Don Shows

Football Player and Coach
Born 1940

Donald Harrison Shows, known as Don Shows, is a champion high school and college football coach who since 1989 has directed the West Monroe High School Rebels in West Monroe, Louisiana. On June 25, 2011, Shows will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, located in Natchitoches. The nominees are chosen by a 30-member committee of the Louisiana Sportswriters Association. The 2011 nominees will bring the number thus far honored to 285.… Read More

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1940 Birth Born on February 15, 1940.


1958 18 Years Old One of three sons of George Melvin and Thelma Shows, Don Shows was born and reared in Ruston in Lincoln Parish. He graduated in 1958 from Ruston High School, where he lettered in baseball, basketball, and track and field, as well as football. … Read More


1963 23 Years Old As a child, Shows preferred baseball and basketball to football. Hence for much of his life he faithfully watched other sports competitions besides football. He attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston on a track scholarship, having graduated in 1963 with teacher certification in science and physical education. … Read More


1977 37 Years Old Prior to his long tenure at West Monroe in Ouachita Parish, Shows coached the Jonesboro-Hodge High School Tigers in Jonesboro, to the 1977 state championship. … Read More


1985 45 Years Old In 1985, he was a 45-year-old graduate assistant at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, then known as Northeast Louisiana University, where he coached the linebackers for the Northeast Louisiana Indians, subsequently renamed the Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks.
1988 48 Years Old In 1988, as offensive line coach, he helped to propel the Demons of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches to a conference championship. … Read More


1993 53 Years Old 1 More Event
And beating St. Augustine (in New Orleans) in 1993 was awesome because no one thought we could, but we proved a lot of people wrong that day!" West Monroe had been expected to finish last in 1996 in District 2-5A that year but instead went undefeated in district for the first time. … Read More
1996 56 Years Old …  Beating Carencro in Lafayette Parish in the 1996 state championship was incredible!
1998 58 Years Old …  At least one poll declared the Rebels in both 1998 and 2000 as national champions, a subjective designation. … Read More


2010 70 Years Old Shows was also involved in community affairs in West Monroe. In January 2010, he received from the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce its A. O. Evans Award, named for the first president of the West Monroe chamber.
2012 72 Years Old 1 More Event
He was hospitalized on November 16, 2012, but returned to coach two days later.
2013 73 Years Old Assistant football coach Jerry Arledge took over the head coaching duties for the fall of 2013, but Shows vowed to return when his health improved. … Read More
2014 74 Years Old Died on March 3, 2014.
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