19

    Buford Jordan

    American football player


    BirthplaceIota, Louisiana

    Paul Buford Jordan (born June 26, 1962) is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the New Orleans Saints....  more
  • 20

    B. J. Sams

    American football player


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Bradley Jamar "B. J." Sams (born October 29, 1980 is a former American football player who was a running back, wide receiver, cornerback and return specialist in the National Football League (NFL)...  more
  • 21

    Leonard Smith

    American football player


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Leonard Phillip Smith (born September 2, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football former cornerback who played for the Buffalo Bills and St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals of the National...  more
  • 22

    Dick Harris

    American football player


    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Dick Harris (born July 24, 1937) is a former American football defensive back who played six seasons in the American Football League with the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers from 1960 to 1965. He was...  more
  • 23

    Rosell Ellis

    Rosell Ellis (born February 19, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
  • 24

    R. C. Slocum

    American football player


    BirthplaceOakdale, Louisiana

    Richard Copeland Slocum (born November 7, 1944), better known as R. C. Slocum, is a former American football player and coach. He served as the interim athletic director at Texas A&M University from...  more
  • 25

    Ben Broussard

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceBeaumont, Texas

    Benjamin Isaac Broussard (born September 24, 1976) is an American former professional baseball first baseman. He is currently a musician. Broussard was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the second...  more