Athletic Hall of Fame

Announcing the 2018 Sports Hall of Fame Class!
 
 
Congratulations to you and your families! 
 
Joseph Aillet '23
Bill Clements
Hillary Chollet '45
Ray Hester '67
John Lynch '26
Ed Heider '46
Don Maestri
Allan Rappold '65
Glenn Smith '65
Dalton Truax '53
August Vegas '66
Mark Delesdernier III '75
Bobby Wattigny '68 
Billy Kennedy '82
Glenn Herbert '71
 
 
 

 

Joseph Aillet* ’23 – Aillet was born Joseph Fuourka. In 1905, he arrived in Opelousas as an infant on an orphan train from New York City. Father Johanni Roguet of St. Anne’s Church in Youngsville claimed him and convinced Eliza Aillet, his housekeeper, to adopt him. Eliza renamed him Joseph Roguet Aillet. Aillet entered Holy Cross in 1916. He played five sports in his senior year - football, basketball, baseball, track and tennis. He was a fullback on the first Holy Cross football team, played guard in basketball, and was the captain and left fielder on the baseball team. Aillet was active in several organizations - Dramatic Club, Orchestra Band, Holy Name Society, Gold and Blue Staff and Glee Club and was voted Senior Class President. He attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, playing all sports and participating in the Men’s Chorus. Aillet served as a coach at Haynesville High for nine seasons, leading them to the state championship game in 1932. At the collegiate level, his career began at Louisiana Normal, now Northwestern State University, where he assisted the Demons to their first perfect season. As Head Football Coach at Louisiana Tech, Aillet led the Bulldogs to a 151-86-8 record and nine conference championships over 26 years. He also coached the golf team for 15 seasons, winning the Gulf States Conference ten times. He served as Tech’s Athletic Director from 1940 to 1970 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Joe Aillet Stadium, known as “The Joe” and the Louisiana Tech home field, was dedicated in his honor in 1972, a year after his passing. Aillet was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.

 

Holy Cross Accolades:
• Member of the inaugural 1922 Holy Cross Football Team
• Four-year member of the baseball team
• Captain of the baseball team his senior year
• Five-sport athlete
 
Hillary Chollet* ’45 - Hillary Chollet was one of three brothers who attended Holy Cross and became a two-sport All-State athlete for the Tigers. While at Holy Cross, Chollet was a member of the football, basketball, and baseball teams. He also served as captain of the City Championship Football Team. Chollet went on to play football and basketball at Cornell University in New York. He set a record for most points scored in a game, 37, while playing basketball for Cornell. In football, he was chosen All-Ivy League and Second Team AP All-American, and was considered one of the finest athletes ever to play for Cornell. In his professional life, he had a successful career in California as a dentist. The book White Coat and Sneakers, written by Hillary’s son, is based on his dad’s life story.

Holy Cross Accolades:
• Three-year Letterman for football, basketball and baseball
• Captain of the City Championship Football Team
• Two-sport All-State athlete
 
Coach Bill Clements - Bill Clements began his Holy Cross football coaching career in 1961 as defensive coordinator for the legendary John Kalbacher and was a member of the 1963 State Championship team staff. He also taught World Geography and coached high jump, triple jump and pole vault for the track and field team. Clement began his college coaching career in 1971 when he was hired as an assistant to the first-ever football coach at Nicholls State University. He became head coach in 1974, serving in that role until 1980. Under his direction, the Colonels won the Conference Championship in 1975, and Bill was honored as Louisiana Coach of the Year. For his hard work and dedication, Coach Clements was inducted into the Nicholls State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Holy Cross Accolades:
• 1963 State Championship Football Team Coaching Staff
• Head Track and Field Coach
 
 Mark Delesdernier III ’75 - Mark “Trippi” Delesdernier was a four-year Letterman in football and a two-year Letterman in wrestling. He was selected to the All-District and All-State football teams and was awarded the prestigious Butch Duhe award by Coach Kalbacher in his junior and senior years. Delesdernier was an All-District, All-City and All-State wrestling champion in 1974 and 1975. He was a member of the National Honor Society and ranked in the top 10 percent of his class. Furthering his education at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Delesdernier competed in football, wrestling and crew and was subsequently elected to their Athletic Hall of Fame. Following Hurricane Katrina, Delesdernier generously dedicated his time and talents to serve as an assistant coach to the 2006 Holy Cross wrestling team.

Holy Cross Accolades:
• Four-year Letterman in football and 1974 Co-Captain
• Two-year Letterman in wrestling
• All-District and All-State football teams junior and senior years
• Awarded the prestigious Butch Duhe Award junior and senior years
• All-District, All-City and All-State wrestling champion in 1974 and 1975

 
Ed Heider* ’46 – Ed Heider was a four-sport Letterman in football, basketball, track and field, and baseball. From 1946-1950, he attended Tulane University on a football scholarship, where he lettered two years in football and two years in baseball. As a freshman, Heider led the team in scoring and caught seven straight passes against national champion Notre Dame, and he was a member of the 1949 Tulane Southeastern Conference Champions Team. In 1950, Heider became the assistant football, basketball and track coach at Holy Cross, but left to serve in the Army in Korea. In 1952, he became the assistant football, basketball and head track coach at French High School in Beaumont, Texas before returning to Holy Cross in 1956 as assistant football, basketball and head track coach. In 1957, the Holy Cross Track team won the City title. As head football, basketball and track coach at St. Bernard High School, Heider had an impressive career and was named Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers in football and basketball. He also served as the director of the St. Bernard Parish Recreation Department for 12 years and started girls’ volleyball, basketball, track and softball. He taught social studies and drivers education at Mount Carmel Academy before retiring in 1988. In 1995, Heider was inducted into the St. Bernard Parish Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Holy Cross Accolades:
• Member of the 1944 Holy Cross Comiskey American Legion City, State and Regional Baseball Champions
• Member of the 1945 Holy Cross City and State Champions in football, basketball, and track and field
• All-Prep First Team - Fullback
• Class AA, All-State High School Team
• Louisiana Prep All-Southern Team - Back
• Basketball Center MVP in the New Orleans Prep League
• All-State Basketball Center
• All-State Outfielder on Holy Cross Comiskey American Legion Team
• All-Legion Team - Center Field
 
Glenn Herbert ’71 –During the mid-to-late 1960s, after court rulings and state law changes permitted the desegregation of schools, Glenn Herbert was in the initial group of African-American students to attend Holy Cross and became the first recognized Holy Cross African-American athlete. Similar to Jackie Robinson, the major league baseball player who broke the color barrier in professional sports, Herbert and other African-American prep students courageously led the way for future African-American youth to receive a Holy Cross Catholic education. Holy Cross and its family of staff and students are forever grateful for his commitment to become a Holy Cross Man. While at Holy Cross, Herbert participated as a member of the football team in 1969 and 1970 and was a starting fullback his senior year.

Holy Cross Accolades:
• First African-American Holy Cross football player after desegregation
• Two-year Letterman in football
• Team MVP in 1970
 
Ray Hester* ’67 -  Ray Hester was an outstanding linebacker for the Tigers for three seasons. He was an All-District selection in 1965-1966 and served as co-captain of the 1966 football team. Upon graduation, Hester played linebacker at Tulane University, helping lead a resurgence of Greenie football by starting in 32 straight games. Hester also anchored the Green Wave defense for the Tulane 1970 Liberty Bowl Champion team, the first Tulane bowl game since 1940. In 1971, Ray was signed as a free agent by the New Orleans Saints and played linebacker for the team until 1973, becoming the first Tulane football player to play for the Saints. He finished his professional career by playing the next year with Hawaii of the World Football League. Ray was chosen as a member of the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983.

Holy Cross Accolades:
• Three-year football Letterman linebacker
• All-district 1965-66
• Co-captain of the 1966 football team
 
William Kennedy ’82 - William “Billy” Kennedy, Jr. was an All-District basketball player in his two seasons at Holy Cross, as well as a team captain. He continued his basketball career at Delgado Community College and was a student assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana University. Kennedy is currently the head men’s basketball coach at Texas A&M University, a position he has held since 2011. He previously was head coach at Murray State University for five seasons, as well as at Centenary College and Southeastern Louisiana University.

His outstanding coaching accomplishments include:
• 2004 & 2005 Southland Conference Championships and Coach of the Year
• 2005 Southland Conference Tournament Coach of the Year
• 2010 & 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Championships and Coach of the Year
• 2016 SEC Championship and Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year
• Career Record (major schools): 20 Years, 348-277, NCAA Tournament: 4 Years (5-4)

Holy Cross Accolades:
• Two-year basketball Letterman
• All-district 1980-82
• Captain of the basketball team
 
Coach John Lynch* - After graduation from Holy Cross, John Lynch was named the school’s third head football coach in 1926, and remained through 1932, with an overall record of 24-24-3. He went on to help form the Louisiana High School Officials Association in 1935. He was head referee of the Holy Cross vs. Jesuit game in 1940, where a record-setting crowd of 34,000 attended. At the college level, he became the top-ranking referee in the Southeastern Conference and remained so until he retired in 1962. He served as president and vice-president of the Southeastern Football Officials in 1953 and was Chief Referee in 1953, and conducted rules clinics for referees. He had the distinction of being the only referee to officiate in all four major bowl games (Sugar, Rose, Orange, Cotton). Throughout his life, Johnny devoted countless hours to supporting Holy Cross School. As head of the Development Committee, Johnny was instrumental in raising funds for additions to the educational and athletic facilities and new brothers’ residence. For his untiring contributions to the welfare of his high school Alma Mater, Johnny was chosen as a recipient of the Holy Cross Man of the Year Award in 1967. Johnny was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.

Holy Cross Accolades:
• Captain and All-Prep Center on the 1925 football team
• Head football coach and Athletic Director, 1926-1932
• Head referee of the Holy Cross vs. Jesuit game 1940
• Served as Chair of the Development Committee and Holy Cross Foundation
 
Coach Don Maestri – Don Maestri was the head basketball coach at Holy Cross from 1970-1979 and the junior varsity coach from 1969-1970. In 10 seasons at Holy Cross he posted a 211-99 record. In 1973 the Tigers made their first state playoff after a 15-year absence. During the 1974 season, the team had a 35-6 record and finished as the state runner-up. The 1976 team won the Catholic League, defeating St. Augustine in the Superdome. The 1976 team finished with a 32-3 record and ranked 11th in the nation. Maestri’s Holy Cross teams finished first or second place six times during his tenure. Maestri spent one year as an assistant at Mississippi State and then two years at Alabama. Maestri was named head coach at Troy University in 1982. His Division II teams played in four post-season tournaments, two Final Fours and were National Runner-up in 1993 in Troy’s last year as a Division II school. In Division I, Troy played in four more post-season tournaments and won 7 conference championships. Over three decades at Troy he racked up 501 wins, eight Coach of the Year honors in five different conferences. Troy still holds current NCAA records for most three pointers made in a Division II game at 51 and in a Division I game at 28 threes. Troy holds the record for most points ever scored by one team in the NCAA history (any division) at 258 points. Maestri spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Texas A&M under Billy Kennedy.

 

Holy Cross Accolades:
• Head basketball coach at Holy Cross from 1970-1979
• Junior varsity basketball coach 1969-1970
• Led basketball team to first state playoff in 1973 after 15-year absence
• State Runner-up Basketball Team 1974
 
 
 
 
Alan Rappold ’65 – Allan Rappold was a star running back on the 1962-1964 football teams, including the legendary 1963 State Champions. Rappold was known for his physical, north-south running style, but he was also blessed with great speed. Hampered by injuries his senior year, he entered the game versus Redemptorist for one play and scored the game-winning touchdown on an 80-yard run for 7-0 victory. He earned a football scholarship to Mississippi State, where he played running back for two seasons. Trading in his cleats and helmet for picks and drills, Rappold looked to his future by attending LSU Dental School and building a thriving practice.

 
 
Holy Cross Accolades:
• Four-year football Letterman
• 1963 State Championship Football Team Member
• Tri-captain of the 1964 Tiger Football Team
• Member of the Basketball and Track teams
• All Prep
• All District
• Coach & Athlete All American
 
Glenn Smith* ’65 – Glenn Smith was an outstanding running back and fullback for the Tigers from 1962-1964 and was a member of the highly-regarded 1963 State Championship team. He also was a Track team member. Among his many football successes as a Holy Cross Tiger, he is remembered for his stellar feat versus St. Aloysius in a 20-13 win when he almost single-handedly beat the Crusaders. Glenn scored three touchdowns on a kickoff return, punt return and pass reception from Butch Duhe. He attended LSU on a football scholarship, lettering for two years. In 1968, wearing the Purple and Gold, Smith garnered the distinct honor of being the first sophomore ever to be named the Miller-Digby Award recipient as Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player. Trailing throughout the game, in the second half, Smith was inserted into the lineup and helped turn the game into a 20-13 victory for the Tigers over the Wyoming Cowboys, whose team included Jim Kiick, a later member of the Miami Dolphins’ Super Bowl Champions team.

Holy Cross Accolades:
• Three-year football Letterman and Track team member
• 1963 State Championship Team Member
• Tri-captain for 1964 football season
• Catholic All-American Team
• Coach and All-American Team Honorable Mention
• All-State Honorable Mention
• All-Prep
• LSWA All-Star Team
• States-Item All-District Team
• MVP District V, Class AAA
 
Dalton Truax ’53 – Dalton Truax, Jr. was a four-sport Lettermen in football, basketball, baseball and wrestling. He was All-Prep and All-Legion in baseball, the State Wrestling Heavyweight Champ, was named to the Clarion Herald’s “Team for All Ages,” and played in the 1952 high school All-Star game. Upon graduation, he attended Tulane University on a football scholarship, where he lettered for three years. In his senior year, he co-captained the football team and received “The Most Outstanding Lineman Award.” He participated in the Senior Bowl game in 1956, (where Head Coach Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns said he was “The Best Offensive Lineman I’ve coached in the Senior Bowl”), as well as in the Blue-Gray game the same year. In 1957, he was selected to play in the College All-Star game and also was selected to the second team All-S.E.C. and honorable mention All-American. Following his senior year in 1957, he was drafted in the third round by the Green Bay Packers. Before the start of the season, he was traded to the New York Giants and spent all of ’57 and part of ’58 with the Giants at the guard position. He missed the 1959 season because of injuries but moved to the Oakland Raiders for the 1960 season and was the starting left tackle. He played under Vince Lombardi at New York and on the same team as Tom Flores and Jim Otto at Oakland. In 1981, he was inducted into the Tulane Hall of Fame and is also a member of the St. Bernard Hall of Fame. Truax’s success at Holy Cross was a major factor in starting the line of Truax family members to attend Holy Cross, including cousin Billy, brother Mike, cousin Jesse, nephews Hank and Kurt Tatje and son Dalton, III.

Holy Cross Accolades:
• Four-year Letterman in football
• Three-year Letterman in baseball
• Senior Year - State Wrestling Champion in Heavyweight Class
 
August Vegas ’66 -  August Vegas was a five-year Letterman for the Holy Cross Tiger Wrestling Team. As an eighth grader in 1962 weighing 95 pounds, Vegas placed second in the State Tournament. He captured his first State title the following year as a 112-pound freshman. Vegas would go on to win three more State titles in three different weight classes: 120, 127 and 138, earning “Most Improved Wrestler” and “Most Valuable Wrestler” awards.

Holy Cross Accolades:
• Five-year Letterman, wrestling
• 2nd State Tournament 1962
• Wrestling State Championship 1963
• Wrestling State Championship 1964
• Wrestling State Championship 1965
• Wrestling State Championship 1966
• Most Improved Wrestler Award and Most Valuable Wrestler Award
 
 
Robert “Bobby” Wattigny ’68 – Bobby Wattigny’s Holy Cross football career began as the backup quarterback for the famed Herman “Butch” Duhe. As a senior Letterman and co-captain, he led the league in passing and received the “Outstanding Back Award.” Wattigny helped lead the Tigers to the 1967 State Championship game versus the Airline Vikings. In a game played in rain and sleet, the Tigers lost 20-7. He was selected to the All-District/All-State teams as a senior, before going on to quarterback two years at University of Southern Mississippi and two at Northwestern State University.

Holy Cross Accolades:
• Three-year Letterman in football
• Co-captain football team 1967
• All-district, All-state 1967
• Outstanding Back Award 1967, Class AAA
• Member of 1967 football team with Holy Cross record for most wins (13) in a season
 
 *Awarded Posthumously
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

 
Roland Barbay, Jr. ’82 - Roland 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. 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 – Ray 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.  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 and 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 – Larry 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 and football
Pre-season All-State in football as a senior
Member of the 1967 state runner-up football team
 
Robert Gravolet ’83 – Robert 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.  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 and track
All-State second team in football as a senior
 
Roland Hymel, Jr. ’49 –  Roland 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,  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) –  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 C
hampionship 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 – Richard 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. 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, 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 – Coleman 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).  Ruiz was a two-time state wrestling champion and was undefeated as a junior and senior.  In 1993, he received the Butch Duhe Award.  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 – 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.  Ruiz served as a team captain in his senior year before going on to wrestle for USL.
Holy Cross Accolades:
Three-time Wrestling
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 – Karl 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 Cl
 
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 - Tony 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. 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,  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 -  William 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 - Billy 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. 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.  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 - Kenny 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, 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.  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 four 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  - Chuck 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, 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. 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.  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 - Buck Landry was a three-year letterman in football, wrestling and track and field. As a senior, he earned All-State honors in football.  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  - Harry 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, 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 - Billy 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.  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.  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  - Chris 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 ’48 - As 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
 
 
Coach John Kalbacher - Throughout 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 ’51 - Joe 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. Former LSU head coach Charles McClendon had called Duhe one of the top quarterbacks he ever had. 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 ’53 - Lou Deutschman 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 ‘64 - Barry 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 ’60 - Billy 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 ’60 - Michael 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. Calamari 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. ’55 - Earl 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, Schneider 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. Schneider 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 ’64 - Vic 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 Carboni - Coach 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
 
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 closed for the 2018 Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Nomination Instructions:
 Hall of Fame nominations are considered through submission using the an electronic form. All questions must be answered in their entirety to ensure that a nominee is thoroughly considered. There are three categories of nomination: Administrator, Coach and Competitor. 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