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Holy Cross School Announces Retirement of Athletic Director Barry Wilson

NEW ORLEANS, LA (May 9, 2017) – Holy Cross School has announced the retirement of Athletic Director Barry Wilson at the end of this school year. A 1964 graduate of Holy Cross School, Wilson was head football coach for 12 years and was named director of athletics in 2014.

Wilson has worked in the coaching profession for 46 years, including 32 years in university athletics at LSU, Mississippi State, Oregon State, Wyoming, UL, Iowa State and Arkansas State. He earned his bachelor of science degree from LSU, where he was captain of the 1967 LSU football team. Wilson was an All-SEC selection and a member of the football teams that competed in the 1966 Cotton Bowl and the 1968 Sugar Bowl. In 1980, Wilson was chosen as the SEC Assistant Coach of the Year by the Birmingham Touchdown Club. He is a member of the LHSAA, LSHCA, the LSU “L Club” and a lifetime member of the American Football Coaches Association. 

During his time as a student at Holy Cross School, Wilson was a member of the 1963 State Championship football team and was named All-District, All-Catholic, All-State and a high school All-American. He was a two-time State Wrestling Champion and a member of the basketball team.

Wilson made the announcement to retire alongside his long-time classmate Charles DiGange, who is retiring at the end of this school year after 13 years as headmaster of Holy Cross School. The two have known each other since childhood, having attended grade school and high school together. Both are 1964 graduates of Holy Cross School.

“Coach Wilson has been an important part of the Holy Cross family for many years, and he was instrumental in keeping our football program alive after our campus was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina,” said DiGange. The school set up a satellite campus in Baton Rouge and Holy Cross became the first New Orleans school to resume football in late September that year. The Tigers won four of six games that season, finished second in the Catholic league and made the state playoffs.

“We owe a great deal of gratitude to Coach Wilson for uniting our boys and bringing them hope, when many of our families had just lost everything,” said DiGange. “We thank him for his many years of service to Holy Cross School and the athletic profession and wish him the best in his retirement.”

The school will form a search committee and will conduct a national search for Wilson’s replacement.

For more information about Holy Cross School please visit http://www.holycrosstigers.com or call (504) 942-3100. Follow Holy Cross School on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

About Holy Cross School

Holy Cross School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school founded in 1849 by the Congregation of Holy Cross School to educate young men from metropolitan New Orleans. Serving students grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12, Holy Cross School is fully accredited by the Louisiana State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and holds memberships in the National Catholic Educational Association, the National Middle School Association and the National High School Association. A Holy Cross School education engages the whole man – mind and heart, body and soul – and is rooted in the teachings of Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross. For more information about Holy Cross School visit www.holycrosstigers.com or call 504.942.3100.

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