Alex Athas – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Warren Easton HS/Tulane University
A three-sport athlete who made his biggest mark in basketball, Alex “Greek” Athas died in 2009 at the age of 86. He was a three-time All-SEC selection in basketball while playing for Tulane in the 1940s.
Athas lettered in football, basketball and track and field at Warren Easton High School before moving on to join the Green Wave. His time with the Greenies was interrupted by a stint in the Navy during World War II when he saw combat duty in the Pacific, including at the Battle of Okinawa.
During his first year at Tulane (1943-44), he led the SEC with 14.1 points per game and set a single-game tournament scoring record with 28 points. Tulane, which registered a 72-14 record during Athas’ years, twice played for the SEC Championship, both times losing to Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky squads.
In addition to basketball, Athas played one season of football and was a standout in track at Tulane. He was the SEC Champion in the 220-yard low hurdles and the broad jump.
After playing professional basketball for three years, Athas returned to Warren Easton as a coach, assisting with football and track and field as well as serving as the head basketball coach over the next 34 years. He retired in 1988.
He has also been selected to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame and the Warren Easton Hall of Fame.