Andy Pilney – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Tulane University/Jefferson Parish
After eight years as assistant coach at Tulane University, Andy Pilney took over head coaching duties for the Green Wave from 1954-61. While his record was only 25-49-6, he was coaching in a very challenging era in which the Tulane administration was de-emphasizing athletics while still competing in the Southeastern Conference.
During Pilney’s tenure, the Green Wave recorded memorable victories over Auburn in 1955, Ole Miss in 1956 and Navy in 1958.
Pilney once wrote, “I think sports are important not just because I make my living from, teaching football…sports can improve (man’s) whole approach to life and make him operate better mentally, too.”
After retiring from coaching, Pilney served 12 years on the Jefferson Parish Council. He focused on improving recreational facilities and playgrounds and was a key part of the effort to build Lafreniere Park.
A Kansas native, Pilney was an All-American football player at Notre Dame in the 1930s. He played professional baseball from 1936-41 and then served in the Navy until taking an assistant coaching job at Washington University in St. Louis.
Born on January 19, 1913, Pilney died on September 15, 1996 in Kenner at the age of 83.