Coutee is a 1984 EHS graduate and participated in football and track as a Bobcat.
He was a member of the 1982 state championship team.
During his career as a Bobcat football player, Coutee was named the 1982 2nd team All District Offensive Lineman, 1983 1st team all-district Offensive Lineman, 1983 1st team All State Offensive Lineman. He was selected to the 1983 Preseason all Louisiana football team. He was ranked as one of the top offensive linemen in the state during his senior year.
In track, Coutee threw the shot put and discus. He also advanced to state in powerlifting his senior year.
Coutee was thankful for the influence of coaches Johnny Bourque, Robert Trent, Charles Mahfouz, Chad Lemoine and other educators.
“What I learned growing up in Eunice was to trust yourself and work hard – do what you said you were going to do.”
After Eunice High, Coutee played four seasons at LSU under head coaches Bill Arnsparger and Mike Archer.
“The two years I played at Eunice High and the four years at LSU were very impactful for my future,” he said.
Coutee’s biggest memory from his playing days was the 1988 “Earthquake Game” when LSU rallied to beat Auburn, 7-6.
“It was a very quiet game for us on offense as it was one of the most focused games we played,” he said. “Winning like we did proved to us what we could do if relied on each other.”
Coutee earned a business degree from LSU and presently lives in Missouri City a suburb of Houston, Texas and is the COO of Luby’s Fuddrucker’s restaurant.
“Food was a very important part of lives where we grew up,” he said. “I got into the business because I knew people always have to eat.”
His parents Faye and Joe Coutee own Coutee’s Grocery and they taught him “to know his value, be trustworthy and help others.”
He has been married to Myra Coutee for 35 years and they have two children, Ben and Miranda.
Their two grandchildren are Benji and Vivienne.