Rated by many as the finest amateur fighter in the history of New Orleans, Eddie climaxed an unbeaten year in the 1932 Olympics by defeating Eric Campe of Germany for the welterweight championship. Previously he had won the National AAU and Collegiate crowns. Eddie was the nation’s last Olympic champion until American fighters swept to five gold medals in the 1952 Olympics. The Tampa, Florida, native won more than 140 amateur fights before turning professional after his Olympic victory.
A builder and developer of champions, Tad came to Loyola in 1927 as head boxing, basketball and track coach as well as trainer for the Loyola football team. In 1932 Tad sent four of his athletes to the Olympics in Los Angeles – Boxers Dennis and Eddie Flynn and track and field stars Rolland Romero and Emmett Toppino. While at Loyola, Tad, who also served as track coach at Tulane and LSU, inaugurated the Sunday Morning Handicaps which attracted as many as 4000 fans.
The “Dixie Flyer” was the spearhead of Loyola’s only unbeaten and untied football team in 1926. When the Wolfpack rang up 335 points to capture the national scoring championship, the hard running halfback averaged 141 yards a game. Bucky was injured during most of 1927 but, in 1928, he was a sensation in most every game, scoring on a 98-yard run against Ole Miss and a 93-yard run against Spring Hill. The McComb, Mississippi, native, who won a spot on the All-Southern team, was nominated for football’s Hall of Fame in 1959.
After coming to Loyola as a hurdler – and injuring himself – Rolland devoted his talents exclusively to jumping. He gained notice during a junior AAU meet at Old Loyola Stadium when he leaped out of the pit during the hop, step and jump. He was freshman sensation in that event when he represented the US in the 1932 Olympics. Four years later, in the 1936 games in Berlin, he finished fifth with a leap of 49 feet six inches. Rolland set a National AAU record of 50-4 7/7 in 1935, a record that stood until 1941.
During the 1931 track season, Emmett established himself as one of the world’s greatest sprinters, finishing third in the national collegiate meet and second in the National AAU. In the 1932 Olympics, Emmett was a member of the winning 400-meter relay team which not only defeated the favored Germans, but established a world record of 40 seconds flat. In the 1932 Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, Toppino cracked the world record for 60 yards twice in the same night. During a tour of Africa, he officially tied the World record of 9.6 for the 100-yard dash.
Lloyd Bourgeois (1930-32): Bourgeois lettered in track 1930-1932, specializing in the hop, step and jump. He was a member of the 1928 United States Olympic team, competing in Belgium and France. While he did not win a medal, he is one of the few Loyolans to test world competition. Lloyd was also a jumper in several national track meets.
Clay Calhoun (1935-37): He played Varsity Football for Loyola from 1935-1937. Calhoun was named the nation’s outstanding small college fullback in 1937, earning Little All American selection. He captained the 1937 team, made All-Dixie and All-Louisiana first team in 1936 and 1937. In 1938 he Coached Loyola’s Freshman Football team and served as the first executive secretary of the Loyola Alumni Association in 1938-39.
Billy Roy (1934-36): He played Varsity Football for Loyola from 1934-1936 and later graduated from LSU Medical School. Captain of the football team and “Best Athlete” in 1936, he also won Little All America selection for his grid iron ability. Besides football, Roy was a champion pole vaulter and won a title for Loyola three consecutive years, being the first vaulter in Dixie to clear 14 feet.
A.D. Smith (1926): He served as a captain of 1926 football team, Loyola’s only undefeated team in the history of the program. He was an outstanding pivot who also lettered in baseball and track. In addition to his playing career at Loyola he coached freshman football and varsity baseball.
Frank Sullivan (1931-34): Sullivan was a rugged physical specimen at 6’2, 225 lbs. He performed as a 60 minute center for Loyola’s football team from 1931-1934 and was team captain in 1934. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, he played professional football with the Chicago Bears as first string offensive center, and also saw service with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Joe Tetlow (1928-31): The “Loyola Express” as he was known, Tetlow was an exceptional runner for Loyola football. He was a shifty scat-back who sparkled when he got into the open field. Some observers rated him one of the most elusive ball carriers ever seen on a New Orleans gridiron. He lettered in football from 1928-1930 and lettered in track from 1929-1931.
Leroy Chollet (1944-1945): Leroy Chollet played one glorious year for Loyola Men’s Basketball as a freshman in the 1944-1945 season. Chollet scored 470 points and helped lead Loyola to victory in the 1945 National Tournament. In the 1945 National Tournament Chollet averaged 21 points per game and was named to the Tournament’s All-Star Team. Chollet then signed with Canisius College becoming a four sport athlete where he established the All-Time Men’s Basketball scoring record of 1,117 points in three seasons with the Golden Griffins. After his collegiate playing career Chollet went on to play for the National Basketball Association’s Syracuse Nationals and became a player-coach for the Utica Club of the American Basketball League.
Pete Gaudin (1954-58): Gaudin played basketball for three years and baseball for one year for the Wolfpack. While playing basketball under fellow Loyola Hall of Famer Jim McCafferty, he led the Wolfpack in scoring and rebounding all three seasons on the team. He scored over 1,300 points, which was a school record at the time for a three year player. In 1957, he was the third best foul shooter in the nation when Loyola was a NCAA D-I team. After his senior season, he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons, although he selected to play for the Phillip “66” Oilers of the National Industrial Basketball League. He was inducted in the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
“Big Jim” McCafferty (1938 – 1957): “Big Jim” McCafferty was the Renaissance Man of Loyola Athletics. McCafferty came to Loyola in 1938 as a football player and earned his varsity letter. The football program was disbanded in 1939 and McCafferty quickly transitioned into one of Loyola’s most celebrated basketball players. “Big Jim” played basketball for the Wolfpack from 1940-1943. He was named to All-Dixie Conference Team in 1941 and led the team in scoring his junior and senior seasons. His crowning achievement as a Wolfpack basketball player came when he won MVP of the Dixie Basketball Conference his senior season. McCafferty stayed with the Wolfpack after his player career as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for 8 years from 1942-1950, highlighted by Loyola’s National Championship in 1945. McCafferty later became Loyola’s Head Basketball Coach and Athletic Director in addition to being the Track coach for 11 years. McCafferty left Loyola as a living legend in 1957 to become the head basketball coach at Xavier University in Cincinnati from 1957-63, where he also served as Athletic Director from 1961-1979. “Big Jim” McCafferty left an unparalleled mark on Loyola Athletics. He passed away in Seattle, Washington in September 2006.
Charles Powell (1967-69): Loyola’s first black scholarship athlete, Powell played basketball for three years at Loyola. He held Wolfpack records in individual season scoring, scoring average and most field goals. He was an All American candidate and averaged 15.1 points per game in the 1966-67 season, where he scored 20 or more points seven times.
Louis “Rags” Scheuermann (1958-72): Scheuermann coached baseball at Loyola from 1958-1972, winning 240 games. He is Loyola’s winningest baseball coach and built the baseball program into one of the most respected in the South. Scheuermann was also one of the first coaches to schedule college baseball games at night. After leaving Loyola, he went on to Delgado Community College, winning 80 percent of his games and participating in the 1985 Junior College World Series. Scheuermann retired from coaching in 1990.
Blaise S. D’Antoni (1920’s): Served as Athletic Director and President of Loyola’s Athletic council in the 1920’s. He was instrumental in organizing football at Loyola and was the driving force behind the construction of Loyola’s stadium and gymnasium. D’Antoni greatly inspired the undefeated 1926 football team.
Weldon “Pappy” Cousins (1947-49): Played baseball for three years and served as team captain for two years. Cousins was an outstanding infielder for the Wolfpack and let the team in home runs with seven in 1947. He ended his career hitting .440.
Charlie Jones (1969-72): Played basketball for Loyola for three years. Held Wolfpack records for individual rebounds in a season of 395 and career of 851. He was among the national scoring leaders in 1971-1972 averaging 15.8 points per game.
J. Kenneth Leithman (1950-52): Held the Loyola record with a ten-second 100-yard dash (without starting blocks) having never previously worn track shoes. He was named All-Conference four years in a row and was team captain in 1951. Leithman won in the 100 yard dash at the SAAU meet in 1951 and 1952 and was the leading point scorer for Loyola. He was also named the Most Valuable Trackman on a team which never placed less than third in four years of NCAA competition. Leithman broke two stadium records and was one-tenth of a second off the world record in the 60 yard dash and three-tenths of a second off the world record in the 100-yard dash. After being at Loyola, he organized the West Bank Relays, the largest high school track meet in the South.
Tyrone “Ty The Guy” (1969-1971): Played basketball for the Wolfpack for three years and ended his Loyola career as the All-Time scorer with 1628 points. Ty The Guy also held records for three throws with 398, consecutive free throws of 27, most points scored in a game of 53, most field goals in a game of 17 and free throws in a game of 19. After his career at Loyola, Marioneaux played professional basketball in Europe.
The 1945 National Championship Men’s Basketball Team:
Marion “Dookie” Dauphin (1955): After an All-prep career at Redemptorist High in New Orleans, Dookie Dauphin became a stalwart for the Loyola baseball program under the late Jack Orsley. From 1951-1955, Dookie compiled a career .325 batting average, leading the team twice in that category. In his senior year, Dookie batted .402. He holds the distinction of hitting three grand slams in consecutive games, one against LSU and two the next day against Southeastern. During Dookie’s Loyola career, the Wolfpack compiled a 67-22 record.
Lawrence J. Hoyt (1964): Prior to enrolling at Loyola University, Larry Hoyt was a Parade All-American in football and All-Sate in football and basketball at Catholic High, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Larry played both basketball and baseball for four years for the Wolfpack. During that time, he had a career batting average of .330, and averaged 11 points per game for the basketball team. He led the freshman team with a .417 batting average and as a sophomore hit .316 and led the pitching staff with a .075 ERA. Larry was the first freshman to D.H. Holmes Outstanding Student-Athlete Award and was the first Loyola athlete to win the Maroon’s Athlete of the Year Award twice. Following graduation, Larry signed a professional baseball contract with the Houston Astros.
Dr. James Hultberg (1949): Jim “Red” Hultberg was a two-sport athlete at Warren Easton High where he played both basketball and baseball and was named All-Prep in basketball. During his career at Loyola, Jim was honored as a second team NAIA All-American in 1945 and 1946 and was a starter on the 1945 national championship basketball team. He also received the D.H. Holmes Outstanding Student Athlete in 1945 and holds the Loyola career record of most games played with 152. Jim also is the eighth leading career scorer for the Wolfpack with 1,153 points.
Tom T. Schwaner (1963): After an outstanding prep career in baseball, football, and track at St. Aloysius, Tom Schwaner began what would be a storied career in baseball. For the Wolfpack, Tom compiled a .342 career batting average and batted .416 as a senior. He was the starting shortstop for the ‘Pack in 1958 and 1959, as he compiled a .942 fielding average. As a senior, he had 28 RBIs in only 21 games and received the Loyola L Club Award. Following his senior year, Tom signed a professional contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Tom has coached baseball at both Rummel and Brother Martin High Schools, served as assistant baseball coach at the University of New Orleans from 1978-1985, and started as the Head Baseball Coach of the Privateers in 1986. His teams have won 408 games and have made four NCAA Regional appearances.
Anthony Chimento (1952-56): From 1953-1956, Tony compiled a career batting average of .339 and led the Wolfpack during his senior year, batting .387. In 1954, Tony was voted Loyola’s MVP as a catcher and has been selected to Loyola’s all-time baseball team. Chimento was also named MVP at the AAABA tournament in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1953.
The 1951 Track Team: Following a ten year layoff from track and field, Coach Jim McCafferty had the challenging task of resurrecting a program back into high-level NCAA competition. From a 1948 intramural meet surfaced a group of local, inexperienced, yet talented athletes upon which the strong base was established to return Loyola to national prominence. Following a third-place finish in the eight-team Gulf States Conference championship meet, the Wolfpack returned in its second year to be edged out by Southwestern by one point. Loyola, however, still outscored LSU 146-101, winning the SAAU meet. Loyola sprinters placed first, second and third in the 100-yard dash, first, second, and third in the 220, and complemented the sweep by winning both the 440 and 880 yard relays, accounting for over half of the 109 championship points. The team, captained by Ken Leithman, won nine events, broke five conference records, and place in all but one event.
The 1952 Track Team: Captained by Joe Fuselier, the 1952 team continued the winning tradition established by the 1951 team. The team’s margin of victory, however, was lessened by injuries and unfavorable rulings from the GSC. Nevertheless, Loyola repeated its performance claiming the GSC championship, capturing the conference with a score of 76 points and outdistancing both Northwestern and Southwestern. Winning performances were turned in by Don Baradel, low hurdles, Roland Hymel, pole vault, Ray Rocker, shot put and discus, and the 880 relay, consisting of Larry Derbes, Ray Grenier, Ken Leithman, and Fritz Westenberger. These eight men were named to the All Conference Team. In the Southern Amateur Athletic Union meet, Loyola, with 176 points, outscored all other teams combined.
Inducted February 26, 2000
Erwin Caswell (1952-56): Erwin Caswell entered Loyola’s College of Business Administration in the fall of 1952 on a Breaux Scholarship. He lettered four years with the track team, was elected captain of the team in 1956 and was voted Most Valuable Trackman that same year. Following his graduation from Loyola, Caswell was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and spend six months on active duty and the next seven years in the Army Reserve. He was honorably discharged in 1964 with the rank of captain. In 1966, Caswell entered the Loyola College of Law and graduated in 1970. Caswell is the founding member and chair of the Coach James “Big Jim” McCafferty Basketball/Track Scholarship Committee. Through his guidance, the committee has raised over $100,000 for the endowed scholarship that will give tuition aid to a basketball or track student-athlete every year. He also serves on other committees with Loyola Athletics. Caswell is a strong supporter of all of Loyola’s teams and student-athletes by sharing of his time, talent, and treasure.
Ryan Dicharry (1992-1995):
Charles Gallmann (1952-56):
The 1950, 1951 & 1952 Tennis Teams: The Loyola tennis teams of the early 50’s were dominant. In 1950 they won the Gulf States Conference Championship, 11 of their 13 matches and went undefeated in the GSC. Members of the 1950 team were: Ken Crumley, Mel Bodle, Reggie Garcia, Jack Fox, Art Geil, John Sanguinette and Carroll Gordon. The 1951 team won the Gulf States Conference Championship and won every singles and double match. The maroon called them the best athletics team the university had ever had. Members of the 1951 team were: Ken Crumley, Mel Bodle, Bob Hanberg, Reggie Garcia, “Cookie” Garcia and Gene Ashby. The 1950 and 1951 teams were coached by Rev. J.J. Malloy, S.J. The 1952 team continued Loyola’s dominance and won a third straight Gulf States Conference Championship. Member of the 1952 team were: Bob Hanberg, Reggie Garcia, “Cookie” Garcia, Tony Fernandez, Latham “Skippy” Garcia, Larry Armand and they were coached by Reggie Garcia.
Inducted February 17, 2001
Brian Lumar (1992-96): After graduating from Archbishop Shaw High School, Brian attended Loyola from 1992-1996. He is Loyola’s all-time individual career scoring leader (1721), and third in career free throws (369). As a junior, Brian was named Honorable Mention All-American NAIA Division II. In 1994-1995, he led the basketball program to a 15-12 record, a Southwest Region championship, and a trip to the NAIA Division II national tournament in Nampa, Indiana. Brian was a four year starter for the Wolfpack and was named to the All-Conference GCAC team his senior season.
Anthony “Kaye” Occhipinti (1936-40): Kaye attended Loyola on a boxing scholarship from 1936-1940. He was the first New Orleans high school champion in the 90 lb. class as a freshman. Kaye was a two-time Golden Glove champion in the 118 lb. class and 126 lb. class. He was an SAAU champion and a Sugar Bowl champion in the 135 lb. class. His overall record at Loyola was 117-6-2.
Wally Pontiff, Sr. (1969-72): Pontiff pitched for three seasons for the Wolfpack baseball team. During his time in a Loyola uniform, he compiled a 17-5 record. His ERA during his three years at Loyola, 1.00 (1969-70), 1.83 (1970-71), and 2.03 (1971-72). Loyola discontinued athletics during what would have been his senior season, so Pontiff transferred to the University of Miami to play his final year. After playing a season for the Hurricanes, he signed a bonus contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Greg Suire (1989-92): In 1989, Greg embarked on the seemingly insurmountable task of reestablishing intercollegiate athletics at Loyola. Despite relentless criticism, lack of adequate funding, and no athletic scholarships, Greg persevered and began a club baseball team. This eventually led to his spearheading a three-year campus wide movement to bring competitive sports back to Loyola University. He spent countless hours formulating ways to establish and promote an athletic program. He lobbied university officials to consider the exciting prospects of bring athletes back to campus. For his efforts, he was met with skepticism and apathy by many of the Loyola community. Fortunately, his enthusiasm, positive energy, and passion for sport gained him support. And in the spring of 1991, Greg’s vision was realized when a university referendum was passed and Loyola athletics was reborn. He was the team captain of the baseball team in 1991 and 1992. His career batting average is .241.
Sewele Whitney (1936-40): After graduating from Terrebone High School in 1934, Sewele was awarded an athletic scholarship to Loyola bye virtue of a successful pre-college career in national AAU tournaments. Known as the “Terrebonne Terror,” he was a member of the boxing team from 1936-1940. He is the only Loyola athlete to win two NCAA championships. Sewele was also a three-time SAAU and Sugar Bowl champion. He won 58 of his 69 bouts, 22 by KOs. He was preparing for the 1940 Olympic Boxing Team, when the games were cancelled due to World War II.
Inducted January 19, 2002
Butler Powell Jr (1957-60): A product of St. Aloysius High School, Butler was the starting catcher for the Wolfpack baseball team from 1956 until 1960. Under his leadership, Loyola compiled an overall record of 46-24. He finished the 1958-59 season with a .354 batting average, which garnered him The Maroon’s Sports Citation award. In his final season with the maroon and gold, the Pack finished the season with a 16-2 record. Butler was given a key to the city on the day of his final game, which was proclaimed “Butler Powell” Day. He signed a bonus contract with the Milwaukee Braves following his Loyola career. Head Coach “Rags” Scheuermann described Butler as “a real leader, I like him because he is a winner; he does things for you and knows how to play. He is a great competitor and has a strong desire to win. He got the most out of the rest of the players.”
Roland Hymel (1949-53): Roland began his Loyola career after graduating from Holy Cross High School in 1949. He was the captain of the university’s first archery team, formed in 1950. The Wolfpack closed its inaugural campaign by winning Louisiana’s collegiate championship and were named #5 in the nation by the National Archery Association (NAA). That year Roland was named the #2 collegiate archer in the country by the NAA, a title he would garner again in 1952 and 1953. Loyola finished the 1951-52 season as Louisiana’s champions and was ranked second nationally behind Arizona State. Roland led Loyola to the state championship again in 1953, a year in which he received many individual honors. He set a New Orleans record by scoring 1,321 points in the city championship. At the state tournament, Roland set records in the single york, york, American, and clour competitions. He also competed in the Southern Archery Tournament in Mobile, Ala., where he finished first in the “wand” event. Roland was also a member of the championship track and field teams in 1949-1953. He earned four varsity letters and served as the team’s co-captain in 1952-53. Roland and the other members of the 1951 and 1952 track and field teams were inducted into the Loyola Athletic Hall of Fame in February 1999. Aside from his participants in the athletic program, he was also an active member of the Blue Key National Honor Society.
The 1971 Baseball Team: The 1971 Baseball Team, led by Head Coach Louis “Rags” Scheuermann, is considered one of Loyola’s all-time greatest teams. The Wolfpack compiled an overall record of 34-12, representing the university’s winningest Division 1 and pre-1972 record. The team batting average was an outstanding .298, with six plus players hitting above .300 for the year. That season, Loyola would be victorious against some of the finest clubs in the nation, defeating nationally ranked Arizona State and South Alabama as well as Mississippi State, the defending champions of the Southeastern Conference. Considered by many as the finest collegiate team in Louisiana in 1971, the Wolfpack defeated home-state rivals Tulane, LSU, and the University of New Orleans. Scheuermann, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993, recorded his 200th career win that season. Five players from the team signed professional baseball contracts. Wally Pontiff, A 75’, a starting pitcher on the team, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
Inducted February 8, 2003
James “Pel” (1933-37): Pel’s athletic career at Loyola began in 1933 after he graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans, where he was a 4-sport letterman for the Blue Jays. As a two-sport star for the Maroon and Gold, Pel was the leader of both the Wolfpack football and basketball teams. Head Football Coach Eddie Reed utilized his ability at several different positions on the field. He was a threat both on the ground and through the air, serving as the ‘Pack’s starting halfback and punter, and even took over passing duties when called upon. Pel was selected a two-time Honorable Mention member of the All-Dixie Conference Football Team and was presented with the distinguished Founders Cup trophy in 1935, given to the member of the team who has best personified the spirit of Loyola. Athletic Director Moon Ducote recognized his accomplishments on the gridiron by stating that he was “one of the finest kickers Loyola has ever had.” He was equally impressive on the hardwood, where he was a three year starter for the varsity Wolfpack, leading the team to an overall record of 34-18. Pel displayed his versatility by playing both the center and forward positions on Loyola’s varsity basketball squad. He led the team in scoring in 1935 and 1937 by averaging 12 points per game and was named to the All-Star Senior AAU League Team following the 1936 campaign. He was named the university’s best all around athlete in 1937. One of the Wolfpack’s finest athletes of all time, Pel went on to play professional baseball with the hometown New Orleans Pelicans after graduating from Loyola.
Carl Lavie (1946-51): After prepping at St. Aloysius High School in New Orleans, Carl began his extraordinary Loyola basketball career in 1946 as a member of the Wolfpups. He was a three-time letterman with the Wolfpack’s varsity cagers and excelled on the court as one of the squad’s most consistent performers and high-scorers. His junior season with the Maroon and Gold proved to be Carl’s breakout year as he was the team’s second leading scorer, posting 194 points throughout the season. He served as the team’s co-captain during his senior season of 1950-1951, a year in which he scored 351 points, an average of 13 points per game. Carl’s accomplishments garnered him worthy recognition, as he was named a member of the All Gulf States Conference team, the New Orleans States Newspaper’s All-Louisiana team, and Loyola’s outstanding basketball player by the Forward Club of New Orleans. New Orleans Mayor Chip Morrison designated February 26, 1951, as “Carl Lavie Day” in the city.
1955 Baseball Team: Led by Head Coach Jack Orsley, the 1955 Loyola Wolves compiled a superb 19-3 overall record. The .863 winning percentage of this talented squad marked the best season of baseball at the university in the post-war era. The club was one of the most powerful hitting teams in the history of the Loyola program, with a remarkable ten players batting over .300 for the season. The Maroon and Gold out-slugged the opposition 218-99 in the 1955 term and scored 10 or more runs in nine games, including a 25-8 thumping of Southwestern Louisiana, which shattered Loyola’s scoring record for the most runs scored in a game. The team was considered for an at large berth in the NCAA tournament; however, financial considerations forced Loyola to decline an invitation to play Rollins College of Florida after the NCAA Committee decided that the Wolves travel to Winter park, Fl., for the three game series with Rollins.
Inducted February 28, 2004
Sam Ascani (1953-56):
1953-54 Basketball Team:
1960 Baseball Team: The 1960 Baseball team was predicted to be a losing one because they only had one returning senior and six freshmen on the squad, but as it turned out, the season record was one of the Loyola’s best, at 16-2. Coach Rags Scheurmann led the Wolfpack to victories over LSU, McNeese, Southern Illinois, Spring Hill, Wheaton and Arkansas. The team received an NCAA Tournament invitation, but Coach Scheurmann rejected it because the NCAA would not allow Loyola’s lone senior or six freshmen to play because of the line up regulations at the time.
Inducted February 19 2005
Ann Bee Berrigan (1957-59): Ann Bee was the first woman to be awarded an athletic letter at Loyola. She made the Varsity Tennis team as a female and was noted for breaking the barrier in the Dixie Roto Magazine and Sports Illustrated. Bee did not in fact win most of her matches, but she was always matched against a male opponent. Her following quote explains the disadvantage she experienced because of this: “My opponents just had to win, or else suffer the humility of losing to a female. My opponents had everything to lose. If he drops the match, he not only loses it for his team, but he loses it to ‘that girl’, so they all put out a special effort to beat me. I often wondered how many matches I would have won if it was not for this.” After Ann’s freshman year, a newly appointed Athletic Director and his staff did not think it proper that a coed should compete in what was traditionally a men’s varsity sport, so her tennis career at Loyola came to an end.
Frank Newman (1951-55):
Bobby “Blackie” Rehm (1946-50):
Sidney “Tiger” Wade (1926-64): For 35 years, Wade served as trainer (taper, masseur, etc) for all sports, as well as the general custodian for the gym. He was very knowledgeable in his trade, and serviced hundreds of Loyola athletes during his career. As one former athlete put it, he “provided professional care to the athletes in maintaining their bodies for competition”. Without exception, he was liked and loved by all who knew him. He was a fixture in Loyola athletics from 1926 until 1964 when he retired.
The 1957-58 Basketball Team: Coached by Jim Harding, the 1957-58 Loyola Basketball team had a record of 16-9. That season Loyola defeated Miami of Ohio, Florida State, LSU, Vanderbilt, Spring Hill, Southern Mississippi, Oklahoma City and Houston among other NCAA opponents. Loyola received an NCAA Tournament Invitation and unlike today’s tournament, only 24 teams received invites. They were the third Loyola basketball team of the 1950s to go to the NCAA tournament and fell to Oklahoma State in the first round.
Inducted February 10, 2007
Harold Chauvin (1952-54):
Jennifer Leier (1996-99):
Ewell “Bill” Smith (1922-25): Bill Smith was one of the greatest all around athletes Loyola had ever seen. In 1921-1922, Smith lettered in varsity baseball, before there was a football or basketball team. Then in 1922-1923 Loyola added a football team and Smith became the starting varsity fullback, football team captain, continued as a letterman on the baseball team and even led the Wolfpack in football over LSU, 7-0. In Smith’s junior year Loyola added a basketball team and lettered for all three Loyola sports. Smith’s senior year saw Loyola lose the baseball and basketball teams but he continued as the varsity fullback and was awarded the Godchaux Cup as Loyola’s outstanding athlete. His brother A.D. Smith, is also in the Loyola Hall of Fame.
Scott E. Thompson (1992-96): Thompson was a four year starter and Co-Captain for Loyola basketball from 1992-1996. He averaged double digit points per game in both his junior and senior seasons and helped lead the Wolfpack to the NAIA National Tournament in 1994-1995 after they won the Southwest Region, before falling to Concordia 90-69. For his career, Thompson scored 1,078 points.
Fred “Fritz” Westenberger (1952-55):
Inducted February, 2008
One of the finest second basemen to ever represent the Maroon and Gold, Bono was considered by Coach Scheurermann to be the most consistent player on the team. He was a starter as a freshman and that year led the team with a .409 hitting average, one of the top averages in college baseball. He was a four year starter during his career at Loyola. Bono was also usually a team leader in RBIs. His junior year saw the Wolfpack post two victories over Tulane in their inaugural Loyola-Tulane series. During his senior year, the Wolfpack was 34-12, which included victories over LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State, Tulane, and eventual NCAA National Champions, Arizona State. Bono was previously elected to the Loyola Hall of Fame as a member of the 1971 Baseball team.
: An outstanding outside hitter, Favre played in every volleyball game played by the Wolfpack during her four years of competition. Considered by her coaches as one of the team’s most valuable players, she usually led the team in kills, attacks and hitting. She was named to All-Tournament teams as the Rhodes International and UNO Fireball Classic. At the end of her senior year, she held Loyola career records in kills (1325), attacks (3954), digs (1273) and matches and games played (119/421).
: Loyola’s cross-country team was well represented at GCAC meets, either winning or placing second. This success was normally attributed to the fine performances of Fitzwilliam, the team’s top distance runner. Three times he led to the team to a qualification to the NAIA National Championship meet. He was named to the All-GCAC team each of his four year of competition. During his junior year, he won the 8K run with a time of 26:34, the first time in Loyola’s history a runner captured a GCAC title. He currently holds the following Loyola records: 8,000 meters (26:08 NAIA Nationals 1999), 5,000 meters (16:28 Audubon Invitational 1997), 4 miles (20:39 LSU Invitational 1999), and 5 miles (26:51 Catholic Nationals 1998).
Bob McLaughlin (1955-59): McLaughlin proved himself one of the finest athletes ever to compete for Loyola. Noted for his cool, calculated court presence, he consistently posted double figures after his name in box scores. He assumed a starting role in mid-season of his sophomore year, and thereafter maintained his position as floor leader for the team. Twice during his career, the Wolfpack was invited to the NCAA National Tournament (1957 and 1959), and twice to participate in the annual Sugar Bowl Basketball Tournament (1958 and 1959). In the 1959 Sugarbowl tournament, he was named to the all-tournament team after scoring 30 points in two games (Memphis and Mississippi State). During his Junior and Senior years, he was named the Maroon’s top athlete of the year. McLaughlin also played varsity baseball (had the leading batting average) and was a member of the varsity golf team.
John Spansel (1953-56): Considered to have one of the most effective curve balls in college baseball by Coach Orsley, Spansel rose to prominence during his freshman year when the regulars on the team faltered, and was considered the team’s “ace”. His record over his first three years was 15-2, making him Loyola’s leading pitcher. His success slumped during his senior year because of a developing arm problem. In 1954 and 1955, Spansel pitched two complete winning games against LSU and three days later pitched a complete game victory against Mississippi State. He was also a clutch hitter and was used as a pinch hitter for his ability to get the key hit when needed.
Inducted February 28, 2009
Gerald Brechtel (1966-70): Gerald “Jerry” Brechtel played baseball at Loyola from 1966-70. A starting catcher and four-year letter winner, Brechtel also on occasion took to the mound and played other positions with equal talent. In one game against Gannon College, he pitched the first game of a double header and caught the second game, a rare feat for a baseball player. He served as team captain during his senior year, and he was also awarded the D.H. Holmes trophy as Loyola’s Outstanding Student-Athlete in 1970. His last year was accompanied by a mediocre team won-loss record, but did register two wins over Tulane in the annual series with that cross-campus school. Brechtel graduated from Redemptorist High School in New Orleans.
Doug Neill (1999-2002): Doug Neill, a baseball player, starred at Loyola from 1999-02. A versatile player, Neill played both outfield and infield (first base) during his career, lettering all four years. His coaches considered him to be a hard worker and a team leader by example. During his sophomore year, Loyola won a total of 35 games, a Loyola record for the sport. During his junior and senior years, he was named All-GCAC and NAIA All-Region. During his senior season, Neill received an NAIA All-American honorable mention. Scholastically, he was honored as an NAIA Academic All-American his last two years of competition. He holds Loyola career records for most runs, at bats, RBIs, hits and doubles. Neill is a graduate of Rummel High School in Metairie.
Margaret Schaefer (1999-2003): Margaret “Maggie” Schaefer played for the Loyola volleyball team from 1999-03. Schaefer led Loyola to four straight GCAC titles, two NAIA Regional titles and two NAIA national tournament appearances. An outside hitter, she made the All-GCAC team all four years of her competition, and she was named the All-GCAC player of the year during her junior year. Considered to be the strongest hitter on the team, she was also named to the All-Louisiana team her junior and senior years. During her senior year, she was named an NAIA All-American honorable mention. At the time of her graduation, she held Loyola season records for kills and digs, and career records for kills, total attacks, best percentage and digs. She is a graduate of Loyola Academy of Chicago.
1961 Baseball Team: Coached by Hall of Fame Coach Lou “Rags” Scheuermann, the 1961 baseball team was considered good enough to beat any team in the nation on any given day. The team’s season record was 14-1, which included wins over LSU, Northwestern of the Big Ten, Illinois Wesleyan, Oklahoma and Southern Mississippi. The team received an NCAA bid for the national tournament, but did not accept it because a number of team members would not have been able to compete for having four years (rather than the NCAA limit of three) of varsity competition. Ten players on the team either signed or considered professional contracts. Team members were: Ken Adolph, Jerry Brady, Walt Case, Bob Delpidio, Sturges Ducoing, Larry Hoyt, Joe McMahon Jr., Wayne Pietri, Bobby Powell, Mike Rooney, Bill Schonacher (captain), Fred Schwartz, Chuck Staub, Lou Triche, Pete Vollenweider, W.E. “Ed” Wahden, Lloyd George “L.G.” Webre, Bill Werling and Fred Woessner. Bill Delaney and Frank Carrara Jr., were team managers.
Inducted February 20, 2010
John Altobello (1939-42): As a graduate from Warren Easton High School, Altobello entered Loyola with an outstanding high school career in basketball and football. He gained starter status as forward/guard on the basketball team as a sophomore, he was high scorer in a number of games, and scored the winning goal against Springhill in the Dixie Conference Tournament. He was considered as one of the outstanding Loyola athletes along with his teammate Jim McCafferty after the 1940-41 seasons. He was again named a co-captain for the 1941-42 season and led the team in scoring percentage (.81). According to Coach Jack Orsley, he was “the spark of the team.” After his junior year, he joined the Navy for service during World War II. After his service career, he began a basketball and baseball coaching career, first at St. Aloysius High School, and then at De La Salle High School. At De La Salle his teams won numerous district and state championships in both sports. He has been inducted into the New Orleans Sports and Louisiana Sports Halls of Fame.
Henry “Zeke” Bonura (1927-31): As a freshman in 1927, Bonura played on and coached, the freshman basketball team because Loyola did not field a varsity team that year. He also served as captain of the team and was its “super player,” scoring 226 points, an average of 25 points per game. His total was more than half of the team’s total. As a sophomore, he continued his phenomenal scoring record in varsity competition, and was named the outstanding forward of the AAU League in which Loyola participated. He probably would have become one of Loyola’s all time great athletes, but he left the university at the end of his second year to sign a professional baseball contract. He played in the major league for a total of 10 years. Bonura returned to the university for the 1930-31 season to coach the varsity basketball team. Bonura also played on the football team during his first two years. He was a graduate of St. Stanislaus High School in Mississippi.
Chester Doll (1951-52 & 1956-58): After an outstanding athletic career at Holy Cross High School, Doll entered Loyola as a starter on the freshman team, which went 25-1 and won the SAAU championship. He was the third leading scorer on the team. He entered military service after his freshman year, not returning to Loyola until 1956. He experienced a “rusty” year because of being away from the game for so long. During his junior year, he was the fourth leading scorer and second in team rebounds. The team participated in the Annual Sugar Bowl Tournament beating Vanderbilt in the consolation game. The team also was invited to the NCAA Tournament. Doll was named to the All-Tournament team having scored 30 points in two games. He won the D.H, Holmes trophy in 1958 as the Outstanding Loyola Athlete for the year. His senior year saw his miss eight games because of a broken hand, but still managing to rate as the team’s third leading scorer. The Maroon that year declared, “He plays it with all the heart and intestinal forthright he can muster. He never gives up!”
Robert Hanberg (1959-64): Described by basketball and track coach Jim McCafferty as “the best natural athlete I have ever seen,” Hanberg was recruited from California chiefly because of his outstanding record in tennis competitions as a teenager. He graduated from Whittier High School in Whittier, California. He was a freshman member of the 1951 Loyola Hall of Fame Tennis Team, and played the number one position for the second Hall of Fame team in 1952. He maintained his number one position for his junior and senior years, and served as captain of the team those two years. During his Loyola career, he lost only five intercollegiate matches while winning the Louisiana State single and double championship, the Gulf States Conference singles and doubles championship, the Municipal single championship, and named to the All-District and All Catholic teams. He was equally outstanding as a member of the Wolfpack basketball teams, earning a starting position all four years. He was named the Forward Club’s outstanding basketball player during his junior year. Hanberg earned four letters in each of his two sports, the only Loyola athlete to do so.
Yussef Jasmine (1997-2000): Jasmine is a graduate of Archbishop Shaw High School. He was one of the outstanding players making Loyola’s return to athletics in the early 90s so successful, competing at Division 1 of the NAIA. Jasmine played all four positions as a freshman, was the third leading scorer and led the team in steals. As a sophomore he again led the team in steals, was second in scoring and second in rebounding. During his junior year he led the team both in scoring and rebounding. He served as team co-captain his senior year, and again led the team in scoring and rebounding. He was named to the All GCAC team. His career scoring record 1, 418 points, places him forth in all-time Wolfpack basketball records. Jasmine coached at East St. John High School, in his second year as coach of the Wildcats, Jasmine led his team to the District 6-5A championship -- the first outright district title for the boys team. Jasmine was named the 2008-2009 All-River Parishes boys basketball Coach of the Year.
Inducted February 5, 2011
John J. "Rags" Casteix Jr. (1944-48): Although having never competed in athletics in high school, the Loyola Maroon labeled Casteix as the “find” of the year during his freshman year. He was a perennial starter during his years in the Wolfpack, and served as co-captain on the team that won the national championship (National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball, Pepperdine) in 1945 with a 25-5 record. He scored the winning goal to beat Southern Illinois in the semi-final game of that tournament. Though never a prolific scorer, he excelled in defense, usually being assigned to guard the opposition’s high scorer. He played five years (allowed at that time) on the varsity squad. Casteix was a graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans.
Jaime M. Richard (1995-98): Richard graduated from Mt. Carmel Academy in New Orleans, where she was an all-state volleyball selection and led her school to back-to-back state championships in 1993 and 1994. She was named twice to the Louisiana all-state volleyball team in 1993 and 1994, while being selected as the state’s best defensive player. As a freshman and a sophomore at Loyola, she started every match and led the team in set assists. She had 68 assists in a win against NCAA Division I Grambling State and received all-tournament honors at the 1995 University of the South Invitational. At the end of her senior year, she held Loyola’s record for career assists (3,842) and season assists (1,193).
J. Fred Woessner Jr. (1960-63): A graduate of Jesuit High School, Woessner started at third base for the Wolfpack as a freshman, and led the team with a .509 average, setting a new Loyola record and ranking him seventh nationally. Also during his freshman year, he was named the “L” Club’s outstanding varsity athlete. He was a member of the 1961 baseball team that was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008. The Wolfpack baseball teams were highly successful during his playing years: 1960 16-2 (.889); 1961 15-2 (.882); 1962 15-3 (.833). As a junior, he was moved to the outfield where he led the team in homeruns and triples. After his junior year, Woessner signed a professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He also lettered as a member of the golf team.
Inducted January 28, 2012
Clark Shaughnessy (1926-32): Shaughnessy arrived at Loyola in 1926 after leading Tulane University to a Rose Bowl invitation, amassed a 38-19-5 record in six years as head coach. The highlight of his tenure occurred in 1928 when Loyola traveled to take on Notre Dame and the legendary Knute Rockne in their season opener. Despite an early 6-0 lead, Loyola eventually fell to the Irish, 12-6, prompting Rockne to say, "Never get me another 'warm-up game' against a team coached by that guy." Rockne later extended the compliment by saying, “If I can name the two best football coaches in America, one of them is going to be Clark Shaughnessy. He later coached at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, the University of Maryland, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Hawaii, and in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams. He was elected to the College Coaching Hall of Fame in 1968.
Jerry Brady (1959-62): Brady played second base for the Wolfpack from 1959-62 was considered one of the best defensive players of his era. As a sophomore, Brady was flawless in the field, not committing a single error during the 1960 campaign. A year later, Brady was ranked third in the nation, stealing 18 bases. He also led the Wolfpack in runs scored in 1960 and 1962, and finished with a career batting average of .327. Brady was offered a professional baseball contract by Houston, but chose to stay at Loyola to complete his degree.
David Lindsey (1999-2002): Lindsey, a catcher and relief pitcher for the Wolfpack from 1997-2000, led the Wolfpack in 2000 with 51 runs batted in, the fourth most in school history. During his career, he drove in 115 runs, which tied for third most in school history. In 1998, Lindsey led the team in home runs, while hitting .310 on the season. As a catcher, he threw out 65 of 88 runners and was twice named an All Gulf Coast Athletic Conference selection. Lindsey is the only Loyola baseball player to be selected in the Major League Baseball amateur draft since the university reinstituted baseball in 1991, getting picked by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 29th round.
Stephanie Legleu Crews (1999-2002): Crews was named to the GCAC All-Conference Team all four years of her career and, while competing for Loyola, the Wolfpack placed second in the GCAC Championships and qualified for the NAIA National meet three times. Crews holds several school records, including best times in the 5000 meters, two-mile and three-mile races. She led the 2001 Wolfpack to the GCAC and NAIA Region 13 women’s team titles, and she was a NAIA All-Region selection in 2001. As a track athlete, she holds Loyola records in the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m and was named Academic All-American during her senior year.
Inducted January 19, 2013
After graduating from Jesuit High school at the age of 17, Peter Finney began his career as a journalist covering sports for the Times-Picayune (The States Item). During the course of his career, Finney has chronicled the history of the New Orleans Saints. The Nov. 1966 edition of the paper trumpeted the arrival of the franchise: “N.O. Goes Pro!” The byline was Finney’s. He also covered the Saints Super Bowl title in 2010. In addition, he has given fans of New Orleans sports an on-going perspective of LSU football, including the national championships in 1958, 2004, and 2007. Finney has interviewed numerous legendary athletes, including Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Mohammed Ali. During his tenure, Finney served as the Sports Editor at the Times-Picayune and his 67 year career continues today as a columnist for the Times Picayune. As a student-athlete at Loyola University New Orleans, Finney was a starter on the basketball team as a junior and senior year for the Wolf Pack. After graduating as a two year letter winner, Finney took the helm as head coach of the “Wolfpups”, Loyola’s freshmen basketball team. He led the squad to be the New Orleans SAAU Champions. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Finney served as the Sports Information Director for the Wolf Pack, providing game results and stats to local media outlets. Finney received the Dick McCann Memorial Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. He has also been inducted into the LSU Manship School of Communications Hall of Fame, New Orleans Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Hall of Fame. He has been named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Columnist of the Year four times and in 1989 he received the Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism. He was also named Sportswriter of the Year for Louisiana from the National Sportscasters and Sports Writers Association 17 times. In 1971, he was named the Jesuit High School Alumnus of the Year.
Kelly Fridge participated in the most wins (96) of any player to don the maroon and gold. During her tenure the Wolf Pack won 20 or more matches in each of her four seasons. As a defensive player, Fridge still owns the Loyola record for most digs, 2,849 and is 3rd on the NAIA’s all time career dig list. She also holds the Wolf Pack record for matches played with 148 and sets played with 490. Three of her four years, the team appeared in the NAIA Regional Championship. The 2002 squad won 31 matches, the second most in Loyola history, and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament. The next season, Fridge again led the team in digs, 700 (6.08 per game) and helped the team reach a 20-15 record. Kelly again led the team in digs in the 2004 season, 692. She also was named All-GCAC libero and the GCAC libero of the year. Leading as Team Captain in 2006, Fridge was named the GCAC libero of the week 6 times and the Region XIII libero of the week 5 times. She was named to the All Louisiana Team and the Defensive Player of the Year in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. She is a graduate of Chapelle High School.
Mike Gulotta (2000-04): One of the most decorated Student-Athletes of the new era, Michael Gulotta was a four year letter winner for the Loyola cross country and track team from 2000-04. Gulotta is the only runner to date to qualify for the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in each of his four years competing for the Wolf Pack. He was also a four year All-GCAC performer. In his senior season, Gulotta was named All-GCAC, All-NAIA Region XIII, and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association named him All-Louisiana. Gulotta was the quintessential student athlete as he maintained a 3.92 GPA and was twice named NAIA Scholar Athlete. He still holds two Loyola cross country records- a 15:52 performance in the 5,000 meters and a 15:54 time in the three miles. The Maroon considered the 2003-2004 team as “one of the best in sports history at Loyola,” and they also named Gulotta the Athlete of the Year in 2003. Gulotta is a graduate of Archbishop Hannan High School.