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Famous Nicholls State University Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 4.3k views33 items

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

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List of famous alumni from Nicholls State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Nicholls State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Nicholls State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Nicholls 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 Nicholls State University.

List includes Ed Orgeron, Mark Carrier and more.

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

    Billy Tauzin

    Politician, Lobbyist


    BirthplaceChackbay, Louisiana, United States of America

    Wilbert Joseph Tauzin II (IPA: ['bɪli 'toʊzɛ̃]; born June 14, 1943) is an American lobbyist and politician. He was President and CEO of PhRMA, a pharmaceutical company lobby group. Tauzin was also a...  more
  • 2

    Jacob Bender

    American football player


    Jacob David Bender (born April 25, 1985) is a former American football guard and offensive tackle. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college...  more
  • 3

    Barbara Colley

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceRinggold, Louisiana

    Barbara Ann Logan Colley (born July 26, 1947) is a romance and mystery novelist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her recent work is centered on the fictitious "Charlotte LaRue", the subject of a...  more
  • 4

    Ed Orgeron

    American Football coach, Coach


    BirthplaceLarose, Louisiana, United States of America

    Edward James Orgeron Jr. (born July 27, 1961) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at Louisiana State University (LSU). Orgeron previously served as the...  more
  • 5

    Gary Barbaro

    American football player


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Gary Wayne Barbaro (born February 11, 1954) is a former free safety who played seven seasons in the National Football League from 1976 to 1982 and one season in the United States Football League...  more
  • 6

    Hunt Downer

    Politician, Veteran


    Major General Huntington Blair Downer, Jr., known as Hunt Downer (born April 28, 1946), is a Republican politician in the U.S. state of Louisiana who is the former assistant adjutant general of the...  more
  • 7

    Johnny Meads

    American football player


    BirthplaceLabadieville, Louisiana

    Johnny Sand Meads (born June 25, 1961 in Labadieville, Louisiana) is a former professional American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers from 1984–1992 and...  more
  • 8

    Lionel Vital

    American football player


    BirthplaceLoreauville, Louisiana

    Lionel Vital (born July 15, 1963) is the Director of College Scouting for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He is a former American football running back for the Washington...  more
  • 9

    Mark Carrier

    American football player


    BirthplaceLafayette, Louisiana

    John Mark Carrier (born October 28, 1965) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third...  more
  • 10

    Ronnie Price

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceFriendswood, Texas

    Ronald D'Wayne Price (born June 21, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player and current scout for the Phoenix Suns. Price grew up in Friendswood, Texas and played college...  more
  • 11

    Chris Thompson

    American football player


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Christopher J. Thompson (born May 19, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a Canadian football cornerback who is currently a free agent. Thompson has also been a member of four NFL teams; the...  more
  • 12

    Darryl Pounds

    American football player


    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    Darryl Lamont Pounds (born July 21, 1972) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the Denver Broncos. He played college football at...  more
  • 13

    Gerard King

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Gerard King (born (1972-11-25)November 25, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player. He was a member of the San Antonio Spurs and the Washington Wizards in the National Basketball...  more
  • 14

    Robert Lee

    Robert Lawrence Lee (born March 12, 1968) is an American former basketball coach. He served as the head men's basketball coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 2004 to 2010....  more
  • 15
    Terrel Ray Castle (born September 12, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player. He played college basketball at Nicholls State University and averaged 18.3 points per game during...  more
  • 16

    Tim Gautreaux

    Novelist, Writer


    BirthplaceMorgan City, Louisiana

    Timothy Martin Gautreaux (born 1947 in Morgan City, Louisiana) is a novelist and short story writer who lives in Hammond, Louisiana, where he is Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern Louisiana...  more
  • 17

    Darryl Hamilton

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Darryl Quinn Hamilton (December 3, 1964 – June 21, 2015) was an American professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers (1988, 1990–95), Texas...  more
  • 18

    Jay Pennison

    Actor, Footballer


    BirthplaceUSA, Houma, Louisiana

    Jay Leslie Pennison (born September 9, 1961 in Houma, Louisiana) is a former professional American football center who played in the United States Football League (USFL) and the National Football...  more
  • 19

    Anatoli Bose

    Anatoly Bose is an Australian-Kazakhstani professional basketball player who currently plays for BC Astana of the Kazakhstani Division I League. He played college basketball for Nicholls State...  more
  • 20

    Doug Hudson

    Benjamin Douglas Hudson (born September 11, 1964 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a former professional American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He...  more
  • 21


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

    Paul Joseph Carmouche (born June 23, 1943) is an American lawyer who served as a five-term District Attorney for Caddo Parish, Louisiana from 1979 to 2009. Before his tenure as district attorney,...  more
  • 22


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Robert April, Jr. (born April 15, 1953) is an American football coach. He has held various special teams coaching positions in the National Football League (NFL)....  more
  • 23

    Phillip Brock

    Phillip Brock (born January 17, 1982) is a former Arena football wide receiver and running back. He was signed by the CenTex Barracudas as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football...  more
  • 24

    Gordon Dove

    Gordon Earl Dove, Sr., is a businessman from Houma, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 52 in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes....  more
  • 25

    Joe Harrison

    Joseph Arthur "Joe" Harrison is an American financial planner from Napoleonville, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 51 in Assumption,...  more