Athletic Hall of Fame

Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame
Call for Nominations

 

The Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame each year honors outstanding members of the Holy Cross athletic community for their achievements and contributions to the successful history of our program. The Hall of Fame honors Administrators, Coaches and Competitors who are selected through a Hall of Fame nominating committee. 
 
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame. You may nominate someone as an Administrator, Coach or Competitor. Please make sure to fill out the form completely in order for your nominee to be considered.
 
Nominations will close on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
 
If you would like to submit a nomination, please click the link below or visit our website and click on Athletics. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Baiamonte in the Alumni Office.

Nomination Instructions:

In order to be sure that your Hall of Fame nomination is considered, please submit your nomination using the electronic form below. Be sure to answer all questions in their entirety to ensure that your nominee is thoroughly considered.

There are three categories of nomination: Administrator, Coach and Competitor. Please make sure to fill out the appropriate form for your nomination. Nominees will be considered through a three-step voting process conducted by a selection committee. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Baiamonte at mbaiamonte@holycrosstigers.com

2018 Nomination Forms:

Administrator Nomination

Coach Nomination

Competitor Nomination

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

 

Roland Barbay, Jr. ’82 - Mr. Barbay was a Catholic High Schools, Scholastic Magazine and Adidas All-American, and a Prep All-American – selected by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.  In addition, he was named All-City and All-District in his senior and junior years.  In his senior season, he was selected as the Catholic League MVP as a key member of the 8-3 (1981) team that returned the Tigers to playoffs after a 10-year drought.  He dominated in a district win over St. Augustine, finishing the game with 10 solo tackles, five assisted tackles, one forced fumble and a sack.  He completed his senior season with 80 total tackles.  Mr. Barbay went on to play for the LSU Tigers where he earned All-American and All-SEC honors in 1985.  He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks and played from 1987-1990.

 

 

Holy Cross Accolades:

Prep All-American as a senior
Catholic League MVP as a senior
All-City as a senior and junior
All-District as a senior and junior


 

Ray Culotta ’64 – Mr. Culotta was a three-year letterman in both baseball and football for the Tigers. On the diamond, he was selected All-District in 1963 and 1964.  He was also named the All-Prep MVP in 1963 and team captain in 1964.  In addition, he earned All-Legion honors in 1962, 1963, and 1964, as well as All-Catholic honors in 1963 and 1964.  Mr. Culotta was the quarterback on the 1963 State Championship football team.  Following his time at Holy Cross, he was a
four-year baseball letterman at Loyola University. He went on to coach football and baseball from 1969-1977 at Newman, De La Salle and Holy Cross.

 

Holy Cross Accolades:

Three-year letterman in football
Three-year letterman in baseball
All-Prep MVP in baseball as a junior
Baseball team captain as a senior
Baseball All-Catholic as a junior and senior
Baseball All-District as a junior and senior
Three-time selection to the baseball All-Legion team
Quarterback of the 1963 Football State Championship team

 

 

 

Larry Gaudet ‘68 – Mr. Gaudet was a three-year letterman in baseball and a three-year letterman in football.  He was selected to the pre-season All-State football team prior to his senior season in football and was a member of the football state runner-up team in that 1967 season.  He was a member of the very first contest between Holy Cross and St. Augustine, a game played before 26,000 fans at Tad Gormley.   Holy Cross Hall of Fame Coach, John Kalbacher, was able to get him an opportunity at Northwestern State as a walk-on. He started all but the first game of his college career. He completed his college career with 399 tackles in 39 games.   In 2005, he was inducted to the Northwestern State Athletic Hall of Fame.  In 2007, as part of Northwestern State’s celebration of 100 years of football, Gaudet was named to the top-100 football players to wear a Demon uniform.

 

 

Holy Cross Accolades:

Three-year letterman in baseball
Three-year letterman in football
Pre-season All-State in football as a senior
Member of the 1967 state runner-up football team

 

 

Robert Gravolet ’83 – Mr. Gravolet was a three-year letterman in both football and track.  He played running back on the Tiger football team and ran the 440 and 880 relays on the track team.  During his junior and senior seasons, it was the combination of Gravolet, Leitz, and Haggerty leading the bruising rushing attack.  The Tigers finished 8-3 in his junior season, a season ending in a shootout loss to eventual state champion, John Ehret.  Mr. Gravolet rushed for 605 yards and nine TD’s as a junior, along with 667 yards and eight TD’s as a senior.  The Tigers finished 7-3 in his senior season.  He was an honor student who went on to play football at Louisiana Tech while majoring in engineering.  He served as a NASA engineer at the Michoud facility for 30 years.

 

 

 

Holy Cross Accolades:

Three-year letterman in football
Three-year letterman in track
All-State second team in football as a senior

 

 

 

Roland Hymel, Jr. ’49 – Mr. Hymel was a Tiger letterman in football, basketball and track.  He was named All-State in 1948 and All-District in 1948 and 1949 in football.  In track, he earned All-State and All-District honors in the pole vault as a junior and senior. In basketball, Mr. Hymel helped the Tigers to a state finals finish.

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Cross Accolades:

All-State, All-Prep, and All-District in football as a senior
All-District in football as a junior
All-State in track as a junior and senior
All-District in track as a junior and senior
Member of State Finalist basketball team

 

 

Ed Kavanaugh ’68 (deceased) – Mr. Kavanaugh was a four-year letterman in wrestling and two-year letterman in football.  As a student, he won the heavyweight state title in 1967 and was part of state champion teams in 1965, 1967, and 1968. The team won the City Championship in 1966. Coach Kavanaugh led the Tiger wrestling program from 1972-1996, capturing State Titles in 1983 and 1988.  His coaching career at Holy Cross not only included the head wrestling coaching position, but he also was an assistant coach in football and track, served as the school’s Athletic Director, was a teacher, and served as the school disciplinarian. 

 

 

Holy Cross Accolades:

Four-year letterman in wrestling
Two-year letterman in football
State Wrestling Individual Champion as a junior
Member of State Wrestling Championship teams as a freshman, junior and senior
Head Wrestling Coach from 1972-1996
Coached the Tigers to State Titles in 1983 and 1988
Served Holy Cross as Head Wrestling Coach, an assistant in football and track, Athletic Director, teacher and Dean of Men

 

 

Richard Kelt ’57 – Mr. Kelt was a three-year letterman in basketball, baseball, and track, and a two-year letterman in football.  In basketball, he earned All-State, All-City and All-District honors in 1957. He was also named All-District in both 1956 and 1957 in basketball, baseball and track.  He still holds the Holy Cross single-game scoring record of 50 points.  Mr. Kelt was selected to the first ever WDSU-TV All-City Basketball team in 1957, and he was named the Times-Picayune Athlete of the Year in 1956.  In track, he won the city high jump championship. Off the basketball court and playing fields, Mr. Kelt was vice-president of the National Honor Society. He earned a full scholarship to Loyola to play basketball, baseball and track.

 

Holy Cross Accolades:

Three-year letterman in basketball, baseball and track
Two-year letterman in football
Times-Picayune Athlete of the Year in 1956
All-State, All-City and All-District in basketball as a senior
All-District in basketball as a junior
All-District in baseball and track as a junior and senior
City High Jump Champion
Vice-President of the National Honor Society
Currently holds the school record for most points scored in a game at 50

 

 

Robert “Bobbie” Richard ‘64 – Mr. Richard was a three-year letterman in basketball and a captain in his senior year.  He also lettered in track and baseball.  From 1962-64, he was named All-District in basketball and added All-State honors in his senior season.  He won the state scoring title in 1962 and 1963 and finished second in 1964.  Over his career for the Tigers, he averaged 23 points per game.  Additionally, he was selected as the Holy Cross basketball MVP in the 1962, 1963, and 1964 seasons before moving on to play at USL.

 

 

Holy Cross Accolades:

Three-year letterman in basketball
Basketball Captain as a senior
All-State in basketball as a senior
All-District in basketball as a sophomore, junior and senior
State scoring leader as a sophomore and junior; second as a senior
Selected as the team MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior
Letterman in track and baseball

 

 

Coleman Ruiz, Jr ’93 – Mr. Ruiz was a four-year letterman in wrestling and was a football letterman.  He was named All-State and All-District in wrestling 3 times (1991, 1992, and 1993).  Mr. Ruiz was a two-time state wrestling champion and was undefeated as a junior and senior.  In 1993, he received the Butch Duhe Award.  Mr. Ruiz went on to become a Captain of the U.S. Naval Academy Wrestling team and was a U.S. Navy Seal for 13 years. 

 

 

Holy Cross Accolades:

Four-year letterman in wrestling
All-State and All-District Wrestler as a sophomore, junior and senior
Two-time Wrestling State Champion – Undefeated at 45-0 during his junior and senior seasons
Football letterman
Received the Butch Duhe Award as a senior

 

 

 

Coleman Ruiz, Sr. ‘68 – Mr. Coleman Ruiz, Sr. was a three-time state champion (1966, 1967 and 1968) and a four-time city champion (1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968) in wrestling.  He only lost one match during his Holy Cross career, coming in the 1967 semi-finals.  He was selected as the Most Valuable Wrestler in 1967 at the Holy Cross Sports Banquet and was the MVP of the State Meet in 1968.  Mr. Ruiz served as a team captain in his senior year before going on to wrestle for USL.

 

 

Holy Cross Accolades:

Three-time Wrestling State Champion as sophomore, junior and senior
Four-time City Wrestling Champion
Only lost one match in his high school career
State Wrestling Meet MVP as a senior
Wrestling team captain as a senior

 

 

Karl Scheuermann Jr. ’77 – Mr. Scheuermann was a three-year letterman in baseball and a two-year letterman in football.  He was named All-District in football (1975 and 1976) and baseball (1976).  Additionally, he was a member of the American Legion State championship baseball team in 1977 and was selected to the Clarion Herald High School All-Decade team of the 1970s.  To match his accomplishments on the field, he was the Valedictorian of the Class of 1977.  He went on to play baseball at Tulane, starting three years in the outfield and batting .333.  

 


Holy Cross Accolades:

Three-year letterman in baseball
Two-year letterman in football
Member of 1970s All-Decade Baseball team selected by the Clarion Herald
All-District in baseball as a junior and senior
All-District in football as a junior and senior
Member of American Legion State Championship baseball team in 1977
Valedictorian of the Class of 1977

 

 

Dr. C. John “Butsy” Zimmermann ’50 (deceased) – Mr. Zimmermann was a four-sport letterman, earning three letters in football, baseball, basketball, and track.  He was a member of State and City championship teams in baseball while earning All-State and All-Prep honors on the diamond as a first baseman.  He added All-Prep honors in football.  He was selected as the Tigers’ baseball captain his senior year and he led the team in hitting with .486 BA.  Mr. Zimmermann was also a member of the State Champion Legion team.  In football, he was recruited by legendary coach Frank Leahy as a QB to Notre Dame, but he transferred to Loyola to play baseball.  He would sign a $50,000 contract with the Boston Red Sox, which was huge in the 1950s.  He served in Japan and Korea as an Army Officer, before playing three years of minor league baseball.

 

Holy Cross Accolades:

Four-sport letterman – football, baseball, basketball and track
Three-year letterman in football, baseball, basketball and track
All-State and All-Prep in baseball
All-Prep in football
Member of State and City Championship baseball teams
Baseball team captain
Member of the State Champion Legion team

 

 

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

Tony Bouie '90


Mr. Bouie was also a three-year letterman in baseball under current Hall of Fame coach, Lou Carboni. He was a football All-State and All-District selection in 1990, and was All-District in 1988 & 1989. Mr. Bouie would sign with the University of Arizona Wildcats as a two-sport student-athlete, competing in football and baseball. Mr. Bouie was a member of the Arizona Wildcats famed “Desert Swarm” defense which included Teddy Bruschi and Chris McCallister. Tony joined teammates on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the magazine’s pre-season No. 1 pick in the fall of 1990. He was named All-Pac 10 in 1993 & 1994 and an All-American in 1994. He has since been named the 23rd Best football player in Arizona football history, and was inducted to the University of Arizona Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. Professionally, Mr. Bouie played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and currently serves on the National Football League Players’ Association Board of Directors.

Holy Cross accolades:

  • Two-year Letterman in football and baseball
  • All-State in 1990 and three-time All-District selection in football
  • Two-sport star in football and baseball
 William Burtchaell ’50 


Mr. Burtchaell joins Joe Heap (member of the first Holy Cross Hall of Fame Class) as the only two football players in school history to be named All-State three times. He was a four-year letterman in football, football co-captain in senior year, two-year letterman in track, track co-captain in senior year, and a four- year letterman in wrestling. Some observers rate Burtchaell one of the best lineman in Louisiana prep football history. During the 1947, 1948 and 1949 seasons, while Bill was selected as an All-State football player, the Tigers won 26 games, lost only 5 and tied one. In the 1947 season, the Tigers gave up only 45 points with 6 shutouts, and were crowned City Champions and CYO Bowl Champions. In the 1948 season, the Tigers finished 9-2, giving up only 52 points. The season was highlighted by a 55-0 victory over Jesuit, racking up the most points ever scored against the Jays, and the worst defeat suffered in the series. In his senior year, the Tigers continued their success on the gridiron as they compiled a 9 win, l loss and one tie record. The Tigers were South Louisiana Champions and played for the state championship.

Holy Cross accolades:

  • Four-year Letterman in football and wrestling; two-year letterman in track
  • Three-time All-State in football, joining only Joe Heap as the only three-time All-State football players in school history
  • All-American, All-Southern, and All-Prep in football
  • Co-Captain in football and track
 Billy Dalton ’69 


Mr. Dalton was a three-year letterman in track and a captain in his senior year. He also was a letterman on the Holy Cross football team. Mr. Dalton went undefeated in pole vault competitions his senior year, and won district as a senior in both the pole vault & high jump. At the conclusion of the 1969 track season, he was selected as the Times-Picayune Field Athlete of the Year. In addition, he was the first-ever state high school pole vaulter to clear 14 ft. He would compete on the college level at USL (currently UL-Lafayette) breaking the USL school pole vault record. As a leader on the Ragin Cajun team, he became the Southland Conference Champion (1972), and was named an All-American (1972 & 1973). He competed in the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Trials in the pole vault, and qualified for the Olympic trials in the decathelon, but could not compete in this event due to injury. Mr. Dalton was Invited to the New Orleans Breakers USFL camp after hitting the gondola in the Superdome during tryouts.

Holy Cross accolades:

  • Three-year Letterman for the Tiger track team
  • Captain of the track team in his senior year
  • Catholic League pole vault champion as a senior
  • Times-Picayune Field Athlete of the Year as a senior
  • First high school pole vaulter to clear 14ft
 Kenny Hrapmann ’68


Mr. Hrapmann was a four-year letterman in baseball, and three-year letterman in football, basketball and track. He was named All-State in 1967 and All-District in 1966 & 1967 in football. The football team was the state runner-up in 1967. As a baseball player, Mr. Hrapmann was a four-year starter and was named All-District in 1968. In addition, he was named the Outstanding Amateur Athlete for Greater New Orleans in 1967 and named Outstanding track athlete in 1968 and football player in 1967. Mr. Hrapmann scored the most points in the state in 1967, tallying 148 points on the season. He set a school record in 1966 with 11 interceptions in 1966, and never lost to a Catholic League team in his years playing football. In his years in the Tiger football program, the teams only lost 4 games in his entire high school career. Upon graduation from Holy Cross, he was offered college scholarships in all four sports he participated in. He chose to play football at Northwestern State, playing four years for the Demons. In 1989, he was named to the Northwestern State “N” Club Hall of Fame.

Holy Cross accolades:

  • Four-year Letterman in baseball
  • Three-year Letterman in football, basketball and track
  • All-State in football as a senior
  • All-District in football as a junior and senior
  • Holds school record of 11 interceptions in a single season
 Chuck Knowles ’69 


Mr. Knowles was a three-year letterman in both football and baseball. He was named the District’s Outstanding player in 1968 and named to the All-District team on offense and defense. He was also selected as the state’s most outstanding lineman in 1968. Additionally, he was named All-City in football, and a Scholastic America All-American. As a star for the Tigers on the baseball diamond, Mr. Knowles was the winning pitcher on the baseball state championship team in 1969, finishing the season with a perfect 8-0 record on the mound. Mr. Knowles was named to the All-State baseball team and was the All-City MVP. He was also a team captain in both football and baseball. Mr. Knowles would leave Holy Cross, and head to Lafayette to play football and baseball for USL.

Holy Cross accolades:

  • Three-year Letterman in football and baseball
  • Scholastic America All-American
  • State’s Most Outstanding Lineman as a senior
  • District’s Most Outstanding Player as a junior in football
  • All-City and All-District in football (offense and defense)
  • Pitched the Tigers to the 1969 baseball state championship
  • All-State and All-City MVP in baseball
  • Tiger captain for football and baseball
 David “Buck” Landry ‘61


Mr. Landry was a three-year letterman in football, wrestling and track and field. As a senior, he earned All-State honors in football. Mr. Landry was a three-time All-State wrestler, and served as a captain of Tiger football and wrestling teams. He would go on to become a three-year starter in football at Tulane, earned his PhD, and is the current President of the University of Holy Cross (formerly known as Our Lady of Holy Cross College)

Holy Cross accolades:

  • Three-year Letterman in football, wrestling and track
  • All-State in football his senior year
  • Three-time All-State wrestler
  • Captain of the Tiger football and wrestling teams
 Harry Nunez ‘62 


Mr. Nunez was a four-year letterman in football and baseball and earned another letter in track. He was named All-State, All-Catholic, and All-District in football in 1961, serving also as co-captain. On the baseball field, Mr. Nunez was named All-Catholic and All-District in 1961 and 1962. He was also a co-captain for the Tiger baseball team. He earned an athletic scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana, where he was a four-year letterman in football and was named the team MVP in 1965. He begins his 50th year of coaching this year.

Holy Cross accolades:

  • Four-year Letterman in football
  • Four-year Letterman in baseball
  • Letterman in track
  • Co-Captain of football and baseball teams
  • All-State, All-Catholic, All-District in football
  • All-Catholic and All-District in baseball
 William “Billy” Rapp ’83


Mr. Rapp was a three-year letterman in baseball for the Tigers, playing for Holy Cross Hall of Fame coach, Lou Carboni. He was named All-State in 1982 and 1983. Mr. Rapp was a three-time All-Metro and All-District selection between 1981-83, and was named the Catholic League MVP in 1982. He was the Catholic League batting champ in 1981 with a .435 batting average. He also led the Tigers with a 15-6 record on the mound over his final two years. The Tigers won the triple crown of titles, taking home the Catholic League, Legion & Metro championships in 1982. His tenure in the blue and gold was noticed as he was named to the 1980’s All-Decade team by the Times-Picayune. Mr. Rapp went on to play outfield and second base for the Tulane Green Wave.

Holy Cross accolades:

  • Two-year Letterman in baseball
  • Named to the 1980’s All-Decade team by the Times Picayune
  • Two-time All-State
  • Three-time All-Metro
  • Three-time All-Catholic League
  • Catholic League MVP and batting champion
  • Member of Catholic League, Legion and Metro championship teams
 Chris Thompson ’00 


Mr. Thompson was a three-year letterman in football and track. He was named All-District in 1999. Mr. Thompson became a two-time All-American at Nicholls State, and a three-time First Team All-Southland selection. He holds the Nicholls State single-game interception record, picking off three passes in a win over Arkansas State in 2001. Following his career at Nicholls, Thompson went on to be drafted in the fifth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2004 NFL Draft. He added stints with the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills before going on to play eight years in the Canadian Football League. Thompson started his CFL career with the Edmonton Eskimos and also played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes. He was selected as an All-Star twice in his career, including in 2008 when he led the league with nine interceptions. That season, he was named Hamilton's Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Thompson is currently the secondary coach at Nicholls State.

Holy Cross accolades:

  • Three-year Letterman in football
  • Three-year Letterman in track
  • All-Catholic League
 

2015 Hall of Fame Class

Brother Melchior Polowy C.S.C.Between the time he organized the first wrestling team at Holy Cross in 1944 and his retirement from coaching in 1971, Brother Melchior led the Tigers to a 23-1 record in state championship meets. His Holy Cross team defeated Newman in the first wrestling dual meet reported in Louisiana. The New Orleans Athletic Club sponsored the state's first prep wrestling tournament, and the Tigers claimed their first state title. Other than in 1951, when Holy Cross did not compete, and in 1968, when East Jefferson edged Holy Cross by two points, the Tigers never lost a state meet under his direction. Brother Melchior passed in 1997. The state wrestling championship trophies in each division bear his name. 

Holy Cross accolades:
  • Brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross
  • Served as Holy Cross Athletic Director
  • Head Wrestling Coach from 1944-1971, winning 23 State Team Titles
 Hank Lauricella ’48As a star football player at Holy Cross who shined in Coach Lou Brownson’s single-wing offense, Lauricella earned All-Prep honors in his senior season. At the University of Tennessee, he was unanimously selected as an All-American and voted the Heisman Trophy runner-up, with both honors coming in 1951. Volunteer nation knew him as “Mr. Everything”, as he led UT to the National Championship in his senior year. Lauricella was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981, and served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1964-1972 and the State Senate from 1972-1996.

Holy Cross accolades:
  • Helped lead the team to the City Championship in 1947
  • Named All-Prep in 1947
  John KalbacherThroughout his years of coaching at Holy Cross School, Coach Kalbacher compiled a record that sits atop the list of winningest coaches in Tiger Football history. He coached at Holy Cross from 1958-1975, and his teams won five District Championships and one State Championship. He also coached the American Legion Baseball team to a Championship.

Holy Cross accolades:
  • Winningest Football Coach in school history with 134 victories
  • Overall record of 134 wins, 53 losses and 7 ties
  • Coached the team to the 1963 State Championship
    Joseph Lawrence Heap ’51Joe Heap was a member of the football team from 1947 to 1950. He earned four varsity letters in football and three in track while attending Holy Cross. During his three seasons as a starter, Heap scored 55 touchdowns, and helped the Tigers win the 1950 Prep League Championship. After graduating from Holy Cross, he headed to South Bend, Indiana where he started at halfback for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. He played for the Irish from 1952 to 1954. Demonstrating his dedication off the field as well, he was named an Academic All-American three times. As of 2011, he is the only Notre Dame football player to be named to the Academic All-America team that many times. He holds the record for receiving yards by a Notre Dame halfback, with 1,137 for his career. In the 1955 NFL Draft, the Giants selected Heap with the eighth overall pick in the first round. After playing for the Giants, Heap joined the United States Air Force for three years of service, ultimately becoming a Lieutenant Colonel. In 2008, he was named to the Sugar Bowl/Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.

Holy Cross accolades:
  • Catholic All-American, All-Southern, All-State, All-Prep
  • Co-Captain of the 1950 Prep League Champions
 Herman “BUTCH” Duhe’A triple-threat on the field as a quarterback, middle linebacker and kicker made him invaluable to the Holy Cross Tigers in the 1965 and 1966 seasons. He has often been described as “the ultimate competitor”. With “Butch” leading the way, two of the largest crowds to ever turn out for prep football in the city, witnessed the Tigers defeating the Blue Jays by scores of 14-0 and 20-7 respectively. Unusual for a quarterback, Butch’s motto was “run first; throw if you have to”. His college career at LSU and his life were cut short by his untimely death due to a brain aneurysm. Teammates and opponents of Butch Duhe’ attest to his strength, leadership and character. His legacy lives on at Holy Cross, where each football season the student-athlete who best embodies those ideals is honored with the “Butch Duhe’ Award.” 

Holy Cross accolades:
  • Football Captain in 1966 season
  • Member of the varsity track and baseball teams
 Lou Deutschman ’53Lou was a three sport letterman in 1953, excelling in football, baseball and track. He earned All-Prep honors in football. After graduating from Holy Cross, he attended LSU where he had a stellar career as a running back for LSU.

Holy Cross accolades:
  • Named All-Prep in football
     Barry Wilson ‘64Barry Wilson graduated from Holy Cross in 1964, and was a member of the 1963 State Championship Football Team. He was named All-District, All-Catholic, All-State and a high school All-American. In addition, he was a two-time State Wrestling Champion, and a member of the basketball team. He attended LSU, where he was an All-SEC lineman and voted Captain of the 1967 Fighting Tigers.

Holy Cross accolades:
  • Captain of the 1963 State Champion football team
  • Two-time State Wrestling Champion
  • Head Football Coach of the Tigers from 2002-2014
  • Named District Coach of the Year in 2009
   BILLY TRUAX ’60Billy Truax is arguably, the finest all-around tight end ever to come out of New Orleans. He was All-Prep at Holy Cross, and named All-Southeastern Conference at LSU. He was a second-round NFL draft choice by both the NFL’s Cleveland Browns and the AFL’s Houston Oilers. He signed with Cleveland, but after sitting out weeks with an injury, he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams. He would go on to win a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI. He played seven years with the Los Angeles Rams and three with the Dallas Cowboys. He was, above all, a winner, with his teams going 18-8-2 in four seasons at Holy Cross, 26-6-1 at LSU (with victories over Texas in the Cotton Bowl and Colorado in the Orange Bowl) and 89-45-6 in the NFL, with five playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title.

Holy Cross accolades:
  • Football Co-captain, All-State, All-Prep, All-Catholic, All-Southern honorable mention All-American nomination spot for Louisiana
 Michael Calamari ’60Mike Calamari competed in football, wrestling, and track teams at Holy Cross. Calamari was chosen All-Prep and All -Catholic in football, won the state championship in wrestling and lettered in track. Mike attended Tulane University where he was elected captain of the football team and earned All-SEC honors.

Holy Cross accolades:
  • All-Prep & All-Catholic in football
  • State Champion in wrestling
  • Track letterman
   Earl Schneider, Sr. ’55Earl Schneider was a football and track standout at Holy Cross from 1951-1955. In his first year of a 4-year letterman stint in track, Earl ran a 9.8 time in the 100-yard dash – the fastest finish by a high school athlete at that time. He was a 2-year letterman in football and, as a senior, compiled the first 1000-yard season ever accomplished in high school athletics. Earl scored 120 + points for the Tigers in his senior season, serving as a captain of both football and track teams. He was named All-Prep, All-State, All-Southern, and Catholic All-American, as well as a Sugar Bowl athlete recipient. Upon graduation from SLU, he returned to Holy Cross in 1961 as a football and track coach, and as a math teacher. He retired from the classroom in 1987 but continues to work at Holy Cross to this day. “Coach Earl” has 55 years of service to the Holy Cross School. 

Holy Cross accolades:
  • Named a Catholic All-American, All-Southern, All-State & All-Prep in football
  • First running back to eclipse 1000 yards in a season in the State of Louisiana
  • Coached Holy Cross Track and Field teams for 22 years
 VICTOR (VIC) M. EUMONT ’64Vic Eumont is one of the most accomplished athletes in the rich history of Holy Cross Tiger athletics. A three-sport athlete, Eumont was All-State for multiple years in wrestling and selected All-State in his senior year in football. He lettered in football and wrestling four years, and was selected co-captain of the 1964 State Champion Wrestling Team and won the heavyweight crown. In football, he played guard and linebacker, and was chosen as tri-captain in his senior season. Eumont helped lead the Tigers to a 12-0-1 record and the 1963 State Football Championship. The 1963 team, along with the 1945 team are the only football state championships won by Holy Cross. He played collegiately at Tulane before entering the U.S Army. His college coaching career included stints at Tulane, Kansas, New Mexico, and UL-Lafayette. His stops on the high school level took him to Brother Martin, De La Salle, and head coaching positions at Holy Cross, Jesuit, and Harvard-Westlake in California. 

Holy Cross accolades:
  • Three-sport athlete (football, wrestling, & baseball)
  • Tri-Captain of the 1963 Football State Champions
  • Co-Captain of the 1964 Wrestling State Champions
  • 1964 Heavyweight State Wrestling Champion
  • All-State in football and wrestling
 Coach Lou CarboniCoach Carboni is a three-year letterman in baseball, twice earning All-District honors and serving as a captain of the 1968 team. His career continued as a junior college Honorable Mention All-American and All-Conference player before playing at Loyola University under legendary Coach Louis “Rags” Scheuermann. His teaching career began in 1973, teaching math, physical education and driver’s education at St. John Prep. He also taught at De La Salle and East St. John before returning to Holy Cross in 1980. After serving as an assistant baseball coach at St. John Prep and De La Salle, his first head coaching job was at East St. John. After two seasons, he was named the head baseball coach at Holy Cross, where he would serve for 25 years. Coach Carboni guided the Holy Cross-based Saucer Marine American Legion baseball team to a state championship in 1982. In 1987, Holy Cross was the state runner-up in prep baseball. In 1996, he was honored as the Class 5A State “Coach of the Year” for prep baseball. He is the longest tenured head baseball coach in Tiger history, and his 417 wins rank him as the winningest baseball coach in school history. The Holy Cross baseball program recognizes excellence on the diamond by giving the Lou Carboni Award to the most outstanding player. Known for his debate skills both on and off the field, it is only fitting that the Holy Cross debate program also recognizes the coach of the winning team at its national debate competition with the Lou Carboni Award. In addition, the outstanding freshman debater receives the same honor at its annual award ceremony. 

Holy Cross accolades:
  • Two-time All-District selection as a player
  • Winningest Head Baseball Coach in school history with 417 wins
  • 5A State Coach of the Year in 1996
  • Led Tigers to State Runner-up in 1987
  • Coached the Holy Cross based American Legion State Champions in 1982