Edward “Skeets” TuohyBasketball Coach, 1956-75
A legendary high school coach whose career 84.5 winning percentage included three state championships among nine state tournament appearances in 15 seasons, Tuohy coached basketball at Newman High (1960-75) until a stroke ended his career. Newman’s record was 13-12 the year before he took over and in his first year the team went 32-0 and won the state championship. Newman won state titles in 1960-61, 1962-63 and 1963-64 and went to the state tournament nine times in his 15 seasons, including six in a row from 1961-66. His teams were district champions in all 15 years – the last six teams didn’t lose a district game. Tuohy’s overall record was 403-74 (.845). He never lost more than nine games in one season. Tuohy, who had coached at Holy Cross in New Orleans from 1956-59, quit coaching in 1975 after suffering a stroke. A 2013 inductee to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and a member of the New Orleans High School Sports Hall of Fame (located at Ye Olde College Inn in New Orleans), he died in 1982, at age 51. He had three sons who played college basketball.